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Independence Day Audiobook
Independence Day
Written by: 
Richard Ford
Narrated by: 
Richard Poe
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Independence Day Audiobook

Independence Day: Frank Bascombe, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Hailed as a major American novel, Independence Day is a relentlessly thoughtful, heart-wrenching, yet hilarious portrait of an ordinary American man. Wickedly realistic details and dialog entice you to see modern life filtered through the first-person narrator's complex and evolving consciousness. Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son.

©1995 Richard Ford; (P)1998 RECORDED BOOKS

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    Bv5678 01-07-09
    Bv5678 01-07-09
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    "Great Book - Great Narrator"

    Another great book from Richard Ford. Every one in the Frank Bascombe series is excellent. I don't understand how every review is not 4-5 stars. If I'm not mistaken it won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN-Faulkner Award. Richard Poe's narration is excellent too.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Perlo 02-06-15
    Evan Perlo 02-06-15
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    "Outstanding narrator"

    This is the kind of reading voice that makes audiobooks a uniquely pleasurable and enriching art form. A great piece of writing enhanced by an exceptional reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 07-18-12
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 07-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable and thought provoking but too long"

    After reading "Canada" I downloaded this book. This was very different in style. I did enjoy it but found it repetitive and overly long.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KylePs80 08-25-15
    KylePs80 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Typical Man's Typical Weekend, Flecked with Moments of True Beauty"

    Read this book if you want to understand how middle-aged, introspective, divorced men find beauty and the will to go on despite the common man's worty and mundane existence. Do not read this book if you're not willing to tolerate the narrative passing through as many hours as the recording is long (or nearly). I loved every minute of it. The voice and language are works of true artistry and the narrator is incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-16-16
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    "Horrible."

    Painfully pointless. The protaganist hates everything. everyone. No one is happy or kind or smart or worthwhile. If you are contemplating suicide, don't read this. I thought this was supposed to be funny. Maybe if you're a masochist!

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    Hatfield Frank 03-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    the author is a master of character development and insights into human nature. highly recommended

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    Love to Read in ME 03-25-10
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    "Empahsis on SELF"

    Self-absorption; self examination. I finally stopped listening to this at the middle of the third section as it made me so depressed. If this is "real life-like" we are all doomed!! I think the human race is better than this, but I may be wrong according to this book's reviews.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mildred 02-11-10
    Mildred 02-11-10
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    "A lot about nothing"

    Really wanted to love this book.. and I kept waiting, but it never developed to me. Nicely written, and you really get to know the main character, but I kept thinking, "so what?" I expected more.

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    J. Spafford 04-17-16
    J. Spafford 04-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Certainly not deserving of the Pulitzer!"

    Descriptive, eloquently well written but flat and a bit boring. Are the characters interesting ? is this a story worth reading about? Not really!

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    Brenda 09-02-10
    Brenda 09-02-10
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    "Don't waste your money"

    This is without a doubt the worst book I have purchased from Audible and I have purchased over 100 books. There was no redeeming feature to this book. The reading was as bad as the writing. Don't waste your money.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful

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