The Punch

Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joe Henry was the glue that held his family together. Now, he is dead, and his wife and sons are coming together for one final journey to scatter his ashes. First, however, his loved ones have some things to work out. 

David, the older son, believes that any minute his life is going to fall apart and everyone he loves will leave him. His brother, Scott, can't shake the belief that at heart, people are inherently rotten. Doris, their mother, just doesn't believe in anything anymore.

Wickedly funny and biting, The Punch is an essential exploration of modern American grief, family violence, and redemption from the best-selling author of Before the Fall and creator of the Emmy award-winning series Fargo.

With a foreword by the author.

©2018 Noah Hawley (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Noah Hawley is one of our great young writers, able to balance breakneck plotting with real emotion, and with The Punch he has struck gold." (Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less)

"Noah Hawley really knows how to keep a reader turning the pages." (New York Times)

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Great story

Great story and Great Narration. Really enjoyed listening to this and I love the narrator. Great listen!

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The best listen ever....!

I was captivated by the voice, the story, the great writing and most of all the insights on life. This was a wonderful listening experience and made my week. I laugh aloud and also paused often with the way Noah Hawley nailed describing the conditions of life's moments. This is a book I will listen to again and I already look forward to it.

(The only negative was the schmaltzy music with the voice over at the very end - ''twas over the top)

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I can't stop thinking about this book!

Wonderful story peopled with relatable characters. Thought provoking. I loved this! Beautifully written and narrated. #quirkyfamilies#gritty#funny#Tagsgiving#Sweepstakes

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This audiobook is a really good one. Noah Hawley’s The Punch reminds me of this year’s Pulitzer winner, Less by Andrew Sean Greer. The writing is crisp and clever. The narrator is key here and helps this above average story reach its full potential in audio format. He was phenomenal. The Punch is about love and loss and mistakes and family and regret. I think almost anyone can relate to the story in some way.

Overall rating: 4.19 stars

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Good narrator

A book about a really messed up family. Not much plot, but a lot of philosophizing about a myriad of topics. A great narrator but not much else to recommend this IMHO.

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Standard Hawley

I've read other books by Noah Hawley, but I guess I had forgotten about his writing style. He puts together a good story, but always adds his rumination on life, time, etc, so that the plot sometimes takes a while to really come together. Again, it's a good book, but with a bit of superfluous information I sometimes could do without.

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Would love to see it on screen

I appreciated the philosophy interweaved throughout the story. So much so I would find my mind wandering instead of paying attention to the book. This book was adept at portraying the human-ness in all of us. The performance was superb.

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Moving Family Drama

I very much enjoyed this beautifully and honestly written book. An unscathing portrait of a dysfunctional but intensely connected family. It is written through the voices of different members of the family which gives the reader the opportunity to hear multiple sides of the story. An intense and emotional book! I loved the narrator, he has a rich and evocative voice.

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Interesting but not engaging

This was my second Noah Hawley book. It is an exploration of time and of family. While interesting, it never completely connected. Not a waste of time but not an easy listen.