Battleborn

  • by Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Narrated by Ali Ahn, Morgan Hallett, Laura Knight Keating, Mozhan Marno, Kevin Orton, T. Ryder Smith, Tom Stechschulte
  • 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like the work of Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, Richard Ford, and Annie Proulx, Battleborn represents a near-perfect confluence of sensibility and setting, and the introduction of an exceptionally powerful and original literary voice. In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region's vast spaces, winning redemption despite - and often because of - the hardship and violence they endure. The arrival of a foreigner transforms the exchange of eroticism and emotion at a prostitution ranch. A prospecting hermit discovers the limits of his rugged individualism when he tries to rescue an abused teenager. Decades after she led her best friend into a degrading encounter in a Vegas hotel room, a woman feels the aftershock. Most bravely of all, Watkins takes on - and reinvents - her own troubled legacy in a story that emerges from the mayhem and destruction of Helter Skelter. Arcing from the sweeping and sublime to the minute and personal, from Gold Rush to ghost town to desert to brothel, the collection echoes not only in its title but also in its fierce, undefeated spirit the motto of her home state.

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Most Helpful

Wonderful magnificent stories beautifully told

What a great group of narrators carefully chosen to read Claire Vaye Watkins' stories! I thoroughly enjoyed each narration and what's more is that they've added animated life throughout the collection!
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- Pedro Ramirez

Don't get too comfortable

Where does Battleborn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Battleborn is filled with flawed and loving characters whose stories both alarm your senses and break your heart. Set in the West, Watkins' familiar places welcomed me if not the very human and at times uncomfortable experiences she captures. Great writing, great reading. Just don't expect to get a shiny, happy feeling.


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- Nancy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books