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Author: Nick Flynn Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781481553339
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Bestselling author Nick Flynn delivers a dazzling, searing, and inventive memoir about becoming a father in the age of terror.

In 2007, as Flynn awaits his daughter’s birth, the release of the Abu Ghraib photographs exacerbates his already growing outrage and obsession with torture, leading him on a journey to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in the photos. A memoir of profound self-discovery, Flynn’s book artfully interweaves passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his history of addiction into his dark 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 as Flynn examines the need to run from love and the need to embrace it again.

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  • “In The Ticking Is the Bomb, poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, author of the cult favorite [Being Flynn], marries the tragedies he survived in childhood with being an expectant father, gorgeously focusing these themes within the larger lens of the uses of terror and torture and notions of freedom and justice in post-9/11 America.”


  • “Flynn’s life is so volcanic and his writing style so kinetic and punchy that others will be drawn into this gripping personal narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Scott Brick…does a marvelous job of maneuvering through the narrative’s various parts, keeping his delivery rhythmically consistent while simultaneously projecting the right amount of emphasis and emotion. Brick’s performance will hold listeners’ attention…For those liking experimental nonfiction, memoirs, and political reflections.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Flynn recalls and records in a stunningly beautiful cascade of images…A striking collection of memories that will mystify, enlighten, trouble, and amaze.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Mike | 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 1/18/2014

    " This book revisits some of the same issues that Flynn deals with in Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, but it also gives excellent factual information and insight into the tortures propagated at Abu Graib prison. I hope the next book expands on those interviews. Flynn is a keen observer of life. "

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

    " Not as great as "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City." But pretty damn good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 12/30/2013

    " A vital work of contemporary nonfiction. So damn good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lydia | 4/22/2013

    " i think that mr flynn is a very talented wordsmith. i like the way his brain interprets the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/7/2013

    " Melancholy, deeply affecting and ultimately hopeful mix of memoir, philosophy and current affairs. Told in a kind of stream of consciousness, non-linear manner, The Ticking Is the Bomb is unlike any memoir I've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy | 6/20/2012

    " the author is about to have his first child. seems like his fears of that are manifesting in memories of interviewing POW"S in the iraq war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/31/2011

    " Maybe more than four stars. Not sure yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/25/2011

    " Maybe more than four stars. Not sure yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2011

    " The free-form appendix, alone, is a story/poem/essay of
    great power and beauty and sadness and hope. But saying
    that is almost a spoiler. Read the whole text first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 12/6/2010

    " Didn't grab me like Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, but it's Nick Flynn, so that means it's still better than 90% of other crap in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 11/25/2010

    " Really dug Flynn's second--does this mean there will be a third?--memoir, though I only wish it had been, well, longer. I was also impressed that he took the venerable Errol Morris to task regarding Abu Ghraib. Sad but very readable indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 9/25/2010

    " Great memoir that talked about torture, but also was a memoir rooted in his thoughts about relationships, his father, and becoming a father himself. Well-written, and moving. "

About the Author

Charles Constant is an actor whose professional storytelling career began at the age of thirteen, when he became an Actors’ Equity Association apprentice. An accomplished audiobook narrator, he has recorded many popular titles, including How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.