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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,523 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Woodrell Narrator: Emma Galvi Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Woodrell’s Old Testament prose and blunt vision have a chilly timelessness that suggests this novel will speak to readers as long as there are readers.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book…his most profound and haunting yet.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Heroines this inspiring don’t come along often. When they do, they deserve our attention.” 


  • “Sometimes brutal, sometimes mordantly funny, sometimes surprisingly sweet…I just didn’t want Winter’s Bone to end.” 

    St. Louis Post Dispatch

  • “Daniel Woodrell has produced another stunner, a bleak, beautifully told story about the inescapable bonds of land and blood—fiction at its finest.” 

    Kansas City Star

  • “The plot of Winter’s Bone is uncomplicated, yet it packs a kind of biblical, Old West, Cormac McCarthy wallop—hard and deep.” 

    Cleveland Plain Dealer 

  • “Woodrell’s prose mixes tough and tender so thoroughly yet so delicately that we never taste even a hint of false bravado, on the one hand, or sentimentality, on the other.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Woodrell’s prose, lyrical as often as dialogic, creates an unwieldy but alluring narrative that allows him to draw moments of unexpected tenderness.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In spare but evocative prose, Woodrell depicts a harsh world in which the responsibilities for survival ultimately give Rees meaning and direction. He depicts the landscape, people, and dialects with stunning realism. A compelling testament to how people survive in the worst of circumstances.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Audie Award
  • A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phoebe Kate Foster | 2/18/2014

    " A fascinating book that details the unvarnished and relentlessly grim realities of living in contemporary Appalachia -- mesmerizing, disturbing and totally unforgettable. Woodrell's prose is sharp, clean and crisp. He's a man of few words -- Winter's Bone is not long -- but the ones he uses are well-chosen and powerful, plunging the reader deep into the harsh and isolated sub-culture he is personally familiar with. Woodrell coined the term "country noir" to describe his work and he is unquestionably the premier master of the genre. There aren't many books I rate as a "must-read," but this is one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Spencer Seher | 2/16/2014

    " I have never read anything like this. As a prose stylist, Woodrell is unique. As a tight storyteller, his is a master. A spectacular novel about a setting and circumstances you would never want to experience yourself, written in a sparse but very dense and lyrical style. You want to read the sentences over and over again in an attempt to grasp his inimitable wordplay. Read the first page aloud just to listen to the rhythm of his language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nate Hendrix | 2/13/2014

    " I continue to love this author. Different from the movie, I would like to see how she fares growning up raising her brothers. I think there are only one or two more of his books that I haven't read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellen Kehs | 2/4/2014

    " There were high points and some low points to this novel. Overall, I ended up enjoying the novel. It was incredibly detailed, which added to the feeling of the setting, but I felt some of the characters could have been expanded upon. The book picks up towards the ending, and I think that it would appeal to a range of readers. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell lives in the Missouri Ozarks near the Arkansas state line. His five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel. Two novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: Woe to Live On, filmed in 1999 by Ang Lee as Ride with the Devil, starring Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, and Winter’s Bone, a 2010 film accepted to the US dramatic competition category at the Sundance Film Festival.