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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Audiogo; Unabridged edition (14 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609984889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609984885
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.7 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thick with the kind of blood-soaked descriptions that would do Cormac McCarthy proud' -- Wall Street Journal

'There is blood. There is whiskey. There is the scent of gunpowder and gasoline hanging above the space through which the Bondurants pass, unrepentant, robed in their own greed. It's a dark, flinty reimagination of what a memoir - and your grandfather's stories - can be' -- Esquire

'Engrossing' --Entertainment Weekly

Thick with the kind of blood-soaked descriptions that would do Cormac McCarthy proud. --Wall Street Journal

Thick with the kind of blood-soaked descriptions that would do Cormac McCarthy proud. --Wall Street Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World (Scribner 2008) was a New York Times Editor's Pick, and San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year. A former John Gardner Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf, Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State, and Walter E. Dakin Fellow at Sewanee, Matt's short fiction has been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, and Glimmer Train, and he has recently held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. He currently lives in Texas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam Holder on 5 Oct. 2012
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Better than the film in every way and that's really saying something!
This book is gritty, honest, brutal, and thrilling.
Me free time became a thing of the past from the second I opened the book as I was transported back to the prohibition era and the daring true escapades of the bootleggers!
A fantastic book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Bancroft on 26 Jan. 2013
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I read this book off the back of the film, like most reviewers seem to have done on here, and the fact that I have seen the film means I was aware of the plot line. With regards to this, I was not concerned or bothered by the chronology of events within the book not being in order. However, if I was reading the book without prior plot knowledge I think that the chronological order of the book would reveal too much and spoil the ending.

Saying that the novel is a definate must. The language used in the novel sets the scene exceptionally well, and you really get a sense of the bleak, stark lives the people of this time must have lead.

The novel is well paced and has enough action to keep you reading on. The characters are well written and engaging, alhough a times I feel the law enforcement officer seem a little sketchy and we don't really get much of an understanding of their mindsets and motivations.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Presland on 10 Nov. 2012
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I admit, I bought this book after seeing the movie and loving it. I understand that some other reviewers found difficulty with the timeline and narration of the book and I feel that having seen the film first, it was easier for me to fall into the story and the switching between the years. The characters are so well formed that you can picture them so clearly in your mind, as well as the rural town where they reside. Each of the colourful characters where likable or despisable, every one of them so expertly described that Bondurant really takes you back through time to a place that probably one still exsists in some small parts of America. If you choose to, you should read the book as it is, a story built on hearsay and legend that is colourful, heartfelt, violent and simply fascinating. I loved this book and I hope others will too, despite Bondurant's slighty odd storytelling it is unlike any other description of those involved in the bootleg liquor trade.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By craig on 8 April 2013
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well written very easy to read and understand, very enjoyable a lot better than the film even though i did enjoy the film. wished i had read the book first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By michael francis on 7 April 2013
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film was good but the book was brilliant.I wish i would of read the book before seeing the film it put pictures in my mind of the charicters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By euan on 25 Mar. 2013
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I saw the film on an airplane and immediately bought the book on Kindle.

2 months later I got around to reading it and knocked it off in 3 days. Needless to say, it is a page turner.

It is not exactly like the film. Much more depth
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gbyummy on 13 Feb. 2013
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Fantastic copy of the book and the film is well worth a watch too and I feel one of the best books I've seen recently read. Rapid delivery and the price was reasonable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L Thompson on 8 Oct. 2012
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After watching the movie I thought i'd give the book a try. Saying that, it's not as easy to follow - it leaps back and forwards from the 1930's and 1920's in varying chapters so you have to remember what happened when. The characters are good and it realy does give an insight into the country bootleggers of the time period, but you need to follow the plot. If you want to do it the easy way just watch the film, but the book is good, and obviously Hollywood always miss out parts and Characters, and are "creative" with other bits - if you want the accurate account this is it.
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