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Larry Brown

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  1. 8.9 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged

    An ALA Notable Book, Joe has earned critical acclaim nationwide, and Larry Brown has been compared to great Southern writers such as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. In the Mississippi countryside, a friendship between a middle-aged, alcoholic contractor and an abused teen-aged boy becomes a bizarre rite of passage for both of them. The characters are riveting, and the conclusion is shocking in this latest work by a major talent.

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    Joe

    8.9 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 17.3 hrs • Jan/04/2017 • Unabridged

    Before his untimely death in 2004, Larry Brown was hailed as one of the world’s greatest living writers. With A Miracle of Catfish, the unfinished but largely complete novel Brown left behind, readers can once again savor his eloquent and unique style. This tale of fatherhood, alienation, and loneliness introduces readers to another set of Brown’s irresistably flawed characters.

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    A Miracle of Catfish

    17.3 hrs • Jan/04/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 12.4 hrs • Dec/01/2016 • Unabridged

    In an ambitious narrative structure reminiscent of Robert Altman’s classic film Nashville, Larry Brown weaves together the stories of a sprawling cast of eccentric and lovable characters, each embarked on a quest for meaning, fulfillment, and love — with poignant and uproarious results. Set in Memphis and North Mississippi, The Rabbit Factory follows the colliding lives of, among others, Arthur, an older, socially ill-at-ease man of considerable wealth married to the much younger Helen, whose desperate need for satisfaction sweeps her into the arms of other men; Eric, who has run away from home thinking his father doesn’t want him and becomes Arthur’s unlikely surrogate son; and Anjalee, a big-hearted prostitute with her own set of troubles who crashes into the lives of the others like a one-woman hurricane. Teeming with pitch-perfect creations that include quirky gangsters, colorful locals, seemingly straitlaced professors, and fast-and-loose police officers, Brown’s spellbinding and often hilarious story is about the botched choices and missed chances that separate people — and the tenuous threads of love and coincidence that connect them. With all the subtlety and surprise of life itself, the story turns on a dime from comical to violent to moving. Masterful, profound, and full of spirit, The Rabbit Factory is literary entertainment of the highest order.

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    The Rabbit Factory

    12.4 hrs • Dec/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 17.4 hrs • Jul/08/2016 • Unabridged

    Larry Brown is hailed as one of today’s most talented Southern writers. With the release of each book, including Dirty Work, Father and Son, and Joe, reviewers and fans offer increasingly enthusiastic praise for the astonishing characters he creates. At 17, Fay Jones leaves her family’s squalid home with $3 in her bra and ragged sneakers on her feet. As she heads for Biloxi, people befriend her—a policeman, his wife, a bouncer—but her impact on their lives is seductive and unpredictable. Beautiful and naïve, Fay becomes the catalyst in a chain reaction of desire and violence. Her journey provides unflinching snapshots of the South, from beaches to bar rooms. Wherever she lands, though, Fay is fueled by a deep-rooted will to survive. Narrator Tom Stechschulte voices every nuance of this unforgettable young woman’s personality and her transient, often brutal, world.

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    Fay

    17.4 hrs • Jul/08/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 10.8 hrs • Jun/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Larry Brown, a remarkable literary voice from the South, is a veteran of the Vietnam War and spent 17 years as a firefighter. Distilling his experiences, he has developed a deep understanding of the darker forces at work in men’s souls. In novels like Joe and On Fire he has astounded critics and earned critical acclaim from many authors including John Grisham and Pat Conroy. Father and Son follows a bad seed, Glenn Davis, who is deeply flawed and dangerous. After serving several years in prison, Glenn has returned to his rural Mississippi home, not sure what he wants or needs. Over the course of five days, he forges a path of destruction, and violence that finally leads him to Sheriff Bobby Blanchard, who is everything Glenn is not. Larry Brown wraps the listener up in the searing conflict between these two opposites. But from their inevitable stand-off, he skillfully spins them into unpredictable directions and reactions. The stunning conclusion, swelling with unexpected notes of peace and hope, resonates with Brown’s powerful talent.

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    Father and Son

    10.8 hrs • Jun/27/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.8 hrs • Jun/01/2016 • Unabridged

    This gripping novel is not only one of the best books written about Vietnam; it is also one of the most powerful anti-war novels in American literature. Walter James has no face. Braiden Chaney has no arms or legs. They lost them twenty-two years ago in Vietnam. Now, in the course of one long night in a VA hospital, these two soldiers—one black, the other white—reveal how they came to be where they are and what they can only hope to become.

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    Dirty Work

    5.8 hrs • Jun/01/2016 • Unabridged
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