Double Down

  • by Frederick Barthelme, Steven Barthelme
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Double Down is a true story, a terrifying roller-coaster ride deep into the heart of two men and into the world of floating Gulf Coast casinos. When both of their parents died within a short time of each other, the writers Frederick and Steven Barthelme, both professors of English in Mississippi, inherited a goodly sum of money. What followed was a binge during which they gambled away their entire fortune - and more. And then, in a cruel twist of fate, they were charged with cheating at the tables.
Told with a mixture of sadness and wry humor, and with a compelling look at the physical aura of gambling - the feel of the cards, the smell of the crowd, the sounds of the tables - Double Down is a reflection on the lure of challenging the odds, the attraction of stepping into the void. A cautionary tale (the brothers were eventually exonerated), it is a book that, once heard, will never be forgotten.


What the Critics Say

"The tale they have to tell is far more richly complicated - and haunting - than any their lawyer could present.... By turns dazzingly canny and achingly abject, the Barthelmes, who write in a single voice, lure the reader into the intimacy of their self-deception." (Publishers Weekly)
"What gives their beautifully written book its power are the same gifts that distinguish the Barthelmes' fiction: their intelligence, their eye for detail, and their wry bemusement at the unlucky, unlikely hands that life so often deals." (Elle)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

It's a winner!

Would you consider the audio edition of Double Down to be better than the print version?

Yes the reader did a wonderful job.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Down?

When the brothers were told to collect their chips and follow the security people.

What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't think anyone else could have done a better job. I may get other books read by him in the future. He really added to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I liked it that much. I found myself listening to the story every spare chance I got.

Any additional comments?

The story gives a very good insight into the casino world. While listening I could picture myself there with the brothers at the card table or putting my own coins into the slots.

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- Ed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios