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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Woodrell Narrator: Brian Troxell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611135053
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In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you’re not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won’t cut it. Jamalee sees her brother Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be.

Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere. Jamalee thinks Sammy is just the kind of muscle she and Jason need.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dan Woodrell does for the Ozarks what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A shimmering novel, rich with insight…a pleasure…Zooms on the rocket fuel of Woodrell’s explosively original language.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Told in a voice that crackles with energy and wit, Tomato Red is sharp, funny, and more importantly, true.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Woodrell’s storytelling is as melodic, jangly, and energetic as a good banjo riff…Sammy Barlach’s story is a tragedy, but the telling of it is a pleasure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Woodrell’s language is a lyrical blend of comic wit and redneck twang. His vast life experience brings a fresh, poignant look at Appalachian people. Keep ‘em coming!”

    Library Journal

  • Recipient of the 1999 PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Longlisted for the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/26/2014

    " another dissapointing ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/23/2014

    " Another read inspired by attending Bouchercon. Well-crafted characters and amazing prose. "Country noir," indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aruna | 1/22/2014

    " What a likable loser. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Condon | 1/22/2014

    " A stunningly written novel. Pretty much faultless, actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/12/2014

    " it's no Winter's Bone but still better than most "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kilean | 1/10/2014

    " Stylistic, propulsive, funny - gems to be found on every page here. And I can't think of another book quite like it, not when considering the subject matter. "

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

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time. Woodrell's sentences are so full you want to read each one out loud to feel the detail in your mouth. You'll be hooked by the first (incredibly long) sentence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Osmond | 12/24/2013

    " Great. Felt like I was in the Ozarks with some of the world's biggest and lovable losers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/23/2013

    " Haunting. Woodrell is coarse and poetic at the same time. The Eminem of the Ozarks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Smith | 11/16/2013

    " It was alright. The Outlaw Album was great and Winter's Bone is in my top 5 books of all time. It's ok Woodrell, all you need is one masterwork to be immortal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Crouse | 10/23/2013

    " Like Winter's Bone,the author created atmosphere/setting perfectly. I felt I could really see this world and its characters. However, I didn't like these characters and so liked the book less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 10/6/2013

    " Trailer park noir about a drifter who befriends two hillbilly goth kids who have "plans" for him. What these plans are we never really find out, hmm. Anyway, the brother gets gay bashed to death and then the story kinda spirals into nothingness. The book needed Bubbles, Randy and Mister Lahey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 8/11/2013

    " Excellent book about the have-nots in rural US society. Love the way this author writes. This is why I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 7/13/2013

    " Second favorite Woodrell after The Death of Sweet Mister. Again, not an uplifting book, but dark, rich, quirky, and beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Worth | 4/7/2013

    " well written, gritty white trash, red neck yarn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 G8tes | 3/8/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. It's written in a way that quickly draws you into the story. The characters are interesting, colorful, and feel genuine. It's funny, filled with expertly crafted prose and memorable quotes, and is both touching and tragic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/5/2013

    " Hard book to find but well worth the effort. Short and not plot-driven but the prose is so beautiful and unique. I heard this book described as 'hillbilly noir' and laughed but it's a really accurate description. In a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 12/7/2012

    " Beautiful, savory prose spoken by and about the trashiest no-account folks. Lots of quotable sentences that could easily be spoken by Raymond Smuckles from the comic strip Achewood. Just fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/23/2012

    " Really immersive if you're into country noir written in a poetically colloquial style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 7/25/2012

    " Grim, but gripping and also beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 manfred | 7/2/2012

    " kurze kritik auf meinem blog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorelai | 5/26/2012

    " Ok not amazing... "

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