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 »is book very much and I can say I don't know any other writer who writes like him. He slows down to lay out the history and his philosophy on every character and event. It's like watching someone crack a hardboiled egg and pull off a tiny shell fragment at a time.
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 »I'm not mistaken it won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN-Faulkner Award. Richard Poe's narration is excellent too.
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 »k Bascome is as real as the guy you see in the mirror every morning. We have the tendency to think our personal experience is unique, but a good author that so perfectly recreates your experience can let you see how universal life's story's are. I find it liberating and humorous to realize my situation is not as unique as I thought, hearing another man struggle with the same questions puts my fears and doubts in perspective.
This is Richard Ford's fourth book featuring Frank Bascombe, who was first introduced in his Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Sportswriter. The novel..Show More » is set in NJ during the days before Christmas 2012, after Hurricane Sandy and the re-election of Barack Obama. Frank is older now, slowing down and paring back. He is a man of a certain age and in this series of four novellas – each featuring someone from his past who shows up out of the blue – his thoughts turn to family, friendship, love, and politics. Frank's distinct voice shines through Ford's precise language, and despite his not-so-delicate outer disposition, we get an inside view of the mind of a man whose experience and wisdom speak to carrying on in the face of disaster, and to simply carrying on.