• Bastard Out of Carolina

  • By: Dorothy Allison
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-11-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (14 ratings)


A modern literary classic, now available in a 20th anniversary edition with a new afterword by the author.
The publication of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina was a landmark event. The novel's profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural South won the author a National Book Award nomination and launched her into the literary spotlight. Critics have likened Allison to William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Harper Lee, naming her the first writer of her generation to dramatize the lives and language of poor whites in the South. Since its appearance, the novel has inspired an award-winning film and has been banned from libraries and classrooms, championed by fans, and defended by critics.
Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family - a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather, Daddy Glen, "cold as death, mean as a snake", becomes increasingly more vicious toward her, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother, Anney - and leads to a final, harrowing encounter from which there can be no turning back.
©1992 Dorothy Allison (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alena on 06-09-13

This is a great book

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This book did all the things book should do. It told me about group of people I knew nothing about, it made me feel compassion and anger. I could not stop listening. The narrator is wonderful.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By tristan on 19-02-18

Devastating and Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a book I would only recommended to people closest to me - it is such a private story and evokes such an emotional reaction, it is probably quite a 'heavy' book to recommend to anyone

What does Elizabeth Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have read this book many times - the southern drawl of the narrator brings the story to life and adds great texture and atmosphere

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughter, tears/hatred and empathy

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5 out of 5 stars
By DL on 01-12-12

Brutal, Heartbreaking & Believable

I read this book without knowing much about the story. The narrator was amazing. While it was only one narrator, it felt like more. I rank this performance alongside The Help & Matterhorn. Fantastic. It made the story. I don't think I would have been as enthralled with this story if I were reading it. The afterword with this 20th anniversary edition made me feel like there was closure. The last 10 minutes or so were added to the book with the author's thoughts on her book being banned. I would love to be able to write as concisely and eloquently as she did, but I won't even try.

This book is violent. It has candid references to sex and sexual slang. The characters have flaws. This is a fantastically crafted story that will make you uncomfortable...but the discomfort will make you hurt that much more for the main character.

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26 of 26 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Carolyn on 31-12-12

Not for the Faint of Heart

Where does Bastard Out of Carolina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well written book but I could not finish. The first time I heard a child's sexual molestation by a step parent graphically described I had to quit the book. That is just me, and has nothing to do with the quality of writing.or, narration. I am certain it happens all the time but I tend to be an ostrich and do not need to hear it. The incident was part of the story and not written in for shock value.

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Before you buy, be aware this is at least a part of the story and if squeamish, do not purchase.

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