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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,202 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Bragg Narrator: Rick Bragg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739368404
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In this final volume of the beloved American saga that began with All Over but the Shoutin’ and continued with Ava’s Man,Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his ten-year-old stepson.

He learns, right from the start, that a man who chases a woman with a child is like a dog who chases a car and wins. He discovers that he is unsuited to fatherhood, unsuited to fathering this boy in particular, a boy who does not know how to throw a punch and doesn’t need to; a boy accustomed to love and affection rather than violence and neglect; in short, a boy wholly unlike the child Rick once was, and who longs for a relationship with Rick that Rick hasn’t the first inkling of how to embark on. With the weight of this new boy tugging at his clothes, Rick sets out to understand his father, his son, and himself.

The Prince of Frogtown documents a mesmerizing journey back in time to the lush Alabama landscape of Rick’s youth, to Jacksonville’s one-hundred-year-old mill, the town’s blight and salvation; and to a troubled, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow, Rick’s father, a man bound to bring harm even to those he truly loves. And the book documents the unexpected corollary to it, the marvelous journey of Rick’s later life: a journey into fatherhood, and toward a child for whom he comes to feel a devotion that staggers him. With candor, insight, tremendous humor, and the remarkable gift for descriptive storytelling on which he made his name, Rick Bragg delivers a brilliant and moving rumination on the lives of boys and men, a poignant reflection on what it means to be a father and a son.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 1/16/2014

    " This is Rick Bragg's third memoir about his family. In this one he has married and become a stepfather to a nine year old boy. His new parenthood prods him to look back at his father's life that he reviled in his first memoir, All Over But the Shoutin'. Here he revisits his father's damaged life and in alternating chapters writes about his experience as the father to his son. A powerful, funny, poignant read. Listened to on CD as read by the author with his wonderful Southern voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/7/2014

    " I liked the parallels Rick Bragg makes between becoming a father to his wife's son and the short relationship he had with his own father who died at an age earlier than he was at the time of writing the book. His backtracking research to discover who the man was unlocks some mysteries about what is going on before his eyes with "the boy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 1/5/2014

    " I wish I were a better writer because then I would be able to do this book justice. It's a story I'm sure many people in that era could have written about their lives but Rick Bragg does an amazing job. It's awesome that such a talent could come from the life he had. I'm sure he would give credit to his Mother and his Grandmothers. This story is about them but more about his relationship with his Father and with his Stepson set in the Appalachian Mountains and the South before, during and after World War II. It's well worth your time to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Wendel | 1/3/2014

    " I love how this memoir shifted from past to present. Bragg's thoughts about becoming a father, rather late in life, tug at the heartstrings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/20/2013

    " Couldn't put it down. Bragg lost his journalistic credibility, but I've enjoyed reading about his family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/19/2013

    " I listened to it and loved, loved Rick Bragg's voice. I loved hearing the stories from his childhood and his relationship with his stepson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 5/9/2013

    " Great book. Great stories, and sheds some interesting light on Bragg's dad and on his own father-stepson relationship. Typically great storytelling and humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 4/2/2013

    " A very specific vignette of Americana. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Willey | 2/20/2013

    " All heart and courage here. Bragg's ability not just to look, but to see, to perceive, to discern with such wit and grace and honesty is completely supported by his gifted writing, his ability to share the vision. What a delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Mayo | 8/8/2012

    " Rick Bragg's writing makes me feel like I understand the poor South, even though I've never lived even as south as New Jersey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Fenwick | 2/12/2012

    " Reminds me of a lot of people I knew in southwest Michigan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alec | 1/11/2012

    " First of his I've read. The author reads the audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 9/13/2011

    " I absolutely love Bragg's writing. Interspersing the historical stories with his modern journey of becoming a stepfather really illuminated the bubble in which we raise our own sons today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 4/24/2011

    " I like Rick Bragg's story telling. Although not quite as good as the first two books in this trilogy--'All Over But the Shoutin'' and 'Ava's Man'--'The Prince of Frogtown' is still a very good, and a quick, read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 3/31/2011

    " I loved this series of memoirs from Rick Bragg. The story is set in the area where my father was born and raised, and I still have people there. Bragg's descriptions of the people, the places, the attitudes, all brought back wonderful and terrible memories. Thank God for strong women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaclyn | 3/21/2011

    " OK, Bragg is a rockin' writer, but I skipped nearly an entire chapter. That never bodes well. The point of the book was to delve into his father's history, and there was a little too much "history" here for my taste. I don't deny it was well done. Just not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2011

    " I read the other two books, All over but the shoutin' and Ava's man so I needed to read this one as well.

    This one brings me hope for Rick.

    I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 1/20/2011

    " This book is heartbreaking. It shows how poverty and lack of opportunity can exact a heavy psychological toll on people, as it did to Rick Bragg's father. If you liked All Over But the Shoutin' you'll like this one, as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alec | 1/4/2011

    " First of his I've read. The author reads the audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 11/1/2010

    " Listening to this on my commute to work, just started it today. Nov. 1

    I found this tale to be riveting. I honor Rick's telling of his life story, without covering up anything. Brutal honesty, told with humor, pain, love, heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 10/1/2010

    " I am so glad someone is chronicling life for the poor folks who don't leave much in the way of records! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 8/19/2010

    " I can't think of a better writer. Wouldn't it be nice if Bragg was as prolific as Connelly or Grisham? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/17/2010

    " I laughed, got angry, felt pity and hope. I saw so much of my kin in this book and understand the honor in an honest day's work. Can't wait to read the other two. Rick Bragg used his southern roots to tell a bittersweet story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 6/16/2010

    " Loved listening to this book read by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 6/1/2010

    " "It was the year I realized the TV preachers' rants on hell were all wrong, that the devil lives in Alabama, and swims in a Mason jar." "

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About the Author
Author Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg is the author of three bestselling books, Ava’s Man, All Over but the Shoutin’, and The Prince of Frogtown. As a feature writer for the New York Times, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his “elegantly written stories about contemporary America.” He divides his time between New Orleans and his native Alabama.