A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Devil's Dream is an animated, lyrical novel that is meant to be savored as spoken word. Consummate storyteller Lee Smith's creation will delight anyone who enjoys the sound of language and a good story. Preacher's son Moses Bailey believed that the fiddle was the voice of the Devil and denied his wife the pleasure of the music she dearly loved. She fiddled for her three children behind her husband's back. Thus begins a magnificent 150-year saga of a musical Southern family featuring barn dances, medicine shows, the Grand Ole Opry, and the evolution of country music from hymns to rockabilly. Generations of authentic, down-home mountain people spring to life, colorful dialects and all, through the magic of several extraordinary narrators. Each chapter, a story in itself, will move listeners with its passion, emotion, warmth, and intimacy.
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by Lee Smith
by Joanna Smith Rakoff
by James Lee Burke
"Some novels seem written with an authorial eye on Hollywood. Others, like this one, seem made for audio. Lee Smith's charming novel recounts the adventures and misadventures of one Appalachian family over six generations. Some of the kin are hellfire preachers, some besotted drunks; some strong, some weak; some abused, some abusers. But all of them are connected in significant ways to country music, first for pleasure, then for profit. And all have compelling stories. To tell these stories, eight narrators provide what is truly an audio tour de force. These performers seem "country" themselves, handling rural dialects, mountain expressions, and, most impressively, Grand Ole Opry-type singing with consummate skill. Linda Stephens, the principal narrator, excels, but she has ample support, most memorably from Mark Hammer. A-plus for this fine novel and even finer recording, one you don't want to miss. T.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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