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The Devil All the Time Audiobook

The Devil All the Time

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff—called “powerful, remarkable, exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times—comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree.

In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting.

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.

©2011 Donald Ray Pollock (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"If Pollock’s powerful collection Knockemstiff was a punch to the jaw, his follow-up, a novel set in the violent soul-numbing towns of southern Ohio and West Virginia, feels closer to a mule’s kick, and how he draws these folks and their inevitably hopeless lives without pity is what the kick’s all about." (Publishers Weekly)

"The God-fearing hard-luck characters who populate Donald Ray Pollock’s debut novel, The Devil All the Time, move through the southern outlands of Ohio and the isolated hollows of West Virginia like figures in a collective nightmare of poverty, addiction, superstition, and crime" (Lisa Shea, ELLE magazine)

“This novel fulfills the promise made by Pollock’s debut collection, Knockemstiff. He is a real writer, and The Devil All The Time hits you like a telegram from Hell slid under your door at three o’clock in the morning.” (William Gay, author of Provinces of Night and The Long Home)

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    "amazing, disturbing, vivid and unforgettable"

    A dark and vivid story narrated with a hypnotizing candor. you can almost feel the humidity and smell the blood.

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    neil stiles 11-26-16
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    "fantastic listen!"

    decided to check this one out after listening to the heavenly table. both gritty attention holding books!

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    Sarah Meleski Seabrook, TX 10-17-16
    Sarah Meleski Seabrook, TX 10-17-16
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    "Good but dark"

    The writing was very good, very intense. You could really picture what was going on (which made it difficult to listen to at times). It explores some very dark themes and situations so it is not for those who get offended easily or the faint-hearted. The narrator's voice gave you a sense of foreboding the entire time which is appropriate for the setting.

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    robert baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-13-16
    robert baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Donald Ray Pollock is now one my favorite authors..."

    "The Devil All the Time" and "The Heavenly Table" are as good as any two books I have ever listened to and the readers of both books were exceptional. Mark Bramhall has always been one of my favorites.

    Some one suggested Pollock is a cross between Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy. I could not agree more.

    I look forward to his future books.

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    Jonathan 09-25-16
    Jonathan 09-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    this book is very entertaining, look forward to some more books from the same author

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    Gigeote 07-28-16
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    "This is a beautiful, dark, twisted, human book!"

    The coalescing paths of admirable, detestable and ambiguous characters is totally engaging! It does offer some pretty dark glimpses into human nature, our relationship with God, and the perversion of religion so it's not for everyone. It offers Interesting perspectives and an entertaining story!

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    S. Conway NY NY 10-11-15
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    "A well told, but disturbing tale about family, photos, church, and state."

    This novel —which follows Donald Ray Pollock's jaw-dropping "Knockemstiff" —delivers a view of human existence that is disturbing, but truly lurking just below the surface of many human lives.

    Brilliantly narrated by Mark Bramhall, I found myself having to take a break from the crushing existential desperation of Pollack's characters; but was glad that I returned to finish the remaining chapters.

    There is a certain type of truth that Pollack paints, and it is dark. Some readers may not be able to see past the actions of Pollack's characters, and may miss the deeper layered messages and meanings he delivers with this first full length novel.

    After listening to the audio book, I am also going to grab a print copy. In the meantime, I look forward to his next work.

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    Meghan 05-09-15
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    "Great story!"

    I found this as a recommended book for Stephen King lovers. This has been the best so far among the list. Not too complicated, good visuals, interesting and exciting throughout. As a lover of dark, suspenseful, and unique stories, I got everything I wanted.

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    Diane LANGLEY, WA, United States 08-29-12
    Diane LANGLEY, WA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Sure I Can Finish It."
    If you could sum up The Devil All the Time in three words, what would they be?

    Disturbing.


    What other book might you compare The Devil All the Time to and why?

    Cormac McCarthy's books...........darker, but every bit as well written.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not; he's an excellent narrator.


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

    All of it........


    Any additional comments?

    Deeply disturbing to the point I've considered not finishing it. One wonders how anyone can imagine the things Donald Ray Pollock describes. His writing is almost too good. I wonder if he's written anything less unsettling.

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    Stacey Dunsmuir, CA, United States 03-18-12
    Stacey Dunsmuir, CA, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It could be called "The Devil Everywhere"!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil All the Time to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but the reading of this book was artful. The narrator's voice, combined with Pollock's storytelling, made everything in the story's world frighteningly real. I also enjoyed his performance of Arvin. Arvin seems to find the devil at every turn in this story. In his family, in the woods, in the law, on the road.


    What other book might you compare The Devil All the Time to and why?

    The closest I can come to this would be Flannery O'Connor's


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    I loved to hate Carl! Bramhall's performance of this character made him so believable to me.


    If you could take any character from The Devil All the Time out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Roy and Theodore would probably appreciate the free meal, and would, no doubt, provide an entertaining evening in exchange! I'd also like to meet Charlotte, and ask her more about herself. She was a bit of a mystery in the whole scheme of things.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard about this book when Pollock was interviewed on NPR. I had never even heard of him before. I knew then that I had to have it. I was not sorry. Pollock is clearly disturbed in a way that allows him to see the darkness in the hearts of men, and the occasional good.

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