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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Mullen Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781400185597
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Late one night in August 1934, following a yearlong spree of bank robberies across the Midwest, Jason and Whit Fireson are forced into a police shootout and die … for the first time.

Now it appears that the bank robbers known as the Firefly Brothers by an admiring public have at last met their end in a hail of bullets. Jason and Whit’s lovers—Darcy, a wealthy socialite, and Veronica, a hardened survivor—struggle between grief and an unyielding belief that the Firesons have survived. While they and the Firesons’ stunned mother and straight-arrow third son wade through conflicting police reports and press accounts, wild rumors spread that the bandits are still at large. Through it all, the Firefly Brothers remain as charismatic, unflappable, and as mythical as the American Dream itself, racing to find the women they love and make sense of a world in which all has come unmoored.

Complete with kidnappings, gangsters, heiresses, and speakeasies, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers is an imaginative and spirited saga about what happens when you are hopelessly outgunned—and a masterly tale of hardship, redemption, and love that transcends death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mullen makes the despair of the Great Depression palpable, as his antiheroes become folk icons to the downtrodden people of the Midwest resentful of a government that can’t help them. Readers comfortable with significant narrative ambiguities will be engrossed.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 2/12/2014

    " This book will take you back to the depression without being too gloomy or too criminal glorifying. I enjoyed learning about the struggles of everyone during this era. The brothers interaction was interesting. Like brothers would interact. I wish Whit had more pages but Darcy and Jason were able to carry the story on there own. They were the glamorous side of prohabition and years after. Whit represents the downtrodden trying to fight back. It's worth the read even if it starts slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/7/2014

    " Nice mix of period fiction and fantasy. Well written page turner "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 2/5/2014

    " Fun read! Gangster bank robbers in the 30s who keep getting killed and coming back to life. They are just as baffled by their circumstances as the reader. Very enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/28/2014

    " Goodness this book was hard to get through. Interesting premise, great characters, but way too much back story that doesn't lead to as much of a shocking end as the writer thinks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arjuna | 1/25/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyable, although the end seemed a little abrupt... still satisfying. I really liked the central characters - to the point where a sequel would be wonderful (if ultimately not a good idea, probably).... one just wants to know What Happened To Them Next, is all). It's the sort of thing one can imagine working really well on the small screen - a Carnivale-style mini-series, maybe... lots of time and detail and just-plain-being-human stuff mixed in with the beautifully understated occult aspects. I love the fact that the weirdity wasn't dwelled upon, just let stand, so the story could get on with just being itself. Well worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Alison Haskin | 1/17/2014

    " Fabulously fun opening and a fun read throughout! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debs | 12/8/2013

    " Of course I'm biased because I'm a college-chum of the author. Mullen provides a good narrative of Depression era life, but where the book truly shines is in the quiet moments when all three brothers reflect on lives lived, mistakes made, indiscretions forgiven, and what family is worth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/4/2013

    " If you can get past the magical premise (I'm not giving anything away here, it's in the title), this one is an utterly fascinating study of myths large and small. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. S........... | 10/14/2013

    " Empathy can cure many social ills. Mullen tries to voice this notion here in an oddly visual manner. He should be writing movie scripts, making more money, so he can enjoy going off into the sunset in a nicer fashion than his protagonist! Not bad, not fine literature, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Webster | 10/3/2013

    " Fairly gripping story with interesting twists but no real sense of going anywhere. Ultimately less satisfying than it promised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 7/13/2013

    " a good strong start that unfortunately kind of peters out. great ending though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hali Porchetta | 4/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Mullen's writing was clever, much more evolved from "The Last Town On Earth". Another "mystical" story, one where I'm still not sure what I believe happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/2/2013

    " Bank robbers during the Depression who come back to life. What not to like! Can't say more or it would spoil it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorayne | 2/21/2013

    " Took an awful long time to get there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debs | 11/10/2012

    " A story about two bank-robbing brothers, with a slight supernatural edge. I liked this one more in retrospect than I did when I first read it. I think the author was/is a big fan of the film Public Enemies, because I saw a lot of that film in this novel. Loved the two brothers, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 8/30/2012

    " Fascinating look at the depression era and the mythical bandits. Became a bit repetitive. Those boys should have been real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly Staron | 8/18/2012

    " When is this meeting again?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 5/31/2012

    " This books mixes and old-fashioned feel with surreal, in a very believable way! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/7/2012

    " This was quite a story! It wash a bit slow at start but eventually sucked me in. However, there were still too many loose ends at the end. - so I could only give 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Jeffries | 12/19/2011

    " An interesting twist on the 1930s gangster tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/5/2011

    " This was a good read. I like how it followed multiple characters and the transitions. Kept you in suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/2/2011

    " This was a good read. I like how it followed multiple characters and the transitions. Kept you in suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/18/2011

    " Good and captivating until about page 275. Then it started to feel "preachy" but seemed to get back on track toward the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denali | 3/22/2011

    " This was a great story but not especially well told. Huge sections of the book were written in bizarrely plodding prose (bizarre since this is an adventure). I found myself wishing that it was more like Matt Bondurant's The Wettest County in the World. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/8/2011

    " This was one of the most unusual books I've ever read. The ending was a little maddening, though. His description of the Great Depression was very good and the life of the bank robbers was told with detail but also heart. I loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arly | 2/28/2011

    " Thought it would be good. Could not get into it. Waste of a good premise and a good title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chery | 10/18/2010

    " A very intriguing premise accompanied by strong descriptive writing and clear characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/30/2010

    " Goodness this book was hard to get through. Interesting premise, great characters, but way too much back story that doesn't lead to as much of a shocking end as the writer thinks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vijay | 9/27/2010

    " Although I enjoyed this book I did not feel it was worthy of four stars. Three is sufficient for this Depression era tale of Zombie Gangsters! "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Mullen

Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction, and The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers. His books have been named Best of the Year by such publications as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Onion, and Amazon.com.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.