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Nobody's Fool Audiobook

Nobody's Fool

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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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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 10-24-12
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My Candidate for Great American Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nobody's Fool to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! I would listen to anything Ron McLarty reads and anything Richard Russo writes and that about says it all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Real people living real lives good and bad. I have known them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last "download" of the three. Buy the book and the listener will know why.


    If you could rename Nobody's Fool, what would you call it?

    Once In Love With Sully


    Any additional comments?

    Having lived in upstate NY and rural PA all my life, these people are as genuine as it gets. Sully is your annoying neighbor, uncle and yes, perhaps father. One moment you think of strangling him and the next you want to bring him in and fry a hamburger. Warning! If you do not understand men and love them stay away from this book. Richard Russo has their banter down to a fare thee well.

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    Sharon 09-10-12
    Sharon 09-10-12

    I love to listen or read books...I have always got one or two books on the go at any one time. I am happily married, and live a quiet life.

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    "Uninteresting"

    I love Ron McLarty's voice and the way he tells the story, but I was very disappointed in this book, its hum drum to the point I would fall asleep listening to it. I never finished it.

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    Wrthanickl Essex Junction, Vermont USA 09-10-12
    Wrthanickl Essex Junction, Vermont USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Getting to know your favorite uncle"
    If you could sum up Nobody's Fool in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, fun, heartwarming


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    When I don't realize someone is reading to me, I consider the performance very well done


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moments when the characters (in particular Sully and his landlady) faced themselves "in all their glory" and made the choice to keep going, but with a deeper appreciation of those around them


    Any additional comments?

    Richard Russo has such ability to take the "invisible" people of society (the old lady in the big house, the bums at the diner counter or bar) and creates rich, interesting characters with incredible depth and background. He subtly equalizes all the members of our community as beings worthy of our attention, appreciation, and respect

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    Sheri 06-15-12
    Sheri 06-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Headphones on & I looked crazy laughing aloud!"
    Where does Nobody's Fool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be one of the most memorable books I've listened to out of almost 300...because I kept laughing outloud...bursting in to jolts of surprised laughter and looking a little crazy while listening on the bus!!


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    Sully is a character who just grows on you...it is like a deeper journey with one of the characters from "Grumpy Old Men." This character just continued to surprise me with his reactions and one liners to the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definately a "character" novel...not a real plot driven story. Never the less the characterization (and the audio narration in particular) was so well developed with such perfect humour, that my enjoyment and shock at this character's personality just kept growing. Have to say a little disappointed with the end of the story, but still a very entertaining listen!

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    Pamela WEARE, NH, United States 02-09-12
    Pamela WEARE, NH, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I Loved this book"

    Ron McLarty was made to read this book. He made Sully loveable. This was a long book but I was sad when it ended. This is my favorite audio book so far!

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    02-03-12
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    "best book I've read in in years"
    What did you love best about Nobody's Fool?

    Russo is the Faulkner of the of the Northeast makes small town life interesting in way that interweaves characters lives to present a bigger picture. The book has kind of a strange moral compass that most readers will relate to. Naming my first Kid Sully it's that good.


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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 10-06-11
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 10-06-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Story, Dead-on Narration"

    Richard Russo writes tales of rundown and overlooked people living in places that saw their best days long ago. Empire Falls, That Old Cape Magic, Bridge of Sighs -- they're all variations on the same themes that animate Nobody's Fool. That takes nothing away from their power as stories, because Russo is such a great storyteller. He makes you care about his characters and want them to win in a game where it seems the odds are always stacked against them. Their transcendence beyond their circumstances reminds us that life goes on, that we can and will survive, and that we all can rise above our own mistakes and bad choices.

    This very human story is brought to life masterfully by Ron McClarty, whose narration is pitch-perfect, evoking time, place, and the full cast of characters that populate the town of North Bath, NY. Forget Paul Newman. Ron McClarty's Sully is the one that will stick with me.

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    Barboza Muscat, Oman 09-17-11
    Barboza Muscat, Oman 09-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Too long"

    Gets boring after some time. The story does not progress after the midway mark. I suppose an abridged version would be a better read...

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    Aureus 05-18-11
    Aureus 05-18-11

    Aureus

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    "Good But Not Great!"

    Nobody's Fool is a well written, enjoyable story, but it's not Bridge of Sighs, or Empire Falls!

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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 05-07-11
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 05-07-11 Member Since 2014
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    "This book grew on me"

    For the first couple of hours, I thought this was a really awful book. There wasn't a single character in it that I identified with or would ever have enjoyed knowing. I never could figure out if it had any plot. That said, now that it is over, I miss the people I'd gotten to know.

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