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Suttree Audiobook

Suttree

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.
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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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    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael 04-10-16
    michael 04-10-16 Member Since 2014

    I'm just a guy who hates Small talk, thanks to audible and a good set of ear buds. Not shopping, not even waiting rooms are a problem.

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    "Long..... Very long"
    What did you like best about Suttree? What did you like least?

    It's kinda gross.... In a lot of places. I mean... Do fish guts and flatulence need pages of description ?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not much


    What three words best describe Richard Poe’s performance?

    Not really remarkable


    Was Suttree worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No country for old men is much better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kyle thompson 03-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty brilliant"

    "You have no right to represent people this way. A man is all men. You have no right to your wretchedness." -Suttree


    I enjoyed Blood Meridian more by Cormac McCarthy, but that is merely a tangent for you venture off to...

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    Pophens 03-22-16
    Pophens 03-22-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Flashbacks are difficult in listening books."

    It was just way too confusing to listen to. I think it'd be a tough read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim McIntyre Suwanee, GA United States 02-25-16
    Jim McIntyre Suwanee, GA United States 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding!"

    I will never forget this book and it will leave a lasting impression on me. I will re-read it often.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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