© 1993 Richard Russo; (P) 2003 Random House, Inc.
"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)
This is a great narrator who is also a great author. If you like this, you should definitely listen to "The Memory of Running" written and narrated by the Ron McLarty, narrator of this book. This story is about Sully, a 60 year old man who lives in the moment, and the cast of characters in the small town he lives in. Sully is sarcastic and minimally invested emotionally with his friends, family, neighbors and lover. Yet he's charming and nobody's fool. I'm only half way through the story, so I don't know the full worth of the book, but I'm enjoying it very much.
"Nobody's Fool" sure doesn't sound very promising. It chronicles roughly five weeks in the life of a 60-year-old semi-crippled man with money, legal, family, friend, and lover problems. Other than that, life is pretty good.
What a story, though! It's full of richly-developed characters, plenty of smiles and laughs, and is wonderfully paced. To me, the story never felt long, even through a 24-hour listen.
The book was made even better by the narrator (Ron McLarty, who also wrote and read "The Memory of Running" - yet another great listen). Though the book is full of characters, McLarty keeps them separate through distinct and seemingly-accurate accents. He's got to be one of my favorite narrators.
This book won't give you fast action, exotic locales, or skimpy characters. It will give you real people (some of whom actually learn something about themselves) and a sense of place so real you'll swear you've lived there. I loved this book and the more I listened to it, the better it got.
I'd put "Nobody's Fool" on a par with some of my other favorite listens from Audible. If you liked any or all of the following books, I'm sure you'll like this one:
The Secret Life of Bees
Life of Pi
Time Traveler's Wife
I love listening to books and this one was great! The characters seem so real and draw you in to their lives. The reader is fantastic. A book of this length can really get you into the smallest details of the character's day. There isn't big events like in most books but there are many well illustrated truths. If you like long, well written, well read books with real characters this book is for you. If you are looking for excitement, action, murder and sex pass this one by.
Very tedious. Was hard to keep interested - I got through this audio one book back and could not remember a thing about the book???? Not a good sign....
I've never laughed so hard. The charactors are so incredibly believable. I feel as though I know them all
Having read Empire Falls, I had high expectations for Nobody's Fool, an earlier novel by Russo. This novel about smalltown life in upstate New York focuses on Donald Sullivan (Sully), a wisecracking, sarcastic, ne'er-do-well, but benevolent handyman who (at age 60) still has a tendency to drink too much and get into fights. Russo's writing is clever, and a few of the other characters in the book are nicely developed. Overall, however, I found this book to be plodding. Too little happened, both in terms of plot and in terms of any change in Sully's character. I did finish the book, but I sometimes wondered whether it was worth it. The narration, incidentally, was excellent.
I have to admit I didn't finish this. I gave up after about 4 hours, none of which I enjoyed. While Empire Falls was really great, this book just plodded along, I wasn't interested in any of the characters and not much was happening. I wouldn't recommend it. The narrator though was excellent
Try it, you'll like it. It's entertaining. You can laugh at the characters and the story, or you can put yourself in their shoes and laugh (or cry) with them. Very well done.
Like other reviewers, I loved Empire Falls so entered this one with high hopes. I was able to finish it, but it was not an enjoyable experience. The writing was excellent, but the story is a meandering stream headed nowhere.
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