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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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    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 Member Since 2005

    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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    bgm 09-27-16
    bgm 09-27-16 Member Since 2016

    Technical specialist, dad, reader, dad, philosopher, dad, guitarist, dad, etc.

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    ""the Book""
    What did you love best about Suttree?

    Everything about this book is great. Both the subtle but almost overbearing story and the way it's told, as well as Richard Poe's reading of it, are amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the first audible book that made the website become almost like an addiction for me. It's the first book I sort of just picked out of the blue. I wanted a Cormac McCarthy book, but I wasn't sure which one I was in the mood for so I randomly picked this one. Poe's reading is the first performance of a book that made me say, "Wow...now I see why there are awards for this stuff." I have actually chosen a few more books based 75% on the fact that Poe reads them. But, none of them are as good as or lend as much to the story as the way he reads this one.


    What does Richard Poe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Characters are differentiated very well. It's hard to believe it's only one person reading them. I never appreciated story performance as much before hearing this one as I did afterwards.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. McCarthy's stories are almost always amazing, bu this performance really brings it to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina STL, MO, United States 09-17-16
    Tina STL, MO, United States 09-17-16
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    "Perfect narration & wonderful imagery..but no plot"

    I recommend this audio book to anyone that would like to get lost in quality writing and narration. However, if the reader needs a plot, then skip it!

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    Alex Buda Alpine, CA 07-06-16
    Alex Buda Alpine, CA 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Depressing!"

    Kept on listening but the story just got sorrier......no recommendations from me!!!! Really disappointed! Good writing can't support a bad story!

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    Matthew Groom Port St. John, FL 06-30-16
    Matthew Groom Port St. John, FL 06-30-16 Member Since 2008

    Banning flags is like burning books.

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    "A series of vignettes of the damned"

    Cormac McCarthy seems to have written this as a meditation against drink. This is a story without heroes, where nobody ever makes the right choices, and their suffering is made worse by that knowledge. McCarthy is masterful in creating an atmosphere of the choking, filthy miasma and all-consuming poverty of drunkards, fiends, perverts, thieves, and losers circling the bowl of a district in Knoxville, TN called McAnally Flats in the 1950's.

    All of the characters are very much like long festering roadkill one happens upon when walking somewhere; exactly as you found them when you leave them. If you like morals and character development and clever dialog, this is not for you.

    If you like to feel slightly nauseous and wishing you could take a shower when you read, or if you have ever wondered what your life might feel like if you simply gave up, spent every dime you had on awful, low-quality spirits, and woke up sore throated, under a tree in a junkyard, covered in vomit, sunburnt, bug-bitten, reeking of piss and shit and semen which is hopefully your own, then this book will give you some idea of what you have to look forward to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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