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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: Alyssa Bresnahan, C. J. Critt, Lee Smith, Tom Stechschulte, Ruth Ann Phimister, Linda Stephens, Mark Hammer, Sally Darling, Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781440799938
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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!

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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. "

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About the Author
Author Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a New York Times bestselling novelist. She has written numerous novels and short story collections, including Saving Grace, Fair and Tender Ladies, and a novella, The Christmas Letters. Her novel The Last Girls won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the North Carolina Award for Literature; two of her short story collections also won the O. Henry Award. Smith currently lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

About the Narrators

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.

Linda Stephens is a seasoned audiobook narrator whose readings include Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award and was a finalist for the Audie Award for Best Narration.

Mark Hammer has had long and distinguished career in the theater. After earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, he completed an MFA degree at Catholic University. For twenty-three years after that, he served on the drama faculty at that university and as co-chairman of its MFA acting program. For the last sixteen of those years, he was also a member of the resident acting company at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. There, he had significant roles in both classic and contemporary dramas. He was twice nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performances in Cloud Nine and The Wild Duck. He has also appeared in several Broadway plays. Hammer was proud to be chosen to narrate the opening film of the permanent exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum.

Sally Darling, a graduate of Wellesley, made her professional debut as Anna in The King and I with members of the original Broadway cast. She worked with Katherine Houghton in a production of Murder in the Cathedral performed in the chapel at West Point Military Academy. As a director, she has workshopped productions of musicals slated for Broadway. She has directed numerous regional productions and has created several revues. She is also an acclaimed audiobook narrator.

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.