• Wet Places at Noon

  • Iowa Short Fiction Award
  • By: Lee K. Abbott
  • Narrated by: Ken Krauss
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-28-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (3 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Abbott's community is pure Americana, a wild world inhabited by gloriously street-smart smartasses: overeducated, underemployed men mourning for the confident women who have left them - or have they? - but knowing that equally confident women are just around the corner-or are they? His urgent, maximalist style allows their exhilarating voices to be heard and remembered.
©1997 Lee Abbott (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

“Lee Abbott is a significant American writer, one of our culture's more compelling stylist, an acrobat of the word. Abbott's voice has the familarity of a front-porch storyteller, the voice of the guy in every picture of every high-school prom who has what he wrongly thinks is a firm grip on life and love and from that point thereafter disappears into an unkind world.” (Bob Shacochis)
“Abbott writes like a fallen angel. These are wild, vibrant stories, caustic and sardonic, wildly funny and bitter as grief, full of passion and perfidy. As his characters crash through burnt-over landscapes and tune into 'the talk talked by worms,' they bring us an odd kind of hope.” (Andrea Barret)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lori Kubinski Johnson on 03-27-17

Narration is off

I love Abbott's storytelling. But I had difficulty overlooking the narrator's mispronunciation of Spanish which even the local redneck gringos get right. Disappointingly marred the narrative.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 12-02-12

Buckle your seatbelt...

Abbott's voice sweeps you up, enfolds you in a bearhug and carries you breathlessly along on a roller coaster ride of wonderful, treacherous, very human emotions. If you are lucky--as some of his characters are--you will also find moments of true enlightenment.

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