Extended Audio Sample

Download The Devil's Dream Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Devils Dream (Unabridged), by Lee Smith
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Smith Narrator: Linda Stephens, Tom Stechschulte, Sally Darling Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Devil's Dream is an animated, lyrical novel that is meant to be savored as spoken word. Consummate storyteller Lee Smith's creation will delight anyone who enjoys the sound of language and a good story.

Preacher's son Moses Bailey believed that the fiddle was the voice of the Devil and denied his wife the pleasure of the music she dearly loved. She fiddled for her three children behind her husband's back. Thus begins a magnificent 150-year saga of a musical Southern family featuring barn dances, medicine shows, the Grand Ole Opry, and the evolution of country music from hymns to rockabilly.

Generations of authentic, down-home mountain people spring to life, colorful dialects and all, through the magic of several extraordinary narrators. Each chapter, a story in itself, will move listeners with its passion, emotion, warmth, and intimacy. Download and start listening now!

BK_RECO_000397

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/15/2014

    " The only negative thing I have to say about this book is I sometimes got the characters confused. That being said, don't let anything stop you from reading this novel. It reads like what could have been the Carter family history. Being from the "Music City" I know something about Mamma Mae Belle and her family. Having a Father who never lost his country roots, I can appreciate the hard life many of the fictional characters suffered. Their suffering came out often in their music, which is the thing about music isn't it? It reflects one's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cjperkins33 | 1/5/2014

    " Great family saga. Will definitely try to read more by Lee Smith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/10/2013

    " It was slow to get into, but I enjoyed the second half immensely. A well-crafted story about an often-forgotten region and era: bluegrass and country western music in Appalachia, Family Von Trapp-style. Mostly tragic with unusually deep characters that are entirely unaware of their own complexity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/29/2013

    " Excellent Appalachian fiction from a powerful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/24/2013

    " Love the way music is actually a character in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/17/2013

    " A dense and beautiful love song for all of Smith's country heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 9/27/2013

    " Good book, very accurate representation of life in the Appalachains. Includes the ups and downs of real life, disfunctional families and all. Characters come alive thru the dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Skerritt | 9/11/2013

    " Really good historical NC fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/12/2013

    " You love music? You love books about the south? Read this. Lee Smith at her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 10/26/2012

    " Loved the story, but could not keep up with the characters due to the way it was written (in chapters telling stories from various characters' points of view). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 4/8/2012

    " Very nice, I actually read it because of the subject matter. She's no Margaret Attwood or Annie Proulx nor nothing like that, but this swings along and tells the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denton | 1/30/2012

    " I have always thought Oral History was my favorite of Lee Smith's books, but it may now be The Devil's Dream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enid | 10/23/2011

    " Smith weaves magic around her charaxters--or maybe she makes them seem magical. This novel lags at the end, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Coburn | 9/6/2011

    " This is one of my absolute favorite books! It's wonderful. That's it. Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee Stephenson | 5/20/2011

    " This book wasn't the page turner for me like "Fair and Tender Ladies". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mich | 4/6/2011

    " absolutley loved it! there were a few things i would have liked a bit better BUT seriously? not worth complaining about!! READ IT!! a great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 12/24/2010

    " A slow starter, but ultimately utterly powerful and compelling. One of Smith's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/8/2010

    " My fave author. Recent books are three or four stars compared with first ones, which are all 5. Oral History is a classic for all women to read, all literature and writing students to study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/22/2010

    " Loved the story, but could not keep up with the characters due to the way it was written (in chapters telling stories from various characters' points of view). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/5/2009

    " A dense and beautiful love song for all of Smith's country heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/4/2008

    " My fave author. Recent books are three or four stars compared with first ones, which are all 5. Oral History is a classic for all women to read, all literature and writing students to study. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 8/2/2008

    " A slow starter, but ultimately utterly powerful and compelling. One of Smith's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/8/2008

    " Darn, I wrote a review but it didn't save it.
    Read it anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/31/2007

    " This is one of my absolute favorite books! It's wonderful. That's it. Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 10/31/2007

    " Very nice, I actually read it because of the subject matter. She's no Margaret Attwood or Annie Proulx nor nothing like that, but this swings along and tells the truth. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations