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Grace For All

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  • The Financial Lives of the Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (261)
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    (198)
    Story
    (200)

    A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea - and his wife's eBay resale business - ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.

    Melinda says: "Riotously Relevant"
    "Like I know this guy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Financial Lives of the Poets the most enjoyable?

    The turn of the phrase with 'moments' that I had to stop listening, pause and contemplate the magnitude of the protagonist's statement. Also Jess Walter reading it the way he wrote it is truly significant.

    I've read all of Jess' works - the Zero was most disturbing until this one - the reality of the guy's experience - especially the angst coupled with resignation in regard to his job and most pointedly, his perception of his wife's affection for him - wow. So real I felt a little nauseated - like my best friend was telling me of the demise of his marriage - ouch.


    What other book might you compare The Financial Lives of the Poets to and why?

    Land of the Blind - for character development - the man is a master.


    Have you listened to any of Jess Walter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From Dylan - "When you think you've lost everything....you find out you could lose a little bit more."


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo Mr. Walter! I can't listen to this book while doing my cardio at the gym - makes me want to stop, towel off my sweat and stumble to the bar to drown my sorrows - or smoke weed for the first time! In my wet socks.

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