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All the King's Men | [Robert Penn Warren]

All the King's Men

The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.
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Publisher's Summary

Robert Penn Warren, America's first Poet Laureate, penned one of the most widely read works in American literature with the Pulitzer Prize-winning All the King's Men. An unrivaled novel of American politics, Warren's masterpiece is a classic tale every bit as relevant today as it was upon its release more than 50 years ago.

The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man, Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

©1946 Robert Penn Warren; renewed 1974 Robert Penn Warren; (P)2005 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2007

"The definitive novel about American politics." (The New York Times)
"Mr. Warren has employed vivid characterization and strong language combined with subtle overtones to write a vital, compelling narrative." (Booklist)
"Michael Emerson's performance brings the characters to life with verve and personality....Through a mix of understatement and intensity, Emerson clearly conveys the political turmoil underlying the book; his performance perfectly complements the story, which is as timely as it was 60 years ago....Emerson's reading does justice to a great work." (AudioFile)

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    Eric Berger Houston, TX 10-04-06
    Eric Berger Houston, TX 10-04-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Marvelously written and read"

    This is a great novel. You probably already know that. What you may not know is that this audiobook production is top-notch. The narrator is spot on, capturing the poetry of the writing and the tone of the south. Just a fantastic package of writing and narration.

    Highly recommended.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Christina port charlotte, fl, United States 10-19-06
    Christina port charlotte, fl, United States 10-19-06 Member Since 2005
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    "people & politics"

    a classic exploration of the complexities of personality, power, character, good and evil. the writing is sublime and the narration is wonderful. i found myself stopping the play just to think about the implications of the author's observations on characters and events. it is a novel of it's time and uses the vernacular of its time. that, too, is something to ponder and to assess for ourselves how much we believe that we as individuals or society have changed.
    very thought provoking. i know i will come back to listen to this again.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    SLP Elk Grove, CA United States 10-18-06
    SLP Elk Grove, CA United States 10-18-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Outstanding"

    This is an outstanding reading of a great piece of literature. I can't add to 60 years of literary reviews praising this Pulitzer winning classic, but I can compliment Michael Emerson's reading of it. Mr. Emerson's reading is a perfect fit for what is unquestionably a great work of American Literature. His pacing, intonation, and articulation of Warren’s beautiful use of our language enhance the experience of this excellent book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-19-11
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-19-11 Member Since 2007

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "I expected politics, but got life intead"

    No wonder this book is on every "Best Books of the 20th Century" list you see. It's brilliant. I knew it was based loosely on Huey Long, so I expected politics. What I didn't expect was the shift about a third of the way into the book into life: love, loss, betrayal, disappointment, loyalty and more. I can't say more than the thousands of reviews already say. It's beautifully written and the narration suits it perfectly.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David Hendersonville, NC, USA 08-17-09
    David Hendersonville, NC, USA 08-17-09
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    "Beautiful Prose"

    Every now and then you happen upon a book that makes you just stop and listen. This is it. The prose is beautiful. It is not an "action" book it is a book to savour. If I could only ever listen to one book this would be it

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cheimon New York, NY USA 10-12-08
    Cheimon New York, NY USA 10-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautifully presented"

    This is a wonderfully moving, insightful presentation of the novel, treating the characters with tenderness as they are being torn apart. That said - this is not an audiobook for the casual listener, the novel demands attention. If you are like me, and listen to audiobooks while walking on busy streets, relying on an author to dwell on important plot points long enough for you to hear them eventually (think Tolstoy), you will find yourself rewinding All The King's Men a lot.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-01-07
    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-01-07 Member Since 2003

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    "Great Book"

    The great books make a lasting impact on the reader. That is how it was with this piece of literature. Months after finishing "All the King's Men", I find myself reflecting back on the story, the prose and the profound impression this book made in me.

    The narration is perfect for the story's time and place. This is one you should not miss.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 12-20-11
    David Houston, TX, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "It ain't that simple"

    I find it really difficult to characterize this book because it is so complex and textured, probing the ever present ambiguities of good and evil in our motivations and actions and rejecting all the simplistic drivel which allows us to choose sides so easily both in politics and in life. Penn Warren makes it clear that nothing is that simple, though it may not make much difference since our hearts usually drive us to make our choices and live with them and perhaps justify them later.

    While I recognize that this is a brilliant book, I gave the story four stars because I actually found the first person, central character's struggle a little tiresome by the end. I think I might have tolerated it somewhat better if I were still thirty seven. On the other hand, watching through his eyes as Willie Stark/Huey P. Long carries all before him toward his inevitable destiny is fascinating and completely absorbing. He comes across as an American original and anything but simple.

    As noted by most other reviewers, Michael Emerson's rendering of the book is brilliant throughout. One of the really great audible book performances I have heard.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Weldon Louisiana 08-31-11
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    "The Kingfish Rules !"

    Great book, great story. This is the fictionalized version of the greatest showman politician ever. Crooked as a can of worms, but completely honest about it! Only in Louisiana could you find politics so unabashedly corrupt and completely successful all at the same time! Loved it !!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 06-26-08
    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 06-26-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Awesome"

    This is an awesome audio book. The novel is excellent but the narration is superb --- the best I have listened to so far. The narrator is a brilliant artist. The novel is complex and serious work of art. It is for adults--- not for children. It is poetic, profound, and dazzling.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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