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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Bondurant Narrator: Erik Steele Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Now a Major Motion Picture, Lawless, starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf.

Based on the true story of his grandfather and two granduncles, Matt Bondurant's novel is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder.

The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County during Prohibition and after. The brothers played a central role in a major conspiracy trial and its violent end. In 1935, Sherwood Anderson, working on a magazine story, finds himself driving along the dusty red roads trying to find the brothers and break the silence that shrouds Franklin County.

In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men - their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires - to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie | 5/9/2011

    " quite interesting.
    based on a true story.

    By the time you are done with this book, you will not only be able to build a still but also make your own moonshine!! LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 derrick | 5/3/2011

    " The subject matter was totally fascinating. I can't recall another story about bootlegging told from this point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/27/2011

    " Page Turner.....glad to be done with it. This book is hard to relate to if you haven't grown up in the mountains. The characters are difficult to like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manek | 2/20/2011

    " Really enjoyed this... historical novel about moonshiners and bootleggers. Made me want to drink some corn liquor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fklicata | 1/21/2011

    " An interesting story; a little violent, a little joyless, and I really didn't care what happened to the characters, but I think it is a nice piece of historical fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariana | 1/5/2011

    " I think this book was oddly constructed, and extremely clunky when bouncing back and forth within a 10 year time frame. I went in to this book thinking it was about bootlegging, and it isn't at all about that. I am slighty disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 12/30/2010

    " Graphic- yet entertaining re-imagination/interpretation of what his family was like... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burch | 12/15/2010

    " This was a good book. It was amazingly violent, some of the descriptions in this book made me physically uncomfortable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 10/21/2010

    " this is "good," but i just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/18/2010

    " A bit gory, but an interesting topic - about a band of brothers (who I LOVED) making moonshine during Prohibition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damon | 8/13/2010

    " need moonshine wisdom and americana? here it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 8/11/2010

    " page turning read on bootleggers in Franklin Co., Va., during the depression by a youngish JMU grad. loosely based on his grandfather and granduncles lives. "

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About the Author
Author Matt Bondurant

Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County in the World was a New York Times Editor’s Pick and a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year. His books have been translated into fourteen languages worldwide, and he is a former John Gardner Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf, Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State, and Walter E. Dakin Fellow at Sewanee. He currently lives in Texas.

About the Narrator

Erik Steele is a professional actor living in New York City, where he has worked both on and off Broadway and in film. He has toured with the prestigious Acting Company, performing Shakespeare and Sheridan in theaters from Atlanta to Anchorage. He holds an MFA in acting from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.