Bascombe Trilogy

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 824 ratings

The Sportswriter Publisher's Summary

Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his modern classic Independence Day.

In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.

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  • Book 1

    • The Sportswriter

    • Frank Bascombe, Book 1
    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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      4 out of 5 stars 190
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 193

    In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful

    • By chris on 03-22-08

    Regular price: $43.37

    • The Sportswriter

    • The Bascombe Trilogy
    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Frank Bascombe has a younger girlfriend and a job as a sportswriter. To many men of his age, 38, this would be a cause for optimism, yet Frank feels the pull of his inner despair and especially of his recent losses - his preferred career has ended, his wife has divorced him, and a tragic accident took his elder son. In the course of this Easter weekend, Frank will lose all the remnants of his familiar life, though he will emerge heroic, with spirits soaring.

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  • Book 2

    • Independence Day

    • Frank Bascombe, Book 2
    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 155

    Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book - Great Narrator

    • By Bv5678 on 01-07-09

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    • Independence Day

    • The Bascombe Trilogy
    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 22 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an 'Existence Period' - selling real estate in New Jersey and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of extraordinary perception.

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  • Book 3

    • The Lay of the Land

    • Frank Bascombe, Book 3
    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Richard Ford, get out of my mind!

    • By D. Vance on 11-04-06

    Regular price: $47.93

    • The Lay of the Land

    • The Bascombe Trilogy
    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is fall, 2000, and Frank Bascombe has arrived at a state of optimistic pragmatism that he calls the Permanent Period of life. Epic mistakes have already been made, dreams downsized, and Frank reflects that now at least there are fewer opportunities left in life to get things wrong. But the tranquillity he anticipated is not to be. In fact, as Thanksgiving dinner with his children and first wife nears, the Permanent Period proves as full of possibility as life had ever been.

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  • Book 4

    • Let Me Be Frank with You

    • A Frank Bascombe Book
    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    In Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford returns with four deftly linked stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe. Now 68, and again ensconced in the well-defended New Jersey suburb of Haddam, Bascombe has thrived - seemingly if not utterly - in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of American subjects: aging, race, loss, faith, marriage, redemption, the real-estate crash - the tumult of the world we live in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Loveable Curmudeon

    • By Tricia - Audible Editor on 06-10-15

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    • Let Me Be Frank with You

    • By: Richard Ford
    • Narrated by: William Hope
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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    Richard Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Frank Bascombe. Now 68, Frank resides again in the New Jersey suburb of Haddam and has thrived - seemingly but not utterly - amidst the devastations of Hurricane Sandy. The desolations of Sandy, which left countless lives unmoored, are the perfect backdrop for Ford - and Bascombe.

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