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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Woodrell Narrator: Nicholas Tecosky Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611135046
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Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him—she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie’s purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dark, disturbing beauty of a story…Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed.”

    Charles Frazier, National Book Award–winning author of Cold Mountain

  • [Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization and theme mesh with a seamless power. Michael Anderson, New York Times Book Review
  • A fiery, poetic, hair-raising novel. Bret Israel, Los Angeles Times
  • The plot, tawdry in the abstract, is transformed by Woodrell's gallows humour and his rendering of Shug's voice, part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield. Bharat Tandon, Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)
  • A dark, disturbing beauty of a story . . . Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed. Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain
  • “I can’t remember coming across a more precise evocation of innocence lost since Golding’s The Lord of the Flies…Woodrell has written his masterpiece—spare, dark, and incandescently beautiful.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River

  • “Stunningly accomplished…[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization, and theme mesh with a seamless power.”

    New York Times

  • “Shug’s voice is so charged with sincerity, his developing sense of self so believable, that it is impossible not to read this novel in one sitting. Woodrell writes potently about the air of sexuality and violence surrounding the family, but The Death of Sweet Mister never depicts their behavior gratuitously; instead, Woodrell slyly compels the reader to conjure up the disturbing acts of his characters without ever having to describe them. We imagine what his characters imagine, and in doing so, we come face to face with parts of ourselves we either buried long ago or never dared consciously to confront.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Pack[s] a visceral punch…Woodrell’s merciless realism is shot through with humor and rural wisdom…his bleak world is rendered with consummate artistry.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Tecosky’s cool narration becomes downright chilling as Shug learns what he’s willing to do—and what he’s willing to give up—for love.”

    AudioFile

  • “Stunning…Woodrell describes the lives of Ozark hill folk with unflinching honesty, but he never fails to find heartbreaking tenderness beneath the hardscrabble surface…A word-perfect conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy of novels.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Woodrell is an absolute master at building tension in relaxed prose, and the novel has a haunting a wonderful force.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this book until I got to the end. I really enjoyed the narrative although it was quite melancholy, but then the end was just insane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/17/2014

    " Daniel Woodrell takes words, strings them together, and breathes life into them - it is extraordinary how unpretentious and genuine his prose is. He is just a crazy talented writer. This is his most heartbreaking novel yet, and it left me deeply affected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/16/2014

    " This short book was quite powerful- very sad and poetic, about a boy's relationship with his mother. The setting in the Missouri Ozarks really set the mood- not an easy life for some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Orpee7 | 2/16/2014

    " I love his books but they make me glad I didn't grow up where they're set. Dickensian bleakness at times but really wonderful writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathee | 2/14/2014

    " Very hard to read due to the use of improper English by the characters. I understand it was used to establish the scenario; I just couldn't stay interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spike | 2/5/2014

    " Great premise. As usual Woodrell handles the language and settings with care. I give it only 3 stars, however because I did not find the ending plausible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa Leone Davidson | 2/5/2014

    " I used to believe I enjoyed dark, dreary novels but now I am unsure. The Death of Sweet Mister deals with a whole host of dark issues, from crime (stealing pain killers from children and seniors with cancer) to incest. Too depressing for my taste, without anything uplifting to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Wilson | 1/18/2014

    " Sweet and sad. Beautifully written, like everything else I have read by Woodrell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/12/2014

    " Beautifully written as always with Woodrell, but his "Tomato Red" is so much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Granny J | 12/20/2013

    " Rich characters abuse & use each other "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nevil Parker | 12/13/2013

    " Heartbreaking, life changing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/4/2013

    " Amazing. Woodrell is a national treasure. It is a true pity he is not more widely read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Idcc | 12/4/2013

    " Devastating. Dry prose. Surprising end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean King | 12/3/2013

    " Edgy, violent, sexually disturbing, engrossing. Southern gothic about as well done as it can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Brown | 11/28/2013

    " Daniel Woodrell is gifted "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 manfred | 11/28/2013

    " kurze kritik auf meinem blog "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Clayton | 10/6/2013

    " What a gifted writer. Craft-wise, Woodrell is a national treasure. Every sentence of this book is word music. THE DEATH OF SWEET MISTER confirms for me that Daniel Woodrell is one of the greatest writers of our time. I might have to re-read it very soon, along with TOMATO RED. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Hiltgen | 7/9/2013

    " Excellent read. Short and brutal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/19/2012

    " Heavy subject; great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djrmel | 11/6/2012

    " Dark and twisted and masterfully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/26/2012

    " Finished this book last night yet my mind keeps wandering back to it so it's getting a rating bump. Disturbing. Haunting. Not for the feint of heart. This story & "Dirty Work" by Larry Brown will stick with me for a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/12/2012

    " A definite page-turner for me, but a little creepy, especially at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate Hendrix | 9/6/2012

    " This one was a little weird. You want to root for the kid, but things get a little strange. The ending is not what you would think. I am sad that I now don't have any more of Woodrell's books to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tay | 7/15/2012

    " it wass a wonderful book and the charater development deserves 5 stars "

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About the Author
Author Daniel WoodrellDaniel Woodrell's five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. He lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
About the Narrator

Nicholas Tecosky, also known as Douglas Berger, is an actor and writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He cowrote the horror omnibus V/H/S, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and produces the Write Club Atlanta live show and podcast.