The Weight of This World

  • by David Joy
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Critically acclaimed author David Joy, whose debut, Where All Light Tends to Go, was hailed as "a savagely moving novel that will likely become an important addition to the great body of Southern literature" (The Huffington Post), returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past.
A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can't leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he forgive himself for what he saw there. His mother, April, is haunted by her own demons, a secret trauma she has carried for years. Between them is Aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. Connected by bonds of circumstance and duty, friendship and love, these three lives are blown apart when Aiden and Thad witness the accidental death of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and cash drops in their laps. On a meth-fueled journey to nowhere, they will either find the grit to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.

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Listened to the whole thing in less than 24 hrs

I couldn't stop. Loved the story and the narration was fantastic. Did not disappoint. Kudos.
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- Jennifer Knight

Why is this happening?

This book may make you feel like you are drowning in an ashtray filled with misery, trash, and whiskey. I don't need the happy ending but I kept asking why is this happening? Obviously drugs, PTSD, poverty, rape, etc. and maybe that's enough to explain why the three main characters take certain actions. Or maybe the point is that when you're born into this situation there's no way out. These three do find the salvation they seek, somewhat, in three divergent ways. Salvation seems to be the common denominator. I loved Joy's Where All Light Tends to Go, even though it is brutally depressing, so I looked forward to The Weight of This World. I won't go as far as saying I was disappointed but the story wasn't as tight. Again, it was three people, closely entwined going about without a plot that ties it all in together. Two minutes into this book you'll say Holy $hit! and you'll close the book with the same words. The middle maybe disjointed, but if you're in the mood for a book where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are deadbeat thieves and homicidal meth addicts pick it up.
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- green ice cream garden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio