The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir

By Nick Flynn
Read by Scott Brick

5.53 Hours 01/18/2010 unabridged
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Bestselling author Nick Flynn delivers a dazzling, searing, and inventive memoir about becoming a father in the age of terror. In 2007, as Flynn awaits his daughter’s birth, the release of the Abu Ghraib photographs exacerbates his already growing outrage and obsession with torture, leading him on a journey to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in the photos. A memoir of profound self-discovery, Flynn’s book artfully interweaves passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his history of addiction into his dark questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father as Flynn examines the need to run from love and the need to embrace it again.

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Summary

Summary

Bestselling author Nick Flynn delivers a dazzling, searing, and inventive memoir about becoming a father in the age of terror.

In 2007, as Flynn awaits his daughter’s birth, the release of the Abu Ghraib photographs exacerbates his already growing outrage and obsession with torture, leading him on a journey to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in the photos. A memoir of profound self-discovery, Flynn’s book artfully interweaves passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his history of addiction into his dark questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father as Flynn examines the need to run from love and the need to embrace it again.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In The Ticking Is the Bomb, poet and memoirist Nick Flynn, author of the cult favorite [Being Flynn], marries the tragedies he survived in childhood with being an expectant father, gorgeously focusing these themes within the larger lens of the uses of terror and torture and notions of freedom and justice in post-9/11 America.” Elle
“Flynn’s life is so volcanic and his writing style so kinetic and punchy that others will be drawn into this gripping personal narrative.” Publishers Weekly
“Scott Brick…does a marvelous job of maneuvering through the narrative’s various parts, keeping his delivery rhythmically consistent while simultaneously projecting the right amount of emphasis and emotion. Brick’s performance will hold listeners’ attention…For those liking experimental nonfiction, memoirs, and political reflections.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Flynn recalls and records in a stunningly beautiful cascade of images…A striking collection of memories that will mystify, enlighten, trouble, and amaze.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is an award-winning poet and New York Times bestselling author. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English