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The Devil All the Time

Donald Ray Pollock

From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff-called "powerful, remarkable, exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times-comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O'Connor at her most haunting. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There's Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his "prayer log." There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.

From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff-called "powerful, remarkable, exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times-comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O'Connor at her most haunting. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There's Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his "prayer log." There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.
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From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff-called "powerful, remarkable, exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times-comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O'Connor at her most haunting. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There's Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his "prayer log." There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall

Length:

9h 12m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:21


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

10:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:12


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:28