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The Serpent King Audiobook

The Serpent King

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Publisher's Summary

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life - at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes; and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father's extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and senses of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

Includes the song "Birds Fly South", performed by the author and Elin Palmer.

©2016 Jeff Zentner (P)2016 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"The Serpent King is a book you won't be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page." (John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner)

"Zentner explores difficult themes head on - including the desire to escape the sins of the father and the fragility of happiness - while tempering them with the saving grace of enduring friendship." (Publishers Weekly)

"Zentner combines the melancholy of being 17 with the melancholy present in the best of Southern fiction and gives us a novel that will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower." (BookRiot)

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    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 03-31-16
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2016

    Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.

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    I never expected a book to hit me this hard. I felt so close to the characters and cried with them. Excellent is doesn't even begin to tell you what I thought about this book.

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    aaron robinson 04-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Southern Honesty"

    This is the story about three young people who find a family in each other, at one of the most pivotal times of life. It is also a story about believing that we are all born with a gift. We can either chose to bravely accept it, or fearfully ignore it. It is a story about respecting the life that was given to you, and not being afraid to live it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cristine Wellsville, UT, United States 07-31-16
    Cristine Wellsville, UT, United States 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Spectacular!"

    This book is in the top three of all fiction I have listened too. The characters are real and personal, the story line is sensitive and deep, the overall experience is light and enjoyable. I was drawn back like a decadent dessert for bite after bite.

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    "A modern, perfect coming of age story"

    Zentner perfectly encapsulates the experience of growing up in the South and wanting to escape small town life for something greater. His characters are realistically rendered and heart-wrenchingly relatable. Recommended for the misfit in all of us!

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    Ruth Bain 06-03-16
    Ruth Bain 06-03-16

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    "Good for YA audience"

    Good story with (3) interesting and sympathetic main characters. The narrators were good.
    I appreciated that the story doesn't have a HEA ( happily ever after) ending.

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    Kate Manila, Philippines 05-28-16
    Kate Manila, Philippines 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    Damn this book. Taught me a thing or two about simplicity in narrative. So good.

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    Thomas L. Wallace TN 11-05-16

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    "Poignant. Haunting. Beautiful."

    This is a most beautiful novel. Definitely a must-read. Zentner most obviously has a passion for writing.

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