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All Over But the Shoutin' Audiobook

All Over But the Shoutin'

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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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    Janet H. Maddox 09-03-13
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "ABRIDGED"
    Any additional comments?

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SandKat 02-20-16
    SandKat 02-20-16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Pontotoc, Montserrat 01-20-15
    Connie Pontotoc, Montserrat 01-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Rick Bragg is the voice of the Modern South..."

    All Over But the Shoutin' is the beautiful, true story of the love a boy has for his momma and for his people, of their struggle and triumphs, told with genuine, heartfelt emotion. An all-time favorite.

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    Margaret 06-08-12
    Margaret 06-08-12
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    "Don't start this unles you have time to finish it!"
    Would you listen to All Over But the Shoutin' again? Why?

    Absolutely! Perfectly written and read by the author in his embraceable southern accent. I read this book a few years ago and as it is a favorite I was so happy to find it on audible. Rick Bragg reading it lent another delightful element to the beautiful story.


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

    Any top drawer southern writer.


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

    Rick Bragg brings a warmth and sincerity through his reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Be prepared to laugh and cry...but mostly laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this brilliant work! Oh, and read it too!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 07-06-17
    Julie 07-06-17 Member Since 2017

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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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    Tonya Bannister 04-25-17
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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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    Andrew D. Martin Nashville, TN 04-24-17
    Andrew D. Martin Nashville, TN 04-24-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Lynzi A. 04-10-17
    Lynzi A. 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    primefan 04-09-17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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