The Devil All the Time

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Donald Ray Pollock

Narrated By: Mark Bramhall

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2011

Duration: 9 hours 13 minutes


From the acclaimed author of Knockemstiff - called "powerful, remarkable, exceptional" by the Los Angeles Times - comes a dark and riveting vision of America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree.

In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stones Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery OConnor at her most haunting.

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. Theres Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who cant save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his "prayer log." There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll Americas highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

Donald Ray Pollock braids his plot lines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.


  • Katie C

    Clever story of interconnecting characters. The story follows several characters all with their unique personality. Every character was complex with their own desires.