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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Woodrell Narrator: Bernard Setaro Clark Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, Woe to Live On explores the nature of lawlessness and violence, friendship and loyalty, through the eyes of young recruit Jake Roedel. Where he and his fellow First Kansas Irregulars go, no one is safe, no one can be neutral. Roedel grows up fast, experiencing a brutal parody of war without standards or mercy. But as friends fall and families flee, he questions his loyalties and becomes an outsider even to those who have become outlaws. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/15/2014

    " The story is brutal and depicts the horrors of war in such a vivid way that I was disgusted by these murderers. At the same time, I found that I was sympathetic to them, and their need for vengeance after being "invaded," and the language nearly made me laugh throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Al | 1/11/2014

    " Set on the Missouri/ Kansas border in the dying days of the Civil War. Full of the wonderful langauge that is Woodrell's forte and characters you remember long after the book is done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clint Cypert | 1/4/2014

    " Daniel Woodrell hit a home run with this book. The author of the critically acclaimed novel, Winter's Bone, gives us a novel set along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. The central character is a teenager named Jake Roedel, who is a member of the First Kansas Irregulars. Basically, Jake and his friends are Confederate Bushwackers at war with the Kansas Jayhawkers. They are led by Black John Ambrose, whose character is clearly modeled after "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Among Jake's friends is Holt, who is a former slave who chose to fight with the bushwackers when most former slaves chose to fight for the Union. This book can be heartwarming at times, while other times it can be extremely brutal. If you are a fan of historical fiction, I strongly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan Wagner | 1/2/2014

    " I read this after seeing the Ang Lee movie "Ride with the Devil." Beautifully written, studded with small gems of language, e.g., "As he left me, hope was with me, but I was getting suspicious of it, and did not toss a big embrace around it." "

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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.