November Road by Lou Berney audiobook

November Road: A Novel

By Lou Berney
Read by Johnathan McClain

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062663849
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"When people say they want to read a really good novel, the kind you just can't put down, this is the kind of book they mean. Exceptional." —STEPHEN KING NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • Washington Post • AARP • Newsweek • Dallas Morning News • South Florida Sun-Sentinel • Chicago Public Library • Real Book Spy • CrimeReads • Litreactor • Library Journal • LitHub • Booklist Winner of the Hammett Prize, the Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award for Best Mystery Novel, and the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction Novel! Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone. Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out. A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects he’s next: he was in Dallas on an errand for the boss less than two weeks before the president was shot. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate—a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish. Guidry knows that the first rule of running is "don’t stop," but when he sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car, two little daughters and a dog in the back seat, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail. Posing as an insurance man, Guidry offers to help Charlotte reach her destination, California. If she accompanies him to Vegas, he can help her get a new car. For her, it’s more than a car— it’s an escape. She’s on the run too, from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband who’s a hopeless drunk. It’s an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west, a dream, a hope—and find each other on the way. Charlotte sees that he’s strong and kind; Guidry discovers that she’s smart and funny. He learns that’s she determined to give herself and her kids a new life; she can’t know that he’s desperate to leave his old one behind. Another rule—fugitives shouldn’t fall in love, especially with each other. A road isn’t just a road, it’s a trail, and Guidry’s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time. Everyone’s expendable, or they should be, but now Guidry just can’t throw away the woman he’s come to love. And it might get them both killed. This audiobook includes an episode of the Book Club Girl Podcast, featuring an interview with Lou Berney about November Road.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Mystery Novel

Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction Novel

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mysteries/Thrillers

Finalist for the Strand Critics Award for Best Mystery Novel

A Newsweek Best Book of 2018

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Pick of Best Books of the Year

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection

A SIBA Okra Pick of the Year

A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

An October 2018 LibraryReads Pick

"When people say they want to read a really good novel, the kind you just can't put down, this is the kind of book they mean. Exceptional." —STEPHEN KING

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • Washington Post • AARP • Newsweek • Dallas Morning News • South Florida Sun-Sentinel • Chicago Public Library • Real Book Spy • CrimeReads • Litreactor • Library Journal • LitHub • Booklist

Winner of the Hammett Prize, the Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award for Best Mystery Novel, and the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction Novel!

Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.

Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out.

A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects he’s next: he was in Dallas on an errand for the boss less than two weeks before the president was shot. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate—a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.

Guidry knows that the first rule of running is "don’t stop," but when he sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car, two little daughters and a dog in the back seat, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail. Posing as an insurance man, Guidry offers to help Charlotte reach her destination, California. If she accompanies him to Vegas, he can help her get a new car.

For her, it’s more than a car— it’s an escape. She’s on the run too, from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband who’s a hopeless drunk.

It’s an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west, a dream, a hope—and find each other on the way.

Charlotte sees that he’s strong and kind; Guidry discovers that she’s smart and funny. He learns that’s she determined to give herself and her kids a new life; she can’t know that he’s desperate to leave his old one behind.

Another rule—fugitives shouldn’t fall in love, especially with each other. A road isn’t just a road, it’s a trail, and Guidry’s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.

Everyone’s expendable, or they should be, but now Guidry just can’t throw away the woman he’s come to love.

And it might get them both killed.

This audiobook includes an episode of the Book Club Girl Podcast, featuring an interview with Lou Berney about November Road.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“You will recommend it to friends. You will read it again…This is a staggeringly brilliant book.” Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author
“Berney’s emotional, empathic writing keeps the dynamic between these two lost souls intriguing, and it resonates on a larger scale, placed as it is against such a vivid backdrop…and there’s no complaint from this reader on his keeping the pages turning.” Entertainment Weekly
“Superb character development, humor, and gritty fun.” Austin Chronicle
“Conceived in ingenuity, executed with vision, and steeped in carnage, November Road…Examines hope lost, hope found—and the upshots, expected or otherwise, of love.” Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
“Pitch-perfect fiction.” Booklist (starred review)
“Wistful and complex, Berney’s confident portrait of a roadside America traumatized by Kennedy’s death gives the novel literary heft.” Library Journal (starred review)
“As the title suggests, there is an autumnal, melancholic sense of loss at the heart of the novel, yet still, the loss is not destructive or debilitating. It is the kind of loss that gives way to a new world order. Perfectly captures these few weeks at the end of 1963—all that was lost and all that lay tantalizingly and inevitably just beyond the horizon.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Johnathan McClain’s deep register makes this historical thriller into a compelling audio experience…Guidry’s growing affection for the family and his changing attitudes are deftly reflected in the narration. McClain transitions seamlessly from the energy and innocence of the girls to the chilling underworld figures of New Orleans and Las Vegas.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Lou Berney

Author Bio: Lou Berney

Lou Berney is the author of two previous novels—Whiplash River, nominated for the Edgar Award; Gutshot Straight, a Barry Award nominee, and the collection The Road to Bobby Joe, and Other Stories. He is also a television and film screenwriter whose latest credit is Angels Sing, which debuted at SXSW, and stars Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, and Willie Nelson. His short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, among other publications. He teaches writing at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, and lives in Oklahoma City.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 9.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English