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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Flannery O’Connor Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a “blind” street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with “wise blood,” who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Hazel’s existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  •  “No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation.”

    New Yorker

  • “There is in Flannery O’Connor a fierceness of literary gesture, an angriness of observation, a facility for catching, as an animal eye in the wilderness, cunningly and at one sharp glance, the shape and detail and animal intention of enemy and foe.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Bronson Pinchot turns in a virtuosic performance of O’Connor's darkly comic classic first novel…Pinchot’s narration is superb: dynamic, well paced, and infused with a perfect Southern drawl. Instead of simply creating voices for the characters, Pinchot embodies them…and the entire cast is likewise brought to life by Pinchot’s precise and perceptive characterizations and his brilliant evocation of O’Conner’s grotesqueries.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “I was more impressed by Wise Blood than any novel I have read for a long time. Her picture of the world is literally terrifying. Kafka is almost the only one of our contemporaries who has achieved such effects. I have tremendous admiration for the work of this young writer.”

    Caroline Gordon, noted American novelist and literary critic

  • Publishers Weekly Best Audiobook • Fiction2010

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leonard Pierce | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't like Flannery O'Connor for a long time, but after having taken a fresh look at her stuff, I can't figure out why. This is quite good, religious in an unexpected way, and a lot creepier and more surreal than I'd expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by KristiJ Jennings | 2/17/2014

    " Eh -Didnt really get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathie Haley | 2/11/2014

    " This was recommended by my son Nick. I was hesitant, but am glad I picked it up. O'Connor reminded me of Faulkner. You have to love a good Southern Gothic story. The characters are so unusual, the setting is so unsettling, the story is so dark, yet darkly funny. I loved it! And I just found out that John Huston directed a movie based on the book. I am going to have to search it out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ken Rogerson | 2/10/2014

    " Southern U.S. author from 1949. Post-WWII internal upheaval about religion and spiritual belief as the world heals and soldiers come home. Interesting intro to her writing. I need a conversation with someone to work through it more, but I enjoyed it. "

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