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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Padgett Powell Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781470328399
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You & Me is a conversation between two men, sitting together on a porch, talking with one another in aimless, convenient debate, coming to conclusions that don’t conclude but to positions that may not finally be so aimless. They disagree to agree. They are smart, not smart; fools, not fools.

 Poignant, hilarious, opaque, and diamond-clear, You & Me offers unusual delights, from the mundane to the spiritual to the downright ridiculous.

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Quotes & Awards

  • You & Me, mixed with 750 ml of fine bourbon, is the most fun you can have in many states without getting arrested.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story

  • “A languid, southern-fried, porch-swing sendup of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.”

    New York Times

  • “Hilarious, bizarre, and absorbing…Powell can make the most barbed issues—the power of media, class resentment, private self-judgment, and dread of death—slither through dialogue of zany simplicity.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The novel’s penetrating, playful words manage to ‘pick impossibly heavy shit up’ and deliver what one of the characters calls ‘the perfect nonsense a real dream makes.’”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A hilarious and engaging novel, with a strong sense of natural speech and life’s absurdities.”


  • “An irreverent, goofball, witty, and surprisingly compelling experiment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the August 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2011 James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 1/30/2014

    " To say this novel is an unconventional one does not quite capture it's essence. In fact, the same may be said about the notion that this work is a novel at all. This book is comprised of seemingly random though often esoteric dialog between two characters. These men remain unnamed, yet as the work progresses we begin to know them through this dialog. There is no real plot, there is no real action. And yet, Powell captivates the reader. If you are one who dog-ears pages for their particular insight or humor, you will likely dog-ear most of these pages. This book is wholely an enjoyable endeavor...though having finished it, I'm not certain what it is about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 1/28/2014

    " Witty and Absurd, it's more like 3 and a half stars. I chuckled often but I can't quite give it 4 because there was a hew haw quality (and I don't mean just country or southern)that turned me off a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/25/2014

    " Hilarious retelling of "Waiting for Godot." There are many stupendous one-liners throughout the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gatamadrizgmail.com | 1/24/2014

    " Either I missed the memo about not using quote marks, or the editors were trying very hard to disguise this as a novel as opposed to a 208 page play written in the style of Beckett. DNF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2014

    " For a book with no plot, this is wildly entertaining. All you really need is a couple of intelligent, moderately cranky old geezers to chew the fat, and you're good to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/29/2013

    " If I were either an 82 year old man or a bigger fan of Waiting for Godot, I would have liked this book more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth Westmark | 12/18/2013

    " I don't ever want to share a porch with these porch-sitters. Maybe I'm not smart enough for this one. Or too sober. Or something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mugren Ohaly | 12/17/2013

    " A novel, although it is a bit more poetic. It's the story of two "dudes" who sit and talk about things. That's what the book is, them talking. It's brilliant and I love the chemistry the two characters have. It's quite humorous too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 12/9/2013

    " Huh?? Two guys with nothing to do sitting around yammering. Maybe if I had nothing to do I'd finish reading this. But I do ... and so I didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 10/15/2013

    " Interesting but different book. Each chapter is just a conversation between two men some very entertaining, some very puzzling? It was not really a story just musings, very interesting musings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Laughlin | 9/11/2013

    " Not his best, but I am still an unabashed fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 6/19/2013

    " I love the way this kind of work tweaks my thinking. Not for everyone, that's for sure. Looking forward to reading more of Powell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maridith Geuder | 2/27/2013

    " Think of "Waiting for Godot" somewhere in Middle America. Or possibly the South. Funny, wise, disjointed conversations between two friends waiting for whatever comes next. They're short of time, but not of opinions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/4/2013

    " This book is a game and life-changer. It's phenomenal and you will refer back to it hundreds of times. It's philosophical, laugh out loud funny, unique, and profound. You'll feel all of these emotions in turn as you flip quickly through its pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 12/27/2012

    " I didn't like Waiting for Godot, so I shouldn't have been surprised that I didn't like this book. Some of the language was interesting and there was humor, but overall I found it pointless and boring. "

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About the Author

Padgett Powell has received the Prix de Rome of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writer's Award, and a nomination for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Oxford American, Paris Review, and New York Times Book Review, among other prestigious publications. He teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration, where he has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards.