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Publisher's Summary

This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. It is the story of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking man with a murderous temper and the habit of running out on the people who needed him most.

But at the center of this soaring memoir is Bragg's mother, who went eighteen years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes and picked other people's cotton so that her children wouldn't have to live on welfare alone. Evoking these lives - and the country that shaped and nourished them - with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings hone the love and suffering that lie at the heart of every family.

The result is unforgettable.

©1998 Rick Bragg (P)2008 Random House Audio

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ABRIDGED

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It was my fault for not noticing but I was very disappointed to discover that this audio is an abridged version.

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Inaccurate to the book!

I am so pissed off to discover that the audio book is completely inaccurate to the book. He skips entire sentences in every paragraph. This is completely useless.

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WOW! What a pleasure.

If you are a listener looking for something good and perhaps a little different, spend your money on this one.

I downloaded this little book really not sure about it, not being much of a fan of memoirs. I am so glad I did. Rick Bragg in his own voice, his actual voice, the one that shines through all his writing. His voice is genuine (my father grew up in the same circumstances only 30 years earlier and not much had changed in the interim), he is firmly rooted in rural Alabama, but his story is universal, his experiences unique and yet eternal.

Thank you for sharing this story, Rick, and I feel I know you enough to call your first name. You have made me proud of a heritage I have, to my shame, sometimes disparaged or embroidered. You have had the courage to reveal yourself and given your readers and listeners a real treat.

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Beautiful words.....

Rick Bragg's writing is absolutely beautiful,and his narration of the book matches. I wish it wasn't abridged, as it takes so much from the original book, which I read many years ago. This book tells of his life growing up and the challenges his family was up against, with an alcoholic and mostly absent father.

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Too hard to follow with book

Was so excited to purchase the audiobook because I purchased the book .... completely disappointed when the author skipped entire sentences and paragraphs. Waste of money!!!

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Good story...poor production

I get authors reading their books...I prefer pros. I missed so much from his trailing off and reading too fast.

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This is not the right book!

What disappointed you about All Over But the Shoutin'?

This is not even the novel. It is 1/5 the length of the novel. I don't understand.

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A simple story with lots of company

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It's a single man's story so nothing to change.

Which character – as performed by Rick Bragg – was your favorite?

It is a monotone dialogue in first person; no performance.

Was All Over But the Shoutin' worth the listening time?

Yes. But only because it was short and didn't require much attention.

Any additional comments?

It seems as though this story is becoming common and told often: It has lots of company. Maybe it's because I recently read Hillbilly Elegy and listened to the Shit Town podcast, and live in southern Appalachia where the story is common, that I just found it to be another version of the same.

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Another Winner

Another winning novel by Rick Bragg. Makes me proud to be a southerner. Thank you.

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A powerful tribute of love!

What made the experience of listening to All Over But the Shoutin' the most enjoyable?

Bragg's voice slides through the speakers and draws you in. It is a story of incredible abuse, loss, prejudice, and injustice but also one of strength, family, and love.

What other book might you compare All Over But the Shoutin' to and why?

Perhaps similar to Lovely Bones or The Sweet Hereafter (Banks) in that they are able to take tragic events and deliver them to readers with great beauty.

Which character – as performed by Rick Bragg – was your favorite?

Rick Bragg

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The image that Bragg shares of his mother pulling him behind her while working the cotton fields. He recalled it as a sweet interaction but the reality was that she was doing hard labor and having to bring her toddler along. Perception.

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  • Ms. C_O'S
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Brilliant inspirational, sad,and true story

Loved it, started and finished listening til the end. Rick achieved and still very grounded.