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Summary

A Netflix feature film starring Tom Holland and Bill Skarsgård. 

Willard is a tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from a slow death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his 'prayer log'. 

Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, trawl America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. 

The spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick are running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

A dark and riveting vision of America from the award-winning author of Knockemstiff.

©2011 Donald Ray Pollock (P)2011 Random House

Critic reviews

"Donald Ray Pollock redefines the term 'American Gothic' in his debut novel, taking Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner and turning them up to 11.... The Devil All the Time is a very dark slice of Americana." (The Herald)

"An extraordinarily brutal yet tender insight into the lives of his characters. Superb." (The Times)

"Like being dragged backwards through a briar patch by William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor while Nick Cave howls hosannahs at a blood-black moon... Spider-gobbling revivalists, kick-back sheriffs, sideshow freaks, perfidious preachers - all are present and most incorrect....You can taste the metal in the water and the tang of decay in the fetid air." (Time Out)

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All roads lead to a sad depressing ending.

Seen through the lives of various people from the rural farmlands of Ohio, the devil is partly the quagmire of their circumstances and partly just the depravity of the human soul. The narrator does a great job with the rural mid western accent, giving each character a personality, pulling the listener into each of the stories. Made me want to read the book once again. Definitely not for the soft of hearts that believe in good things happening to good people!!!

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If the Coen Brothers did an episode of The Waltons

What a story. Great characters. This is a dark book. Probably the best narrator I have listened to. He really makes the characters come to life. Highly recommended.

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Rich, dark, gripping

The narration made this book. Mark Bramhall's deep southern drawl was mesmeric and elevated this book to something very special indeed. I thought the characters were captivating, people from another life, another place, another dimension, people who inhabit my darkest dreams. If Nick Cave and the Coen Brothers got together, this book would be their lovechild.

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Loved it

Absolutely marvelous. Great narration and what a story! Worth every minute of your time. Can't recommend enough

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Stunning book

Loved it, brilliant story performed excellently. There is a lot more in here than in the netflix film 5 stars from me

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excellence all the way

1st review. Just finished this one 3 past midnight. Plan to listen to Naked Lunch by this voice actor next. He is also superb (like the author) and made me look for other ones by him. Book is not a happy one but damn it is good. Just visited different time and different country. What a trip!

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like criminal minds episode

keeps you guessing, some pretty interesting crimes that are disturbing! like watching criminal minds in book form though!

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Outstanding

The book is absolutely gripping. Fantastic storyline, characters and descriptions. I was sat listening with my hands on my head and my mouth open in shock at some points. Although the plot has many twists and turns, it is delivered in an effortlessly seamless way. The narrator is so talented at voicing this book. I would describe it as a ‘performance’ rather than ‘reading.’ Each character is captured wonderfully in their own personal way. I really enjoyed it.