This is a great book, a classic of American literature. I have read it before, but this audio version adds a whole new dimension. The reader captures the book perfectly, bringing extraordinary life and color to Warren's poetic words.
A sometimes poetic story of an idealistic populist gone rogue and his ethically untethered lackey who uses the research skills learned as a history major to bring to grief those close to him.
A complex, enjoyable read with parallels to current events.
The writing is exquisite. The reading is pitch perfect. And the reflection on American politics is timeless. Highly recommended.
This has been my third reading of ATKM. At first I found the voice jarring, and the Southern accents almost comical. But I came to deeply appreciate his many voices, which fit the simple but emotionally rich dialogue beautifully. This book is my favorite book, and this performance does it justice.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
This well written novel is based on the life of Huey Long. I had intended to read it long ago, but never got to it. Decided that the time was right when Donald Trump, another populist, announced that he was running for President, The book was very well written but it concentrated too much on the people around "The Kingfish" rather than the King himself. Robert Penn Warren does a great job of character development, no wonder he won the Pulitzer for the work.
Penn Warren was first a poet; his prose is poetic--and truly incomparable. The humanity in this tale of powerful men seen through the eyes of a good man and good women tugs strongly at goodness in the soul of the reader.
This book has everything : plot, character development and absolutely magical language. Try it at 1.5 speed; it will wash over you. So moving and powerful!
well written. evocative imagery. I despised the main characters for the first quarter of the book. dirty southern politics... just when I thought of giving up, the segue into the story of Cass began to interest me. as the story continued, there were surprises and interesting twists. definitely some tragic moments, made more tragic by the complexity of the characters. i couldn't quite hate any of the characters, but i couldn't really love any of them either. life like, i suppose. emotionally probing. nuanced. full of aching emptiness. you can tell this was written by a poet. the only reason I continued to read (listen) was because this was recommended by a good friend and because the author is a poet. in the end I was glad I read it. and glad to be done. the narrator did well with differentiating the many character voices. perhaps a bit too falsetto with the women. some of the language was so harsh I wished I was reading it so I could skim over. hard to hear some parts out loud. but that's no fault of the narrator
Good lord, could that man write! I can't remember ever read such lyrical prose. Absolutely beautiful. And the reading was excellent. Spot on!