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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (748 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Woodrell Narrator: Leslie Bellair, Brian Troxell Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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Twelve timeless Ozarkian tales of those on the fringes of society, by a stunningly original (Associated Press) American master.

Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal behavior in this wrenching collection of stories. Desperation-both material and psychological - motivates his characters. A husband cruelly avenges the killing of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbor.

There is also the tenderness and loyalty of the vulnerable in these stories - between spouses, parents and children, siblings, and comrades in arms - which brings the troubled, sorely tested cast of characters to vivid, relatable life. And, as ever, the music coming from Woodrell's banjo cannot be confused with the sounds of any other writer (Donald Harington, Atlanta Journal Constitution). Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Burrage | 2/20/2014

    " There's some dark material here. I liked the writing style but I don't think I'd like to have the author as a guest in my home. I expect he's moody. "

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

    " Not my favorite Woodrell, but I struggle with short stories. Very dark, some humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Krum | 2/1/2014

    " This is the best book I've read in a long time. I read the entire thing 3 times before giving it back to the lender. Daniel Woodrell writes in a way that makes you both love and fear him as a human being - which I enjoy. The Missouri/Ozark settings of these stories made it very interesting to me and one finds an accurate if not flattering portrait of the region. Heavy, dark and often sad - but truly great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 1/30/2014

    " I loved Winter's Bone (and found it very authentic). But--and I say this as someone who grew up about twenty minutes from where these stories are set--the characters in this book did not ring true to me. The writing is lovely, but I don't believe it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/23/2014

    " Southern Gothic fiction -- and I'm thinking now also of the stage play-cum-film "Killer Joe" -- is fascinating in part because it's so hard to tell if it is "good". As in, is it art/literary. (I would also add the qualification "moral" in the sense that John Gardner uses it.) If a book is beautifully written, as this is, or a movie beautifully directed and acted, as Killer Joe is, but is really just delicious nastiness without redemption... can it be high art? Dennis Lehane and GIllian Flynn, whom I'd consider literary thriller writers, also have some nasty pieces. If you can't discern the meaning of a text, is this a disservice to the reader? Does it count as meaning if the author intended the meaning to be obscured (the meaning is to look for meaning where there isn't any)? If I'm thinking about something and asking all these questions after reading it, is that its value? I suppose it's a matter of opinion, one that comes down to: are you entertained or at least intregued by translucently gleeful depictions of violence, as long as they are skillfully rendered? I can't deny that I am, and so I enjoyed The Outlaw Album. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Valente | 1/7/2014

    " Powerful and well written though slightly samey stories set in the bleak rural landscapes of America, from the author of 'Winter's Bone' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer Seher | 12/23/2013

    " A spectacular book of short stories that are very emotional and engaging. His style is sharp and stinging and to the point, and the themes he touches upon - history, small town life, war - are fascinating. These are haunting tales, sad, redemptive, and human. I wanted to read more and more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ | 12/20/2013

    " this book was written exactly for me. One of the best collections I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. J. | 12/3/2013

    " I have to admit, I didn't like all the stories. A couple near the end dragged a bit for me personally, but I'm still giving four stars because the majority were fantastic. Woodrell is amazing. This is only the second book of his I've read, and I can't wait to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 patty | 11/3/2013

    " About halfway in, and all I can say is WOW at this time. Wrenching indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 11/19/2012

    " Terse, violent but not without haphazard poetry (like the people of the Ozarks they describe), these stories are a wonderful example of form tailored to subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cait | 11/17/2012

    " I am IN LOVE with the way this man writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 10/16/2012

    " One of the best things I have ever read. Great stories, amazing writing, pure delight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 9/17/2012

    " Good stuff, like a cross between Raymond Carver and Donald Ray Pollock, but not on a par with Winter's Bone, which I'm beginning to suspect was the distillation of everything he had to say and in which he said it all best, and Woe to Live On, which was just damn lyrical and lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/22/2012

    " Disturbing, beautifully written, many sentences I wanted to read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Robotham | 12/14/2011

    " This is a brilliant series of dark, violent short stories from a remarkable writer. My only complaint - it's too short. Can't wait for his upcoming novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Mccarragher | 11/9/2011

    " A wonderfully well written book. It is so well written you would think it was written by one of the great writers of all time. We may well be looking at one of the next all time greats. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 11/3/2011

    " Daniel Woodrell. Easily the best American writer of the past 50 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/27/2011

    " Not my favorite Woodrell, but I struggle with short stories. Very dark, some humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah | 10/26/2011

    " pulpy 'zarksploitation fables, uncomplicated, decent in small doses "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 10/12/2011

    " Excellent. Hard to put down (I read it practically all in one sitting). Plus, I learned that he's written like 8 novels already. That's a lot to look forward to! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/10/2011

    " Don't think I'll plan to visit the Ozarks any time soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 10/8/2011

    " Really enjoyed this collection. in a word, gritty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxy | 9/28/2011

    " Uncle was my fave. Loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pyxipyro | 9/6/2011

    " Really interesting! I like the series of short stories. They were all unique and I like the living outside the law concept they have. I think the story, The Echo of Neighborly Bones was my favorite just for the idea alone! Definately worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 9/5/2011

    " A wonderfully well written book. It is so well written you would think it was written by one of the great writers of all time. We may well be looking at one of the next all time greats. "

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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.