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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Customer Reviews

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Nothing to root for- depressing read. Boring Story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

drug addicts


What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As always MacLeod Andrews brings life to the story, his voice was the only positive here


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

total depression- I almost stopped listening. Characters are unrelatable- no one is the hero or heroine.....this reads like a missive for someone in utter depression. Boring story line- totally predictive as the characters are not interesting at all. No crescendo- nothing to look forward to as the story goes on. Hard to stay engaged.


Any additional comments?

Can't get this time back- wish I had aborted mission 1/4 way though when I thought to, I kept hoping something interesting would happen. Depressing on all levels, story line is predictive as characters do drugs and then make bad choices.....been done already.

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- Deborah Brown

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

Book Details

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