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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (680 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Flynn Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in the photos. Haunted by a history of addiction and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession - a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post 9/11 American life.

The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery, of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.

Nick Flynn is an award-winning poet and author most recently of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/2/2014

    " I bought this book when I was really looking for Flynn's other book, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, but it wasn't available in the bookstore at the time. The memoir was a lot of short essays intertwining the author's feelings on the Iraq War and the act of torture with the coming of his first child. I've read a couple of memoirs that end in a child being born, or children saving everything, or the simplicity of being a parent, or the simplicity of childhood. I had a feeling it was going to end on such a note. There's something about it I simply don't understand yet. And though Flynn can write a poignant scene and connect seemingly distant random occurrences with concepts and movies and songs to bring more meaning to them, I often wondered where he was going with it. This marks the second memoir I've read with these short essays, and while I'm a fan of the essay, since they are so short they often leave something to be desired for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 1/26/2014

    " Another compelling memoir of the author of "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City" combines the images of Abu Ghraib, the suicide of his mother, the homelessness of his father and the birth of his first child. Power stuff, written in a very raw, beautiful way. This book will stick with me for a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stacie | 1/23/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as his other one, but Nick Flynn is undeniably a great writer. There are moments of brilliance throughout but I found it overall to be too fragmented, switching between the torture theme, his love life, his family history and the birth of his daughter. It all became more cohesive for me at the end, and by then I was thankful I read it, but there were some disjointed moments along the way. The poetic moments have me intrigued and I'm not looking forward to reading some of his poetry. When you read this book in the context of Nick Flynn as poet, some of the disjointedness makes a little more sense. It could be a long poem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Lewis | 1/18/2014

    " Really good book. Not as good as Another Bullshit Night in Suck City but still very well written. It wonders too much sometimes but some of the passages are just awesome "

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