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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Siobhan Fallon Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781452670386
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In Fort Hood housing, like all army housing, you get used to hearing through the walls. You learn too much. And you learn to move quietly through your own small domain. You also know when the men are gone. No more boots stomping above, no more football games turned up too high, and, best of all, no more front doors slamming before dawn as they trudge out for their early formation, sneakers on metal stairs, cars starting, shouts to the windows above to throw them down their gloves on cold desert mornings. Babies still cry, telephones ring, Saturday morning cartoons screech, but without the men, there is a sense of muted silence, a sense of muted life. There is an army of women waiting for their men to return to Fort Hood, Texas. As Siobhan Fallon shows in this collection of loosely interconnected short stories, each woman deals with her husband's absence differently. One wife, in an attempt to avoid thinking about the risks her husband faces in Iraq, develops an unhealthy obsession with the secret life of her neighbor. Another woman's simple trip to the PX becomes unbearable when she pulls into her Gold Star parking space. And one woman's loneliness may lead to dire consequences when her husband arrives home. In gripping, no-nonsense stories that will leave you shaken, Fallon allows you into a world tightly guarded by gates and wire. It is a place where men and women cling to the families they have created as the stress of war threatens to pull them apart. Track listing for You Know When the Men Are Gone: Disc 1 "You Know When the Men Are Gone"-Track 1 "Camp Liberty"-Track 21 Disc 2 "Remission"-Track 15 Disc 3 "Inside the Break"-Track 7 "The Last Stand"-Track 22 Disc 4 "Leave"-Track 14 Disc 5 "You Survived the War, Now Survive the Homecoming"-Track 6 "Gold Star"-Track 17 Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Significant both as war stories and love stories, this collection certifies Fallon as an indisputable talent. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 5/22/2011

    " Very well written. Too much like my real life for me to enjoy it.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/20/2011

    " Well written and insightful book on Army life from someone who is living it. Enjoyed the short stories and different lifestyles within the book. Look forward to reading more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/16/2011

    " This book of stories should really be the beginnings of several novels. I fell in love with all of the characters- men who were deployed, women who kept the home fires burning and the military itself. This Fallon's first of what I hope are many, many books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/16/2011

    " Short stories that take place at Fort Hood told both by the wives left on the base and the men in conflict in Iraq. Compelling and disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nette | 5/15/2011

    " Very interesting and compulsively readable. It was so good that I'll try very hard not to be bitter that the author is talented AND young and gorgeous, although, really, how fair is that? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breanna | 5/11/2011

    " Interesting to read several stories of life on a military base. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 5/9/2011

    " Enjoyed the book. The individual stories show the perspective and experiences that happen to the men, women and families when the soldiers go to war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 5/6/2011

    " Interesting take on the military by looking through the eyes of the ones left behind, always waiting. Protagonists of the various stories overlap but without overstatement. "

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About the Author
Author Siobhan Fallon

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her eleven Earphones Awards. As a stand-up comic, she often opens for renowned talents such as Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, and Louis C.K.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.