Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch audiobook

Kings of the Earth

By Jon Clinch
Read by various narrators

Recorded Books, Inc.
10.32 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Author of the award-winning novel Finn, Jon Clinch has drawn favorable comparisons to such luminaries as William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. With Kings of the Earth, he weaves the compelling tale of a troubled family haunted by dark secrets. On their upstate New York farm, the three aging Proctor brothers-Vernon, Audie, and Creed-eke out a living. When Vernon dies in his sleep, evidence of asphyxiation quickly turns suspicion upon Audie and Creed. The brothers' estranged sister, their protective neighbor, and others are eventually drawn into the case and offer startling insights. But all these differing perspectives obscure the reality of daily life on the farm, and the truth of what happened that fateful day remains shrouded in mystery. In a starred review, Library Journal calls Kings of the Earth "a gritty but nonetheless warm-hearted and beautifully realized novel." A full cast of talented narrators delivers a gripping performance, providing each character with a unique voice. ". Clinch explores family dynamics in this quiet storm of a novel that will stun readers with its power."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Summary

Summary

A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

#1 on Oprah’s Summer Reading List

An Indie Next Notable Title, July 2010

Author of the award-winning novel Finn, Jon Clinch has drawn favorable comparisons to such luminaries as William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. With Kings of the Earth, he weaves the compelling tale of a troubled family haunted by dark secrets. On their upstate New York farm, the three aging Proctor brothers-Vernon, Audie, and Creed-eke out a living. When Vernon dies in his sleep, evidence of asphyxiation quickly turns suspicion upon Audie and Creed. The brothers' estranged sister, their protective neighbor, and others are eventually drawn into the case and offer startling insights. But all these differing perspectives obscure the reality of daily life on the farm, and the truth of what happened that fateful day remains shrouded in mystery. In a starred review, Library Journal calls Kings of the Earth "a gritty but nonetheless warm-hearted and beautifully realized novel." A full cast of talented narrators delivers a gripping performance, providing each character with a unique voice. ". Clinch explores family dynamics in this quiet storm of a novel that will stun readers with its power."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this masterful and compassionate novel…Clinch has created a haunting, suspenseful story.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“This is the kind of fiction we should be reading. Kings of the Earth is eloquent and moving, written with precision and clarity to stave off loss—the loss of history, of art, of humanity.” Washington Post
“Writing so vibrant that you feel the bite of a northern wind, smell the rankness of dissipated lives, and experience the heart-tug of watching tenuous lives play out their last inches of thread.” Los Angeles Times
“Clinch’s literary alchemy results in a stunning book.” Dallas Morning News
“Inspired by the Ward brothers (of the 1992 documentary My Brother’s Keeper), Clinch explores family dynamics in this quiet storm of a novel that will stun readers with its power.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] gritty but nonetheless warmhearted and beautifully realized novel.” Library Journal (starred review)
“[A] gripping tale of family, life, death, and the hardships and hazards of agricultural work and rural poverty….[made] more intriguing by the fact that it is based on real people and real events.” Booklist
“With a realism not often present in modern-day fiction, Clinch tells his story…eloquent and clear-eyed in everything.” Bookmarks magazine
Kings of the Earth is blunt and brutal yet beautifully told, a classic tale of family kinship twisted askew…[with] the resonance of a modern ballad—more Waits than Springsteen—about the fate of America's rural outback.” Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author

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Author

Author Bio: Jon Clinch

Author Bio: Jon Clinch

Jon Clinch is the author of several novels, including his debut, Finn, which was named an American Library Association Notable Book and was chosen as one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor. It also won the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. His second novel, Kings of the Earth, was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and led the 2010 Summer Reading List at O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2008, he organized a benefit reading for the financially ailing Twain House, an event that literally saved the house from bankruptcy.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English