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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories Audiobook

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy.
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Publisher's Summary

This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy. Stories include:

  • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
  • “The River”
  • “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”
  • “A Stroke of Good Fortune”
  • “A Temple of the Holy Ghost”
  • “The Artificial Nigger”
  • “A Circle in the Fire”
  • “A Late Encounter with the Enemy”
  • “Good Country People”
  • “The Displaced Person”
  • ©1955 Flannery O’Connor; 1954, 1953, 1948 by Flannery O’Connor; renewed 1983, 1981 by Regina O’Connor; renewed 1976 by Mrs. Edward F. O’Connor (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    What the Critics Say

    “O’Connor’s works, like Maupassant’s, are characterized by precision, density, and an almost alarming circumscription… In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer whose orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary.” (New York Times Book Review)

    “Much savagery, compassion, farce, art, and truth have gone into these stories. O’Connor’s characters are wholeheartedly horrible, and almost better than life. I find it hard to think of a funnier or more frightening writer.” (Robert Lowell, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet)

    “With a keen eye for the dark side of human nature, an amazing ear for dialogue, and a necessary sense of irony, Flannery O’Connor exposes the underside of life in the rural south of the United States.” (Holly Smith, 500 Great Books by Women)

    What Members Say

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      Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-09-12
      Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-09-12

      But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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      "O'Connor's Words Shoot Me Every Minute of my Life"

      There is something magical and impossible about O'Conner's short stories. They pulse, plunge and roll like one giant allegorical ocean. At one level her writing is beautiful and charged with a cold and lonely realism, but she pounds again and again with the brutality of her words until she absolutly devours and transforms whole continents of readers. One cannot read these stories and not be pulled away by the current of her imagination transfixed, transformed and thinkin' kinda funny.

      28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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      Andrew MERRICK, NY, United States 12-24-12
      Andrew MERRICK, NY, United States 12-24-12
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      "Great stories; less than great narration"
      What made the experience of listening to A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

      These are classic American stories, touching upon all the hot bottoms of our culture: race, class, gender and religion. These stories are both funny and frightening, sad and instructive. However, the narrator does not do them justice. These stories are read in a uniform, uninspired,rushed monotone. Still, not a total loss. The material is that good.


      6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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      Nathaniel United States 01-01-11
      Nathaniel United States 01-01-11

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      "Flannery O' Connor"

      I love Flannery O' Connor - I read all of her fiction years ago and was happy when I saw her work on audible. There is so much to learn from all of these stories and I love how, even though her times are now dated, the messages and themes in these stories never will be. On a sidenote, however, a lot of these stories are sad and extremely depressing especially to those who are sad or extremely prone to depression.

      14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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      Jason 02-26-13
      Jason 02-26-13 Member Since 2014
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      ""The truth doesn't change based on our...""
      If you could sum up A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

      Unapologetic - Sobering - Beautiful


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

      Haven't listened to many of them, but absolutely loved this one!


      Any additional comments?

      Was just recently turned on to Flannery O'Connor and love what I've read so far. Her approach and messages are hard-driving and beautiful at the same time. Excited to read more of her work!

      3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Gary W. 07-17-15
      Gary W. 07-17-15 Member Since 2015
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      "Review of narration"

      The stories are bleak but interesting. The narration here is not great: the speaker pauses at odd points in the sentence, breaking apart elements that should be connected to understand the flow.

      2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      edna 09-05-15
      edna 09-05-15 Member Since 2015

      Horse trainer by day, super hero by night, book lover all the time.

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      "Dark but thoughful"
      Would you listen to A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories again? Why?

      Oh yes. I've already gone through it a time or two


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      The Misfit. Although he's a villian, his views of the world are so unique


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

      N/a


      Who was the most memorable character of A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories and why?

      The young boy in the river.


      Any additional comments?

      worth every second you spend with it

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Aperio Columbus, Ohio 01-29-15
      Aperio Columbus, Ohio 01-29-15 Member Since 2015

      Professor of Literature and things. Mother, wife, goddess of the garden and critters. WoW addict.

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      "Good Stuff"

      This narrator is wonderful! I loved her voice and the life she brings to the stories!

      This was my first O'Connor book. It took me a very long time to get through this. I listened to about one story a week. I cannot put my finger on what it was, but I just couldn't get really into it. I will probably try another O'Connor book on down the road.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Ruth Bain 01-05-16
      Ruth Bain 01-05-16

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      "Unusual"

      The characters that inhabit these short stories are all grotesque in varying degrees. I can't say I enjoyed them, but they are interesting in the way that watching reality TV is compelling, people doing and acting in ways that are just past acceptable.

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      Arleen Washington, DC 12-14-14
      Arleen Washington, DC 12-14-14 Member Since 2014
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      "Thrilling Narration but Too Dark of a Story for me"
      What disappointed you about A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories?

      The story is too dark for me and is hard for me to listen whiling driving through a long, dark night... I tried to see if there is some sliver lining or celestial comfort...I probably didn't have the patience to listen more to find it


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      Karen Concord, NC, United States 07-14-13
      Karen Concord, NC, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2009
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      "Disappointed"

      I chose this book based on a Southern Living article. I really like books about the South, Pat Conroy being one of my favorite authors. I just didn't get this book. I couldn't tell where one short story ended and another began. Some of the language may offend you but I think it does represent the language of the day in the South.

      I was happy when the book ended

      2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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