As the many people who saw the Academy Award-winning movie based on this novel know, this is a gut-wrenching, cry-in-your-beer story of Bad Blake, the once-great country songwriter who is down on his luck, too often drunk, and four times divorced. He's gritty, gravelly, honest, and a little saggy. The author dramatizes Bad's life in 1987 as he travels to gigs and reminisces about his life as a 1960-‘70s country singer. While there's no singing in this audiobook, Cobb delivers the performance scenes with such passion that the listener remembers each honky-tonk, each rehearsal, and each show. Cobb brings out the flicker of hope in the recovering alcoholic when he writes and sells two terrific songs inspired by Jean. The ending will bring you to tears.