The Jealous Kind

CD - unabridged
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Product Number: DD25429
Released: Aug 30, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508211686
Narrator/s: Will Patton
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From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke-an atmospheric, powerful, coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms. On its surface, life in Houston in the 1950s is as you'd expect: stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Broussard's feet. There's a class war between the "haves" and the "have-nots" as well as a real war, Korea, happening on the other side of the world. It is against this backdrop that Aaron comes of age, trying to understand 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. When Aaron spots the beautiful Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a drive-in, he steps in. Aaron and Valerie begin dating, but Grady presents a looming problem-as does Grady's father, who has troubling criminal connections. In the middle of it all is Aaron, who seemingly takes care of one threat, only to see multiple ones manifest in its stead. In The Jealous Kind, "modern master" (Publishers Weekly) James Lee Burke creates a singular, bittersweet experience that mirrors a larger world on the precipice of great change. As Aaron undergoes his harrowing evolution from boy to man, we can't help but recall the inspirational power of first love and how far we would go to protect the world we know.

Author(s): James Lee Burke
Series: Holland Family
Awards:New York Times Bestseller


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The Jealous Kind
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Product Number:DD25429
Product Number:Z100136013

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Author(s): James Lee Burke
Narrator(s): Will Patton
Product Number Z100136013
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508211693
Author(s): James Lee Burke
Product Number EB00635143
Released: Aug 30, 2016
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781501107481

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"James Lee 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, particularly as Patton drops listeners right onto the back of Original Sin, a notorious bull that Broussard rides in the rodeo. On a deeper level, 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. At times, Patton uses a breathy effect that, while dramatic, contradicts Broussard's character and jolts the listener out of the plot. But, overall, this is a stellar production, not to be missed. J.F. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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