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Kings of the Earth

By: Jon Clinch
Narrated by: Andrea Gallo,Ken Marks,Alan Nebelthau,Rich Orlow,Richard Poe,Ed Sala,Henry Strozier,George K. Wilson,T. Rider Smith,Jon Clinch
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Publisher's Summary

Author of the award-winning novel Finn, Jon Clinch has drawn favorable comparisons to William Faulkner. With Kings of the Earth, he takes listeners to an upstate New York farm where the three Procter brothers live in stasis. When one dies in his sleep, the other two are soon suspected of murder.

©2010 Jon Cinch (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“To read a book by Jon Clinch is to enter an emotional mineshaft, a place where the darkness is profound and menacing yet lures you on with the promise of untold treasure.” (Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author)
"Inspired by the Ward brothers (of the 1992 documentary My Brother's Keeper), Clinch explores family dynamics in this quiet storm of a novel that will stun readers with its power." (Publishers Weekly)

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Insightful

Jon Clinch is a master. He, and all who helped adapt this book for an ensemble cast must be commended. The narrators (actors) brought memories of the excellent radio programs of my youth. Words brought to life. I would recommend that before you listen to Kings of the Earth, that you use a search engine to find the story of the Ward Brothers near Syracuse NY. These brothers were the inspiration for Kings of the Earth. Jon Clinch took a real life mystery and transformed it into a first class detective yarn. Congratulations Jon Clinch.

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Depressing

Clearly I'm no learned critic. I found this story of poverty and filth and death terribly depressing. There were few characters to like and no excellence to be achieved. Lots of plodding through a painful and dreary existence. Ugh. No light at the end of this tunnel.

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I don't think it's as good as Clinch's "Finn"

BUT it's not QUITE as dark,either.

So, if you like stories with intense character studies in the Faulknerian style,this story will appeal to you since Clinch allows each person -- whether living or dead - to speak for himself. That device makes the audio version especially effective because all the actors are ideally suited for the characters they portray. PS: be sure to Google "Ward Brothers Syracuse New York" before listening. The story is based on fact, and that background information is a great preface.