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All the King's Men Audiobook

All the King's Men

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Publisher's Summary

Robert Penn Warren, America's first Poet Laureate, penned one of the most widely read works in American literature with the Pulitzer Prize-winning All the King's Men. An unrivaled novel of American politics, Warren's masterpiece is a classic tale every bit as relevant today as it was upon its release more than 50 years ago.

The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man, Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

©1946 Robert Penn Warren; renewed 1974 Robert Penn Warren; (P)2005 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2007

"The definitive novel about American politics." (The New York Times)
"Mr. Warren has employed vivid characterization and strong language combined with subtle overtones to write a vital, compelling narrative." (Booklist)
"Michael Emerson's performance brings the characters to life with verve and personality....Through a mix of understatement and intensity, Emerson clearly conveys the political turmoil underlying the book; his performance perfectly complements the story, which is as timely as it was 60 years ago....Emerson's reading does justice to a great work." (AudioFile)

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    Jonathan Cannon 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    This has been my third reading of ATKM. At first I found the voice jarring, and the Southern accents almost comical. But I came to deeply appreciate his many voices, which fit the simple but emotionally rich dialogue beautifully. This book is my favorite book, and this performance does it justice.

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    doctordoctor 02-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing compares with it."

    Penn Warren was first a poet; his prose is poetic--and truly incomparable. The humanity in this tale of powerful men seen through the eyes of a good man and good women tugs strongly at goodness in the soul of the reader.

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    Beth Elkins Park, PA, United States 01-28-16
    Beth Elkins Park, PA, United States 01-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely amazing!"

    This book has everything : plot, character development and absolutely magical language. Try it at 1.5 speed; it will wash over you. So moving and powerful!

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    gkrabbe 01-19-16
    gkrabbe 01-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "worth reading if you have lots of time"

    well written. evocative imagery. I despised the main characters for the first quarter of the book. dirty southern politics... just when I thought of giving up, the segue into the story of Cass began to interest me. as the story continued, there were surprises and interesting twists. definitely some tragic moments, made more tragic by the complexity of the characters. i couldn't quite hate any of the characters, but i couldn't really love any of them either. life like, i suppose. emotionally probing. nuanced. full of aching emptiness. you can tell this was written by a poet. the only reason I continued to read (listen) was because this was recommended by a good friend and because the author is a poet. in the end I was glad I read it. and glad to be done. the narrator did well with differentiating the many character voices. perhaps a bit too falsetto with the women. some of the language was so harsh I wished I was reading it so I could skim over. hard to hear some parts out loud. but that's no fault of the narrator

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    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 12-04-15
    Savage Doc Dallas, TX 12-04-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Deserves every accolade."

    Good lord, could that man write! I can't remember ever read such lyrical prose. Absolutely beautiful. And the reading was excellent. Spot on!

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    Kaos 10-10-15
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    "Fantastic"

    A masterpiece. Incredible character development. Terrific performance by the narrator. Colorful, warm, funny, sad, exciting.

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    Ruth MD 08-15-15
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    "A grand story and remarkable philosophy"

    Remarkable work of poetry in prose and yet classic noir. Starts slow as the south and is just as compelling

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    Martinez CA MD Martinez CA 07-29-15
    Martinez CA MD Martinez CA 07-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Strange Tale"

    Meandering tale of people & politics in 1930s southern U.S. 2 stories really: one of the narrator & another of a populist governor said to be based on Huey Long. (I didn't research him.) In the end seemed nihilistic & pessimistic. Interesting characters, though. Some stereotyped. Others multifaceted. Not gripping. Takes a while to get into.

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    Motorjaw California 07-23-15
    Motorjaw California 07-23-15 Member Since 2011

    Love every genre - read a book every 2 weeks or so- I mix between business books, classics, modern fiction, and biographies

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    "A new favorite"

    I'm amazed when I read a book that's 4 generation old and the language and issues feel like they could have been written today.

    This book was different than any book I have read in that I had to really struggle to like the main characters. I love books that show the good and bad in characters and still have you rooting for them to choose good.

    The author deserves every award he received. Snot only were there great characters and a great plot, but his style and tone were fantastic. I'm not a fan of the overuse of metaphors and words for the sake of words. The author was never ambiguous, and just when you though he was going too far, he knew when to cut it off and move on.

    The narrators slight accent and fantastic timing made the story even better.

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    Jessica Stokes Cambridge, MA United States 06-15-15
    Jessica Stokes Cambridge, MA United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A captivating performance of my all-time favorite novel"

    I have loved this novel since I first read it in high school. No book more purely captures human nature and each person's quest for meaning. The narrator Jack Burton takes the reader on a dispassionate tour of the heights and depths of his human passions, from Machiavellian politics to periods of depression to lifelong friendships to falling in love. The audio version provides an added dimension of serenity to the reader's experience with the novel. Though this recording is many hours long, I will listen more than once.

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