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Tomato Can Blues | [Mary Pilon]

Tomato Can Blues

Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter in rural Michigan who couldn't get a break.

His punches weren't landing. He owed money to impatient people. He needed to start over, but he didn't know how.

Then, at home on the sofa, he came up with a plan.

Original long-form journalism from The New York Times, read by the actor Bobby Cannavale.

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Audible Editor Reviews

When small-time cage fighter Charlie Rowan was reported dead from a car crash at age 25, it turned out there was a lot more to the story. In Tomato Can Blues, New York Times sports reporter Mary Pilon investigates aspiring MMA fighter Rowan's failed plan to end his troubles and start life anew by faking his own death. A polished performance from Emmy award-winning actor Bobby Cannavale, known for his portrayal of Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire, lends a dramatic edge to the story, while well-timed music adds to the mood and pace. A slickly-produced, compelling performance of a well-researched piece of long-form journalism, Tomato Can Blues makes for an intriguing listen.

Publisher's Summary

Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter in rural Michigan who couldn't get a break.

His punches weren't landing. He owed money to impatient people. He needed to start over, but he didn't know how.

Then, at home on the sofa, he came up with a plan.

Original long-form journalism from The New York Times, read by the actor Bobby Cannavale.

Listen to more from The New York Times.


©2013 The New York Times Company (P)2013 The New York Times Company

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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 09-30-13
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "the good, the bad and the ugly"

    my early childhood focused on "...good, better and best..."
    competition, literacy and education were constantly stressed
    and then, after 26 years of schooling, i became a resident physician

    i was asked to care for people living "...good, bad and ugly..." lives
    a steady diet of medicaid and uninsured patients came my way
    i didn't help them so much as try to keep them from harming themselves

    their capacity for self destructive behavior was truly impressive
    their homes and neighborhoods were a finishing school for failure
    mary pilon captures the mood and tone of this world better than anyone

    bobby cannavale's matter-of-fact narration fits the story perfectly
    does the USA really rank 38th in global, overall health care quality ?
    the lives, brought to light, in mary pilon's story may help explain why

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-14
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-14

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    "True Crime episode"

    This story reads like one of those "true crime" episodes on tv.
    Sad-sack Charlie Rowan's life has always been on the "dead-end" track. He's a cage-fighter that fights for free, he owes some small time drug dealers some cash. So he decides to make the dash by playing dead. Only problem is, he doesn't leave the very small town in which he resides. To earn some cash to "maybe" leave town, Short-sighted Charlie decides to hold up a gun store.
    It kind of goes down hill from there. Sort of a "how not to live your life " story. A bit dry in it's set up and delivery. But pretty good story.

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