Frank Bascombe
Books in series4
UNABRIDGED
(3.7 based on 489 ratings)
  • 1
    The Sportswriter: Frank Bascombe, Book 1 | Richard Ford

    The Sportswriter: Frank Bascombe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.

    wonderful

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. For one, the narration is perfect. My only exposure to Richard Ford was short stories. I liked th..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 22 2008 by chris (las vegas, NV, United States)
  • 2
    Independence Day: Frank Bascombe, Book 2 | Richard Ford

    Independence Day: Frank Bascombe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son.

    Great Book - Great Narrator

    Another great book from Richard Ford. Every one in the Frank Bascombe series is excellent. I don't understand how every review is not 4-5 stars. If ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 07 2009 by Burton Verner (Nashville, TN United States)
  • 3
    The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3 | Richard Ford

    The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    Richard Ford, get out of my mind!

    Richard Ford has written one of those books that make you believe he has been reading your mind for years. If you are a middle-aged suburban man, Fran..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 04 2006 by Daniel (Cleveland, TN, USA)
  • 4
    Let Me Be Frank with You: A Frank Bascombe Book | Richard Ford

    Let Me Be Frank with You: A Frank Bascombe Book

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    In Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford returns with four deftly linked stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe. Now 68, and again ensconced in the well-defended New Jersey suburb of Haddam, Bascombe has thrived - seemingly if not utterly - in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of American subjects: aging, race, loss, faith, marriage, redemption, the real-estate crash - the tumult of the world we live in.

    Laconic but oh so serious

    The actor's intonation helps contextualise the human being represented. Very useful for a non American.

    Reviewed on November 20 2014 by Mrs (Australia)