The Paperboy

  • by Pete Dexter
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry.
Then Ward James, a hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. She’s armed with explosive evidence and aims to free - and meet - her convicted “fiancé.”
With Ward’s disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida’s back roads and seamy places in search of the story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a backseat to headline news.
Pete Dexter is the author of the National Book Award–winning novel Paris Trout, among others. He has been a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and the Sacramento Bee and has contributed to many magazines, including Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. His screenplays include Rush and Mulholland Falls.


What the Critics Say

“An eerie and beautiful novel. Its secrets continue to reveal themselves long after the book has been finished.” (New York Times)
“[Dexter] has written as sparsely here as in any of his previous books, and most of what carries the reader along so irresistibly lies beneath the surface of his prose.”—New York Times
“With clarity and an amazing capacity for simplicity of language and down-home metaphor, Dexter weaves a tale that exposes the extremes of goodness and nastiness that exist in newspaper life.”—Washington Post


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Customer Reviews

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Better then the movie

If you could sum up The Paperboy in three words, what would they be?

Sad, bittersweet, amazing.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Better that the movie and so sad. I read it after I saw and loved the movie with John Cusack. It's so good as, almost better.I recommend the audible version.

Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


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- A. Paes

Movie was better

Would you try another book from Pete Dexter and/or Sean Runnette?

I might try anther book by Pete Dexter but not the narrator. He was monotone and boring.

What was most disappointing about Pete Dexter’s story?

It was a toss between how bad the narrator was and how slow the book moved.

How could the performance have been better?

Get someone who reads aloud with expression.

Did The Paperboy inspire you to do anything?

Only to stop reading before the book was done.

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- Nancy Olson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.