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3.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 5 3.18 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Ford Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bascombe Series Release Date:
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Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his modern classic Independence Day. In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life’s obstacles.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling novel about a survivor, shell-shocked by life, who just happens to be a sportswriter the way Willy Loman just happens to be a salesman…Ford is writing about modern uncommitted man, lashing himself to the railing of mundane daily life, trying to get through the storm.”

    New York Times

  • “With its small gallery of sharply drawn characters, its seep vision of the way we live, its forceful and often soaring, sometimes downright moving way of speech, and its reverberating, redemptive plot, Ford’s novel overcomes an excess of virtues…with a deftness and intensity that we find in few books.”

    Los Angeles Herald Examiner

  • “An appreciation of the mystery of things as they are.”

    Time

  • “As humane a novelist as America can offer.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Without intruding on the very real momentum of his many characters, Ford lifts his story into the realm of fable.”

    Village Voice

  • A 1987 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Elese | 5/11/2011

    " This book and I just didn't click. Couldn't figure out where any of the characters were coming from. Clearly not the intended reading audience for this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan | 3/17/2011

    " some really vivid scenes, great honest dialogue, with an incredibly dark cloud hanging over it. pretty effective for a book that spends its entire time with such a weak and self-pitying main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ben | 3/16/2011

    " My only entree so far into the Frank Bascombe series. Some of the most observant and articulate writing about modern living I can think of...Richard Ford is the goods. It reminded me a lot of Joseph O'Neill's Netherland, or maybe better said Netherland reminds me of this classic in its field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gregory | 3/16/2011

    " I can't believe I waited twenty years to read this, essentially because I thought it'd be about sports (I've never been much of a fan). I love the beauty of Ford's prose. A worthy heir to Percy's Moviegoer. "

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