• by Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by Richard Poe
  • 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.


What the Critics Say

Suttree contains a humor that is Faulknerian … and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor.” ( Times Literary Supplement, London)


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Customer Reviews

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An evocative tale of the depression and the life of Sutree, who we meet living on a houseboat on the river eeking out a living catching fish and selling what he catches to stay alive. Rich in description of the time and place Cormac Macarthy does what he does best yet again with his gift for bring to life times past and the all kinds of characters who are beliveable and recognizable. A story with pathos and poinient, raw and often uncomfortable in the power of his descriptive narative.

He is undoubtedly a master story teller, this story will move the listener and be prepared to be deeply touched by its rawness.

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- Patricia

Wow - this really is something

What made the experience of listening to Suttree the most enjoyable?

I've tried reading this a couple of times and it's too much to take in off the page, the words come like a flood and are very small print! The audiobook made it much more digestible, and Poe is a terrific narrator. There are so many great characters in this book, so many great scenes, such vivid language and description, and the dialogue is (as you'd expect from McCarthy) full of warmth, humour, truth and brutality.

What other book might you compare Suttree to, and why?

I've never encountered anything-else like it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could find a spare 20 hours then yes :)

Any additional comments?

One I'll definitely listen to again.

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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books