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  • Give Us a Kiss

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Doyle Redmond, 35-year-old nowhere writer, has crossed the line between imagination and real live trouble. On the lam in his soon-to-be ex-wife's Volvo, he's running a family errand back in his boyhood home of West Table, Missouri - the heart of the red-dirt Ozarks. The law wants his big brother, Smoke, on a felony warrant, and Doyle's supposed to talk him into giving up. But Smoke is making other plans: he is about to harvest a profitable patch of homegrown marijuana.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the characters he creates.

  • By Chris on 04-17-17

I love the characters he creates.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-17

What made the experience of listening to Give Us a Kiss the most enjoyable?

I've loved Woodrell's books since they first came out in print and have enjoyed the audiobook versions even more to my surprise. For me they are the rare audiobooks that I have listened to more than once.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't choose just one. I like them so much because they each remind me of characters, good and bad, that I know or know of from my home county in the Ozarks.

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

He did a good enough job that I stopped noticing anything in particular about his voice and was absorbed in the story. I would hear the characters' voices as he read and not his. To me that's perfect.

If you could rename Give Us a Kiss, what would you call it?

Inheritance Hollers

Any additional comments?

I can't imagine anyone who gives Daniel Woodrell's books a listen being disappointed and I recommend them to everyone I can.

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  • Tomato Red

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell, Megan Abbott (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

In the Ozarks, what you are is where you are born. If you're born in Venus Holler, you're not much. For Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition, Venus Holler just won't cut it. Jamalee sees her brother, Jason, blessed with drop-dead gorgeous looks and the local object of female obsession, as her ticket out of town. But Jason may just be gay, and in the hills and hollows of the Ozarks, that is the most dangerous and courageous thing a man could be. Enter Sammy Barlach, a loser ex-con passing through a tired nowhere on the way to a fresher nowhere....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great addicting read.

  • By Catherine on 08-01-13

Scary accurate depiction of south east Missouri

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Where does Tomato Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top ten for sure and maybe top five.

What did you like best about this story?

The familiar language of the area where I live as well as the characters and geography. The first time I read Tomato Red I was delighted to see the words and phrases that I've heard and spoken my whole life for the first time in print. Having read hundreds of books throughout my life Daniel Woodrell is the first author I've read to speak the language of my people and I love it.

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

He did a very good job overall. Having a person from Southeast Missouri read the book would be the only way it could have been better maybe. I'm available for any future books based in SE MO if anyone is reading this.

Who was the most memorable character of Tomato Red and why?

For me it's Sammy, his familiarity to myself and others I know, sadly.

Any additional comments?

I can't get enough of Woodrell's books when he writes about the Ozarks in particular.

  • Woe to Live On

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell, Ron Rash (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, Woe to Live On explores the nature of lawlessness and violence, friendship and loyalty, through the eyes of young recruit Jake Roedel. Where he and his fellow First Kansas Irregulars go, no one is safe, no one can be neutral. Roedel grows up fast, experiencing a brutal parody of war without standards or mercy. But as friends fall and families flee, he questions his loyalties and becomes an outsider even to those who have become outlaws.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally original and true voice of Southern MO

  • By Chris on 12-06-13

Totally original and true voice of Southern MO

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-13

If you could sum up Woe to Live On in three words, what would they be?

Realistic, Gritty, Outstanding!

What other book might you compare Woe to Live On to and why?

Books by Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison and Cormac McCarthy. The characters and the language. Not so much the scenery or landscape discriptions.

Any additional comments?

Daniel Woodrell is the only writer I have ever read who accurately uses the language of southern Missouri. Having grown up and presently living in a very small town in southeast MO myself (Eminence, MO about 50 miles from where the author resides) I am thrilled to read books written in the language of my home. I highly recommend all of Daniel Woodrell's books to anyone who is interested in peering thru a window into the modernday or historic Ozark hillbilly world.

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  • The Twelve

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,833

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TWO IN THIS SERIES IS ENOUGH

  • By Randall on 06-15-18

I love this series so far!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this series to anyone with a pulse. Finally book 2 is here praise Allah!!

What other book might you compare The Twelve: A Novel to and why?

If you havn't read "The Passage" yet you HAVE TO get it as well as "The Twelve" NOOWW!

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brick is one of the best narrators around and he's the perfect voice for this series.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A film wouldn't be a long enough format to do this series justice. I would rather see it as a series or mini-series on hbo or showtime.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next book.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful