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In his novel The Free, award-winning author Willy Vlautin captures the experiences of three memorable characters who are looking for meaning in distressing times. Vlautin addresses issues that transform ordinary people’s lives - the cost of healthcare, the lack of economic opportunity, and the devastating scars of war - and celebrates the resiliency of the human heart.

Here, Vlautin reads excerpts from The Free, discusses the inspiration for the book, and shares his own thoughts on its main characters. Accompanied by Vlautin's own music, this recording offers a behind-the-scenes look at this unforgettable novel.

©2014 Willy Vlautin (P)2014 Harper Audio

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I like the introductory song.

I like the introductory song. This freebie of the novel is a good one. Good advertising too.

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It's nice. It is free.

It's nice. It is free but it needs a lot more into it to be considered a real book or guidebook. This "beyond the book" version is not the real book, more like a free teaser or review. The music in between chapters is too long to listen to.

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It's free. Not the book.

It's free. Not the book. Lots of music. Less content. No wonder it is free. Get the whole book instead.... the LONGER one.

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Wow!

I was so captivated by the stories and narration that I lost track of time. This is my 3rd time listening to it, and i still find myself immersed.

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wow

Great narrating.This is one of the best books I have ever heard . Really amazing

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good listen, just ended abruptly

Had an abrupt ending. When I check it, it only has under 30 minutes on it. It was a good listen, just ended abruptly.

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Alright

This was alright, but the multiple storylines did get a bit confusing, and I really didn't like how it just ended. It felt rather abrupt. Other than that, it was an ambitious novel, and it could be quite an enjoyable read.

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A review of the book

This is NOT the book, this is only a review of the book, I didnt know I was getting only a 15 minute poor review of a book.
It lasts about 30 minutes but there is about 15 minutes of music intervals between chapters.

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good short story

Quick read. Nice and refreshing. Well written and performed. Easy to follow and good quality.

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good story line but did not complete the story. good start. would have liked more details relaying to the 'green" to be able to understand the premise.