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Nobody's Fool Audiobook

Nobody's Fool

Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.
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Publisher's Summary

In this slyly funny and moving novel, Richard Russo follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town, and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens. Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, sixty-year-old Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous. Don't miss this great novel of impressive literary finesse shot through with wit and compassion.

© 1993 Richard Russo; (P) 2003 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Russo is a master craftsman....The blue-collar heartache at the center of [his] fiction has the sheen of Dickens but the epic levity of John Irving....Nobody's Fool is a big, rambunctious novel with endless riffs and unstoppable human hopefulness." (The Boston Globe)
"...confident, assured novel sweeps the reader up in the daily life of its characters." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A delight." (Library Journal)

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    Benjamin Somersworth, NH, USA 02-23-05
    Benjamin Somersworth, NH, USA 02-23-05
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    "Amazing writer. Will stand the test of time."

    Richard Russo is an amazing writer. One of my favorites. He writes fantastic stories about fictional chararcters with real life dilemas. Truly a master at his craft.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darrolyn minneapolis, MN, USA 10-26-03
    Darrolyn minneapolis, MN, USA 10-26-03
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    "sad to see it end....absolutely wonderful story!!"

    Russo is a master! I finished this book a week ago and am still thinking about the characters. This is rare for me. Often, too often in fact, I finish a book and a week later can't remember it at all. This well written book has no wasted words and no repetition. I fell in love with the characters and would like to pack up and move to this town and get to know them even better. I was disappointed when the story ended because I didn't want to leave this town or the people. The narrator is just perfect. i can still hear him saying...."Sully, Sully, Sully". It's not a thriller or adventure story, but it's more a book you want to read when you want to lay back and watch, listen to, learn from and be entertained by people...it's hard for me to put into words...it's about nothing(if you call life nothing) and it's about everything...you will have to read it to see what I mean and I think you will agree with me that it is definitely worth the time spent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-15-14
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "A man among men . . . and it is a compliment"

    Having seen (and loved) the movie numerous times, I have put off reading the book for a very long time, concerned that it would not live up to my expectations. Having Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy and Bruce Willis permanently etched in my mind’s eye as the main characters, it’s impossible to separate my response to the book from my feelings about the film. To my great delight, Sully in the book is every bit as ironic, rascally and endearing as Newman portrayed him, so my fears were groundless. The other residents of North Bath are fully developed, bringing in more characters than the film did, and significantly changing others.

    This is very much a character study. Don’t look for action, mystery, or broad comedy. What you will get is a well-paced slice of life, saturated with subtle and ironic humor, that illuminates what makes people tick in a small dying town. All of the characters are flawed, many to the point of being unlikable. But Russo gives them enough dimension to allow us at least some sympathy for what has brought them to where they are now. Fully understanding the story behind Sully’s relationship with his dad makes make you wonder why he is merely philosophically dysfunctional instead of stark raving mad. His humor and native intelligence makes him one of the best characters I have read in contemporary American literature. I would give anything to be able to meet him for a beer at the White Horse just to shoot the breeze. I suspect I would fall in love with him. As Toby observed, he’s a man among men. Only unlike her, I mean it as a compliment.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 06-03-12
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 06-03-12 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Sully Won Me Over!"

    This book with it's flawed main character has it's ups and downs but overall it is a story of the dysfunction and redemption in all of us human beings. Our ability to love and hate is played out in this book beautifully.. But this book is so much more. It reminded me a bit of Stephen Kings folksy tone and even though at times for me it got bogged down, I finished this book feeling sad it ended. And I must give the narrator kudos, what an amazing job, Ron McLarty!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
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    "A great read"

    This is the story about a rather obnoxious person - a handyman or dayworker who seems to do his best to destroy his own life, but always comes out on top. Life is full of people like him, but very few are as stable and humourous as this person. I grew very fond of him. In fact, I'd like to read more about him, and this as good a grade as a writer can get from his reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caryn Durbanville, South Africa 09-15-10
    Caryn Durbanville, South Africa 09-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant!"

    Finished listening to it the first time and went on to listen to it from the beginning again! It's like a song that you can't get enough of.

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    Janet Texas 05-25-10
    Janet Texas 05-25-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "I fell in love with Sully..."

    and his town and most of its people. Plot or not, Russo made them all come alive, and I enjoyed every minute and was sorry to see the story end.

    I wasn't wild about McLarty's choice of voice for Sully ( Paul Newman will always be Sully in my mind!), but it's still a superb job of narrating.

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    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 04-25-10
    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 04-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Small plot, complex characters"

    Long on character development and short on plot, this book held my interest in anticipation of some dramatic twist which unfortunately never occurred. I never really lost interest but I also never felt compelled to keep listening to see what was going to happen. I could leave it for days at a time without feeling compelled to keep plowing through it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Richmond, VA, USA 09-30-09
    James Richmond, VA, USA 09-30-09
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    "Are you serious? He's the main character?"

    How was I going to possibly relate to or care about Sully, a 60 year old, unmotivated, self-focused boor and his small town - seemingly so different and removed from my life - for a 24 hour "read"? I was told in one these reviews that Russo writes like Wally Lamb, one of my favorites - so I launched in. Not a bad comparison of authors. Russo takes us on a pleasant, meandering journey through the town of North Bath, New York and by the end of the story we get to know the characters of this town intimately, and guess what? I like this blue collar town; it reminds me a lot of my own. And as for Sully; he reminds me alot of me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Stillwater , OK, USA 12-17-09
    Tom Stillwater , OK, USA 12-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful book, wonderful narrator"

    Donald Sullivan (Sully) is the Don Quixote of upstate New York. I loved this one so much I listened to it twice, which is a first for an audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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