This was my first time listening to Daniel Woodrell and I was blown away by this book. His writing is like none other - you can almost taste his words they are so vivid. It is not an easy story to listen to but if you give it a chance you will not be dissapointed.
I don't know if this book lives up to the high praise, but it was a good story, an easy listen, and an excellent performance. Well worth a monthly credit.
Great reader makes this Ozark story come alive. The language is wonderful. Reminded me of True Grit -- another great listen. It is a shorter story that moves quickly through these back woods with strong characters that draw you into the cold, poverty and violence of the region. Well worth the time. By the way, way better than the anemic movie.
A bit of a tear-jerker, but brings the traditional deep Appalachian culture with its patriarchy and violence to the reader's awareness. The story moves along at a good clip, although at times it seems overdone to make a point. The length is just right for a short plane ride, and the narration is excellent.
Watched the movie one night, was enthralled. Listened to book next day in one sitting to continue the experience and add context. While I enjoyed the book, it doesn't add anything to the movie experience. Actually, if anything this is one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book. Don't get me wrong, the book is excellent, but the elements that so captivated me in the movie - the atmosphere, the grey cold skies and washed out cinematography, the bit part characters, the mind blowing acting from the leads - don't come through fully in the text. Still a good listen on its own, but if you need a fix would suggest watching the movie twice rather than listening to the book. Narration perfectly fine.
Certainly superbly narrated, but grim and grisly. No comic relief or anything to warm the cockles of your heart - but you do root for the main character, who is beset by almost every sort of bad luck and misfortune that any person ever dealt with. But she is gritty, gutsy and determined, and she does prevail.
I saw the film first, which was wonderful, but listening to Daniel Woodrell's incandescent prose was a transporting experience I will never forget. The raw ugliness of a resourceful young woman's poor backwoods life becomes a breathtaking, heart-stopping narrative in the hands of this talented author. Bravo!
A spare harsh novel about a spare, harsh life. I had seen the move and almost didn't get the book.The Movie follows the book very closely.
It was worthwhile though, because one place the book takes you that the movie doesn't is into Ree's head. In the book you find out where her mind goes when life keeps piling it on. It's an amazing glimpse into a very insular, hardscrabble life for people whose options are so limited that they have been living under the radar for generations, defined by a very strict code of working out their conflicts outside the law.
I was very glad I read the book even though I'd seen the movie. Emma Galvin has a good feel for the characters but the dialogue seems less colloquial in her narration than it should be, although I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
A sad tale but but so good. Emma Galvin's reading was perfect for this story. I could visualize myself right in the Ozark's. Worth your credit.
This masterwork encapsulates the potential of mystery to reveal something fundamental about ourselves and the world we inhabit. Compelling narrative by a skilled voice that captures the characters and settings. If you read one audiobook make it this one.