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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke—an atmospheric, powerful, coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms.

On its surface, life in Houston in the 1950s is as you’d expect: stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Broussard’s feet. There’s a class war between the “haves” and the “have-nots” as well as a real war, Korea, happening on the other side of the world. It is against this backdrop that Aaron comes of age, trying to understand how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what “traditional America” means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.

When Aaron spots the beautiful Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a drive-in, he steps in. Aaron and Valerie begin dating, but Grady presents a looming problem—as does Grady’s father, who has troubling criminal connections. In the middle of it all is Aaron, who seemingly takes care of one threat, only to see multiple ones manifest in its stead.

In The Jealous Kind, “modern master” (Publishers Weekly) James Lee Burke creates a singular, bittersweet experience that mirrors a larger world on the precipice of great change. As Aaron undergoes his harrowing evolution from boy to man, we can’t help but recall the inspirational power of first love and how far we would go to protect the world we know. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This book, with its larger-than-life characters, is a grand adventure…its noirish reality tinged with a rosy glow, part of which comes from spilled blood.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A big, broad, engagingly overstuffed new novel…Burke knows how to keep a story humming along…and then there’s Burke’s sense of place, which is so richly interwoven with his sense of history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wealth and privilege clash with poverty and ignorance as young Aaron Broussard finds first love, confronts his foes, and saves a friend.”

    Sacramento Bee

  • “Burke has a hit with this dark, atmospheric story of teenagers trying to make it through high school without getting killed by Mafia hit men, low-life thugs, and greasers with oily ducktails and switchblade knives.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Burke’s exquisite story about a teenager caught up in a 1950s class war, narrated by Will Patton, grabs listeners from the get-go. His portrayal of the novel’s young narrator, Aaron Holland Broussard, is fully believable… Patton’s compassion resonates as the boy struggles to prevent his best friend from self-destructing. From Burke’s dialogue, Patton extracts not only the Houston setting but also its distinctive social groups and their complex network of relationships…Overall, this is a stellar production, not to be missed.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hal Smith | 12/30/2016

    " Another great book. "

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