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
"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)
I'd heard so much about this novel, I was excited to listen to it. After listening to half of it, I decided to move on. I could never get into it.
Certainly. The narration actually adds an extra depth to the story
No. In fact I listened to it over a period of 2 months
I can't express in words just how good this is. The combination of Warren's writing and Emerson's narration work in concert to create one of the best written stories I've ever read. Warren's writing style and his ability to paint a picture with words is beyond description.
This will definitely join "The Stand" as one of the books that I re-read every few years.
The way that Warren described the character's childhood on the beach was simply beautiful.
Do yourself a favor and read this. It is a as good as anything that I've ever read.
Intriguing. Captivating. Enthralling.
Ayd Ryan's writings are a great complement to All the King's Men because the political intrigue will get you every time.
While the scene in the middle when Jackie Boy is recalling his love affair with Ann Stanton is long -- it is key to the story and in the end becomes a favorite.
Yes -- but I don't want to be a spoiler.
This is an excellent book -- all it's hype is genuine -- a great political intrigue and worth the hours. Don't miss this classic. Excellent reading -- keeps me coming back and back even though I've spent my designated time listening for the day.
JMM in CA
The language was beautiful. The author spent time describing facial features, gestures, landscapes... and it all contributed to fantastic characters. Warren was poet laureate of the U.S., and his exquisite prose has more than a little poetry as its foundation. Delicious.
The narrator did a nice job with all the characters. I wasn't keen on his voice at first, but as he hit his stride in this long book, I got quite comfortable with it.
This book has inspired me to find a biography of Huey Long...
Writer, economist, stand-up comic
The audio edition brought this semi-history to life and made the political lessons real. We continue to be fooled and sucked in by politicians who crave power and are corrupted by it.
Jack Burden who was reluctantly reduced by Willie Stark.
Giving life and emotion to Robert Penn Warren's excellent character development
When Stark send Burden to find "something" on the judge knowing he will.
Like Spielberg's movie Lincoln, this story shows how well meaning people employ ignoble means to achieve noble ends, suffering their own human foibles along the way.
It jumped around.
it told the story of the time.
No it was done well with accents and all.
Elect better politicions.
I had always heard this was a fictionalized account of Huey Long.....but it is much, much more than that...but because that is what I had heard, I waited many decades to read what turned out to one of the the top ten best books I have ever read. ..it is stunning story with more levels than the first time reader can possibly guess. Just when you think you understand the plot, you are taken into a deeper layer, and again, and again until, just like Jack Burdon, you find yourself wondering if you have enough air to reach the surface and yet also not caring if you do. From the opening, the author's command of the language leaves you paralyzed with wonder..."how did he find those words to fit together?" It is obvious, the author is also a celebrated poet.
There a those rare books that when you see someone reading them, you become envious because you know what they hold and you lust for that virginal experience that the reader is immersed in....this is one of those books.
very good book
It is a good read.
It is exciting.
I could not put it down.
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