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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.