If You Want Me to Stay

CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: CV036
Released: Apr 28, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419372360
Narrator/s: T. Ryder Smith
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Joel Junior's daddy has gone off again. And since his momma and big sister got fed up and left, he's in charge of little brothers Carter and Tank. But Daddy's got Carter, and Joel and Tank need to get away. So with no one to guide him but the soul singers in his head, Joel sets off with Tank to learn the truth about love. This work by PEN/Hemingway Award winner Michael Parker is at once funny, touching, and utterly heartbreaking.

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Author(s): Michael Parker
Narrator(s): T. Ryder Smith
Product Number Z01052
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449894993
Author(s): Michael Parker
Product Number EB00009113
Released: Sep 16, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: #9781616202187

Professional reviews

"An audiobook primarily set in a truck--what could be more perfect? Perhaps nothing, save the stellar narration that puts the listener right in the pickup with two brothers traveling the North Carolina coast with only soul music to guide them. T. Ryder Smith conjures a clear image of 14-year-old Joel, who must try to save his family from his father's madness. Smith's genuine accent serves both female and male characters well and expresses Joel's anger and fear convincingly. Although Smith doesn't sing the soul classics interspersed throughout the novel, his reading paints a vivid picture of a family that draws wisdom from Motown lyrics. Oh yes, please stay. J.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"

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