The One Inside

  • by Sam Shepard, Patti Smith - foreword
  • Narrated by Bill Pullman, Patti Smith - foreword
  • 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright - a tour de force of memory, mystery, death, and life.
This searing, extraordinarily evocative narrative opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens, coyotes cackling in the distance as he quietly navigates the distance between present and past. More and more, memory is overtaking him: in his mind he sees himself in a movie-set trailer, his young face staring back at him in a mirror surrounded by light bulbs. In his dreams and in visions he sees his late father - sometimes in miniature, sometimes flying planes, sometimes at war. By turns, he sees the bygone America of his childhood: the farmland and the feedlots, the railyards and the diners - and, most hauntingly, his father's young girlfriend, with whom he also became involved, setting into motion a tragedy that has stayed with him. His complex interiority is filtered through views of mountains and deserts as he drives across the country, propelled by jazz, benzedrine, rock and roll, and a restlessness born out of exile. The rhythms of theater, the language of poetry, and a flinty humor combine in this stunning meditation on the nature of experience, at once celebratory, surreal, poignant, and unforgettable.
With a foreword written and read by Patti Smith

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A Brilliant Woven Tapestry

First Bill Pullman does a remarkable job with this piece. I listened to it twice one right after the other as with Shepard it is pealing an onion.

So many layers!
The last book or written collection published prior to Sheppard's death in July 2017 is so true to who he was as a man and a writer.

It also made his very first place make sense (Rock Garden)

Don't expect a neat bow at the end. It's left open as if there will be more. And to that I suggest we return to his writing before all of this happened
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- Gramercy1234

Shepard Lives On

Great vignettes of a story tellers view of the chapters of his own life, of the world he moves in. Remembrance bits and glimpses into a rocky childhood, a troublesome father and his own aging. Thank you Sam for giving voice to the one within.
Fantastic narration as if Shepard were across from the table, musing about life. Thank you Bill Pullman for your beautiful read, for bringing Sam Shepard back once again.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio