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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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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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    W Perry Hall 11-07-15 Member Since 2015

    “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” Steinbeck

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    "Trudging Mountain Woods & Streams with the Unseen"

    Haled by the literati and cognoscenti, SUTTREE is the tale of the travails of Cornelius Suttree, a wayward, educated and privileged itinerant's trudge through and life in the backwoods and on the streams of the Smokies, his acquaintances with society's bums, misfits and miscreants, his typhoid fever and lengthy hallucination, and his rotten and, once, tragic relationships with women.

    My view of the novel as merely middling may be colored by my failure to pay close enough attention, but that brings up a valid point: the novel was, as all McCarthy novels, skillful and highly literate, and at times so erudite as to be incomprehensible (only adjectives that are either more than 10 letters or obscure suffice, though I don't mind the frequent pit stops for the dictionary), but the book's biggest defect was being, ultimately, forgettable.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JMiller28 05-14-15
    JMiller28 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Cormac McCarthy Novel To Get Lost In"

    Another beautifully written McCarthy novel. A novel in which everything happens while nothing is happening, in a way only this author can pull off. Narration was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sebastian East Wallingford, VT, United States 03-30-15
    Sebastian East Wallingford, VT, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Just ... completely wonderful. Not like all the Pretty Horses or Blood Meridian but just as great. Modern brilliant urban slime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Venice, CA, United States 01-30-15
    Julia Venice, CA, United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Literary perfection"

    I can't wait for a few months to pass, just so I can listen to this masterpiece again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Oceanside, CA, United States 09-03-14
    Jared Oceanside, CA, United States 09-03-14

    Oside Surfer

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    "A Little Disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the storyline felt very disjunctive jumping from string to string often without definitive conclusions. Frequently the storyline would move at the pace of molasses, mired in description and 50 dollar words that seem only written for the authors amusement or ego, but leaves the reader disconnected and/or thinking about something other than the prose at hand. I think there is a decent story in this book, but it just needs to be boiled down to about 10 hours instead of 20.


    What was most disappointing about Cormac McCarthy’s story?

    Too disjunctive in the way it is presented.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    Good cadence, tone, variation, etc.


    Do you think Suttree needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, as noted, above I think more was said than needs to be for the most part except for the lack of definitive conclusions to sub plots within the narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    I selected this audiobook because I read and enjoyed Cormac's book "The Road" and because of the positive reviews. Now I recall one of the reviews relating Suttree to works by William Faulkner. I have only read one book by Faulkner, "Light in August" and really did not care for it. Now I kind of see the connection, although I think Cormac's Suttree is more digestible than Light in August.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Mullis Colorado 02-05-14
    John Mullis Colorado 02-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "So Many Words!"
    What did you like best about Suttree? What did you like least?

    This book is very different than The Road, No Country for Old Men or other McCarthy books. He uses SO MANY WORDS to describe so many details. I have an above average vocabulary, but there were descriptions and scenes I just did not understand because I was not familiar with the words. It was a challenge to follow but the writing is a tour de force of vocabulary and is impressive. I also feel the story is very different than other McCarthy books - it doesn't charge forward in the same fashion as many of his books do. I think I listened to 5+ hours of this book and lost interest. It's over 20 hours of book!None of these factors are criticisms, I just want other readers/listeners to know. I ended up returning this on Audible ( a feature which i just discovered and for which I am very thankful)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cormac McCarthy? Why or why not?

    I love Cormac McCarthy's work! I listened to The Road recently and loved it again. I've probably read 4-5 books by McCarthy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GAINES 12-19-13
    GAINES 12-19-13 Member Since 2015

    Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.

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    "The Midnight Mellon Mounter....."

    this was an incredibly interesting story that left me sitting in my driveway not wanting to stop listeneing every evening. It has to be my favorite McCarthy book hands down. The imagery is clear. the narration couldnt have been better and the story is superbly odd, grousome, wounderful, and relateable all mixed together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dorian Moses Lake, WA, United States 10-21-13
    dorian Moses Lake, WA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Suttree the most enjoyable?

    Poe's brilliance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gene Harrogate and his schemes.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    His ability to bring out each character's nuances with his voice acting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Atlanta, GA, United States 10-04-13
    Sylvia Atlanta, GA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "sounds like a mildewed book smells, except worse"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a recoding made with at least 20th century technology


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

    I have no idea what this genre is --ear hurting?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    cannot tell since it was smothered in the terrible sound


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

    couldn't listen long enough to tell


    Any additional comments?

    Doesn't anyone at Audio listen to a recording before selling it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sf resident 06-18-13
    sf resident 06-18-13

    sf roses

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    "overwrought, wordy and dismal."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a story. I did not get past the first 20 minutes of the mindnumbing excruciating description of despair. incredibly disappointing. every sentence trying so hard , flowery prose with no plot or character. . Maybe it is easier to read and appreciate in print, but as an audible book, this really is a dud.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Hand Maiden's Tale


    What three words best describe Richard Poe’s performance?

    Nice voice, smooth


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ho hum,


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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