The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke audiobook

The Jealous Kind: A Novel

By James Lee Burke
Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio
11.79 Hours Unabridged
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New York Times bestselling author and “the reigning champ of nostalgia noir” (The New York Times Book Review) James Lee Burke returns with a powerful novel in the Holland Family series, an atmospheric coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms. On its surface, life in 1950s Houston is as you’d expect; stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath that surface lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Holland Broussard’s feet. The underlying class war between the haves and have nots is growing steadily, along with the menace of conflict overseas in Korea, providing a harrowing backdrop to his growth to manhood. But when Aaron spots the beautiful Valerie Epstein at a drive-in, he steps in when he sees her fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson. Aaron’s newfound confidence helps catch Valerie’s eye, and the two begin dating. Grady is a live wire though, and presents a looming problem for Aaron. You will recall the feelings and inspirational power of your first love, and empathize with Aaron’s extraordinary challenges to protect himself and the ones he loves in “this dark, atmospheric story” (Publishers Weekly). The Jealous Kind illustrates how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what traditional America means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.

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Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

New York Times bestselling author and “the reigning champ of nostalgia noir” (The New York Times Book Review) James Lee Burke returns with a powerful novel in the Holland Family series, an atmospheric coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms.

On its surface, life in 1950s Houston is as you’d expect; stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath that surface lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Holland Broussard’s feet. The underlying class war between the haves and have nots is growing steadily, along with the menace of conflict overseas in Korea, providing a harrowing backdrop to his growth to manhood. But when Aaron spots the beautiful Valerie Epstein at a drive-in, he steps in when he sees her fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson. Aaron’s newfound confidence helps catch Valerie’s eye, and the two begin dating. Grady is a live wire though, and presents a looming problem for Aaron.

You will recall the feelings and inspirational power of your first love, and empathize with Aaron’s extraordinary challenges to protect himself and the ones he loves in “this dark, atmospheric story” (Publishers Weekly). The Jealous Kind illustrates how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what traditional America means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This book, with its larger-than-life characters, is a grand adventure…its noirish reality tinged with a rosy glow, part of which comes from spilled blood.” Wall Street Journal
“A big, broad, engagingly overstuffed new novel…Burke knows how to keep a story humming along…and then there’s Burke’s sense of place, which is so richly interwoven with his sense of history.” New York Times Book Review
“Wealth and privilege clash with poverty and ignorance as young Aaron Broussard finds first love, confronts his foes, and saves a friend.” Sacramento Bee
“Burke has a hit with this dark, atmospheric story of teenagers trying to make it through high school without getting killed by Mafia hit men, low-life thugs, and greasers with oily ducktails and switchblade knives.” Publishers Weekly
“Burke’s exquisite story about a teenager caught up in a 1950s class war, narrated by Will Patton, grabs listeners from the get-go. His portrayal of the novel’s young narrator, Aaron Holland Broussard, is fully believable… Patton’s compassion resonates as the boy struggles to prevent his best friend from self-destructing. From Burke’s dialogue, Patton extracts not only the Houston setting but also its distinctive social groups and their complex network of relationships…Overall, this is a stellar production, not to be missed.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: James Lee Burke

Author Bio: James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 11.79
Audience: Adult
Language: English