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Nobody's Fool Audiobook
Nobody's Fool
Written by: 
Richard Russo
Narrated by: 
Ron McLarty
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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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    Reademandweep 02-21-11 Member Since 2014

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Ron McClarty makes everything better"

    I'm not sure I'd have loved this book as much, read by anyone else. It's a marriage made in heaven, Russo's stories of people in small, New England towns and Ron McClarty's down to earth interpretation of them. I wish Russo would give an ending to his stories but even without that, loved Nobody's Fool. If you like it too, I highly recommend "Memory of Running". Again, a story of a New England life, it's one of the best listens I've enjoyed out of hundreds.

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    John Columbia, TN, United States 11-01-10
    John Columbia, TN, United States 11-01-10
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    "Nobody's Fool ---a great listen"

    This is one of my all time favorites. It includes characters that are common to all places. I felt I knew everyone in this book. It is lengthy, but passes by to quick after you start to listen. Richard Russo is a skillful painter with his words. I promise you can see this one in detail in your mind. Ron McLarty is now my favorite narrator with his delivery of this story. He was the perfect voice, and gave soul to the characters. I wish there was a follow up, but I am happy where it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-13-09
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-13-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful"

    This book is full of everyday catastrophes that many can identify with. Granted some may seem outlandish, but the reader will love to hear the story of Sully and his life. It brought fond memories of small town living which is not common in life today.

    Ron McLarty does a marvelous narration job.

    Wonderful character development, not a heavy plot line but just life's going's on's (if that is a true word). Even though Sully is a man, this is a story to be enjoyed by all genders and ages.

    The story is long, but worth every minute.

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    Sean Gately Scottsdale, AZ 09-28-09
    Sean Gately Scottsdale, AZ 09-28-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read"

    Its a great story and a privilege to listen to one of the best narrators reading today. A richly developed and deep world, the author transforms a simple story into a vast and emotional experience.

    You will get entirely caught up in Sully's life, and truly feel that you are part of this small town mash-up of unique, yet familiar characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg haleiwa, HI, USA 07-12-09
    Greg haleiwa, HI, USA 07-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ron McLarty is wonderful reading it; bringing a wide variety of voices to the narrative. The characters are complex and interesting as is the story. Listen to it.

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    Ashley Eisele 07-03-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "Nobody's Fool (Unabridged)"

    Great insight and characterization, but a bit to lengthy for the story line.

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    G. boulder creek, ca 07-05-08
    G. boulder creek, ca 07-05-08 Member Since 2016
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    "100% Great"

    If you want in depth characters with a good small town story, get this book. This is not a page turner in the usual sense, but meanders pleasantly to the end, where you wish it wasn't over. Nothing negative to say, great book.

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    Joyce hendersonville, NC, USA 10-23-06
    Joyce hendersonville, NC, USA 10-23-06 Member Since 2011
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    "much too long"

    I loved Empire Falls, by this author, and so I eargerly anticipated listening to this book. This is a good story with fascinating characters who are very well developed. I would have loved this book, except that it streched out so long. and I became so bored, that I had to force myself to continue. The excellent story became bogged down in endless detail. If 25% of it were cut, it would have been a better listen. The narrator was excellent, however, which kind of kept me going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Encinitas, CA, USA 08-07-06
    Joel Encinitas, CA, USA 08-07-06
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    "Charachters Brought to Life"

    An absolutely amazing performance makes this story full of fascinating characters come to life. I finished this a month ago and I still can hear the readers voice saying the characters lines. The ending was flat but it not really matter. A Great Listen--Than you to Ron McClarty for an Amazing performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TRACY HARTFORD, KS, United States 06-28-06
    TRACY HARTFORD, KS, United States 06-28-06 Member Since 2014

    Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...

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    "Great story telling"

    A very enjoyable story. Colorful character creations. Loved the reader and how he gave each character a special personality.
    A study of humanity.

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