Jane Two

  • by Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Narrated by Sean Patrick Flanery
  • 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A coming-of-age debut audiobook from accomplished actor, director, and writer Sean Patrick Flanery explores that powerful first taste of love that sets the bar for something that we'll chase, usually unsuccessfully, for the rest of our lives.
A young Mickey navigates through the dense Texas humidity of the '70s and out onto the porch every single time his granddaddy calls him, where he's presented with the heirloom recipe for life, love, and manhood. But all the logic and insight in the world cannot prepare him to operate correctly in the presence of a wonderfully beautiful little girl who moves in just behind his rear fence. How will this magical moment divide Mickey's life into a before and after and permanently change his motion, directing it down the unpaved road to which only a lucky few are granted access?

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What the Critics Say

"Jane Two has the dreamy authority of an elusive memory and the poetic whimsy that only comes with distance." (Ken Sanzel, writer and executive producer of Numb3rs)
"Sean Patrick Flanery's coming-of-age story, like the land he hails from, has a quiet, giant, unpredictable heart." (Todd Field)
"An unexpected gem. Flanery is the poet warrior." (Jim Crabbe, producer of Bad Country)

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Life - Raw, Honest, Heartfelt

I can’t remember how this book came onto my radar. The publisher’s summary sounds somewhat bland, but it really doesn’t do justice to this wonderful story. I took a chance based on the nearly perfect ratings by others who have read it. Then I did something I have never done before - I immediately listened to it again.

Calling this a coming-of-age story of first love is true, but just not enough. And yet to go too deeply into the details would force spoilers that just shouldn’t be done. It's the emotional connection to the all of the characters that makes this so special. I’m going way out on a literary limb here to say that the feeling I got for Mickey’s journey of discovery felt similar to how I felt about Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m not saying the stories are the same – Jane Two does not have the large social conflict of Mockingbird. But the way Mickey perceived his world and his place in it, guided by his Granddaddy – a colorfully profane Cajun version of Atticus Finch – achieved a truthfulness that made you live Mickey’s life with him, to want the things he wanted and to learn the lessons he had to learn.

I really encourage you to give this book a chance, with one caveat. If you are generally put off by strong language to the point that it can ruin a read for you, then pass this by. Granddaddy’s lessons are taught with blistering profanity, but always with the caution “This is man’s talk. You don’t talk like that to the women”. In his own way he’s just as much of a gentleman as Atticus.
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- Janice "Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories."

Oh, did it bring back memories of lost chances!

Maybe a bit of a spoiler but I need to say it. If you hate spoilers, do not read this.

Although I enjoyed the listen, there was something about it that nagged at me and I didn't know what. Then, I realized it brought back very uneasy and regretful memories of my high school crush and the similar inability for us to make any meaningful contact with one another due to shyness and what now seems like just plain stupidity. (For many years afterward, it felt like a stab in the heart.)

Flannery captures these ever intense years through the eyes and voice of a high school boy, who similarly let the chance of knowing and enjoying the girl of his dreams slip through his hands. It is a lovely, intense, bittersweet story and is very engrossing.

The author does his own narration wonderfully. It is a good book for those of us who are brave enough to wander back in time and stir up those long forgotten, sometimes painful memories.
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- Kathy "Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio