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Suttree Audiobook

Suttree

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Publisher's Summary

No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

©1979 Cormac McCarthy (P)2012 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

Suttree contains a humor that is Faulknerian … and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor.” (Times Literary Supplement, London)

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    Artie 04-14-16
    Artie 04-14-16
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    "All over the place"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.Too wordy . So you have to intensly listen to follow the alleged plot. Too much listener work with little reward.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cormac McCarthy again?

    I did listen and the books were excellent


    Did Suttree inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. To Stop listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read The other McCarthy books. They are great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Portland, OR, United States 02-21-16
    Kathleen Portland, OR, United States 02-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Pointless, depressing and offensive"

    This book seems designed to alternate between disgusting the reader with graphic descriptions of disgusting illnesses and injuries, depressing us with squalor, and offending us with the "n" word. All those things can be a part of a compelling story. Unfortunately in this case they were not. It just felt gratuitously depressing and disgusting. Skip it, is my recommendation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Connett SOUTH PASADENA, CA. USA 01-18-13
    Robert Connett SOUTH PASADENA, CA. USA 01-18-13

    RS Connett

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    "My God! It's a good book!"
    If you could sum up Suttree in three words, what would they be?

    Perhaps the best yet from McCarthy, which is saying a lot. Amazing ... a master of words. A book that I will listen to again and again.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary M. Gentry Oakland, CA 12-05-12
    Zachary M. Gentry Oakland, CA 12-05-12 Member Since 2013

    Zach M. Gentry

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    "A fascinating story, well told"
    What did you love best about Suttree?

    Unlike many of McCarthy's novels, this had moments of wit and humor. It also contains some of the most vivid prose I've ever heard.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan BaulmesSwitzerland 12-11-12
    Susan BaulmesSwitzerland 12-11-12 Member Since 2014

    The problem is that I have read too much and can't find new literary books. Writers today fill with too much stuffing, too little meat.

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    "Disappointing, but still excellent."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    the book was disappointing because i expected more from McCarthy. It is most excellent writing, and the character is three-dimensional. He was, nevertheless, hard to like and to feel involved with.

    Time will show me if he sticks in my head like the characters of "all the pretty horses" and many of the other books he has written, in which case i would have to change my opinion of this book. The visual pictures produced by the story may be unforgettable; they are already jumping up at me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i am listening to Endurance.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    never boring


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Wormuth Santa Cruz, Ca United States 11-17-12
    Edward Wormuth Santa Cruz, Ca United States 11-17-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Mr. Descriptor takes on disaffected loner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was not aware of the work of Cormac MaCarthy before acquiring this audio book, but now know he is an established figure in the literary world with works used for television and movies. Hie descriptions of every minute detail are quite evocative and I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends [many of whom were amazed I had not heard of him before]


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Suttree...he is the central character and a study in a disaffected man on the fringes of society with a moral compass, albeit a semi-hidden and rudimentary one who affects all the other characters, but only negligibly.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Harrogate


    Who was the most memorable character of Suttree and why?

    Harrogate --he befriends him, possibly because this man really needs someone to be his friend, loose cannon that he is.


    Any additional comments?

    The feel of the story to me evokes Camus and Pinter.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 02-26-13
    Nelson Mostow Cleveland ohio 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Full of dark, ugly images"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. The reader was excellent. It was the constant detailed imagery which made me uncomfortable.


    Has Suttree turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not sure what genre to put this book into. It if full of images of death, filth, ugliness. The protagonist, Suttree was mired in this. There was little humor and little to which the reader (listener) could relate.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Suttree was the only character who had any of his inner traits revealed. Any even this left me confused as to his inner drives and motivations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It gave a presumably somewhat accurate of what the very poor of Knoxville in the early 1950s lived like. In that sense, it was a learning experience. You really were immersed in the poverty of that city. At times focusing on the ugliness and filth of a city is of value. Most of us go around photographing or "focusing" our attention on the beautiful. McCarthy focused on and described in detail images of ugliness, filth, decay and death. Also, the writing style was at times very poetic. Many times I felt like I was listening to the Walt Whitman of the ghetto. Lots of invented words and phrases which sounded like some kind of modern poetry.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Publicagent 01-06-17
    Publicagent 01-06-17 Member Since 2015

    Publicagent

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    "Amazing Narration"

    Poe really captures McCarthy's spirit. Would listen again. Novel works great as audio book. Poetic and powerful.

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    RHines 12-20-16
    RHines 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written and read"

    I found this to be McCarthys most beautifully written book. While the Audible performance is one of the best, it's the sort of book that may be more powerful seeing the words splayed out like poetry. Regardless, I really enjoyed listening as well although it took a bit more concentration. The plot intentionally lacks climax or resolution and seems to drift sideways, but McCarthy does it in a way that is somehow thrilling. Overall a great read.

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    sdhard 11-18-16
    sdhard 11-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Men Acting Badly"

    This story is a string of glimpses of men who are down on their luck, living in a time when all seems to be disparate. Women, at least up until I gave up on the book, are not given one kind word. Why are the men, while all are either crooked, crazy or lazy, drawn sympathetically by the author, but none of the women have a single positive characteristic to be mentioned.
    I gave up on the book due to the gloom and the misogyny.

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  • Patricia
    Wadebridge, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Sutree"

    An evocative tale of the depression and the life of Sutree, who we meet living on a houseboat on the river eeking out a living catching fish and selling what he catches to stay alive. Rich in description of the time and place Cormac Macarthy does what he does best yet again with his gift for bring to life times past and the all kinds of characters who are beliveable and recognizable. A story with pathos and poinient, raw and often uncomfortable in the power of his descriptive narative.

    He is undoubtedly a master story teller, this story will move the listener and be prepared to be deeply touched by its rawness.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    3/6/15
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    "Wow - this really is something"
    What made the experience of listening to Suttree the most enjoyable?

    I've tried reading this a couple of times and it's too much to take in off the page, the words come like a flood and are very small print! The audiobook made it much more digestible, and Poe is a terrific narrator. There are so many great characters in this book, so many great scenes, such vivid language and description, and the dialogue is (as you'd expect from McCarthy) full of warmth, humour, truth and brutality.


    What other book might you compare Suttree to, and why?

    I've never encountered anything-else like it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could find a spare 20 hours then yes :)


    Any additional comments?

    One I'll definitely listen to again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • matt
    3/2/16
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    "beautifully written, beautifully read."

    awesome narration. Complex book! Beautifully written and engaging, but I feel I understood only 10% of it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey J
    7/21/15
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    "Black humor in Suttree"

    I have struggled reading some Cormac McCarthy novels as, although they are fantastically well written, their stories sometimes peter out or don't actually get going. I thought I would have ago at the Audible version and plumped for Sutree. So glad I did! The narrator, Richard Poe seems to develop the characters in a way that brings out the dark nature of humor in the novel, Suttree, although a tragic figure seemed to attract a number of larger than life characters in an amazing array of situations that I found hilarious! One of my favorites was Gene, a misfit who ended up in jail for abusing water melons!! How the narrator managed to read aloud without laughing I do not know!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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