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)
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.
In a long life of reading, I have always known of this book, but thought it wasn't for me. Pegged as the Great American Political Novel, it sounded limited to me. If I want to read about American politics, I'll read non-fiction. I have had just the wonderful experience, at 69, of reading one of the most interesting novels of my life for the first time! And better yet, it comes from my own country, in my own language, and written not long before I was born. I'm saying all this to convey how personal this book feels. I feel my parents, myself, and my children in this book, even though our personal details have no similarity to anything in the book. And beware, there is NOTHING comforting here. What a book. And well read.
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.
I had such hopes when I purchased this book as it sounded interesting. No such luck. I had to quit after three tries and about two hoursof listening over several days. Boring and uninteresting. I did not think it was well red- would not hold my interest or attention. A shame too, as it could have been much better done.
Yes. There was a depth to the philosophy that I would like to explore further. The language is magnificent. His skill as a poet creates a need to reread.
It is impossible to select just one. All the characters develop and evolve with each incident.
He felt the energy of the story and understood each of the very diverse characters.
It is an artistic accomplishment that Robert Penn Warren creates a flawed character to be his first person narrator. The reader wants to reason with him as he weaves his own ironic philosophy into his account of the story. He not only reveals the true nature of the other characters, but his own struggles to understand his own existence. As a result, the reader comes to new conclusions about his own philosophy.
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