The Devil All the Time

Written by:
Donald Ray Pollock
Narrated by:
Mark Bramhall

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2011
9 hours 11 minutes
Now a Netflix film starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson

A dark and riveting vision of 1960s 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 Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O’Connor 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. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t 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 America’s 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 plotlines 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.

A sad and dark tale of how our lives can be destroyed so completely by a small chain of events. I don't know if the book came out before the movie, but the movie closely reflects the book. Both are interesting.

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This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it! It made it even more interesting because I live in WV so, I know a bunch of the places they were talking about in this book. The Narrator was amazing as well! I could listen to it all over again! My son was tell me about this movie the Devil all the time and I was like wait! I got so excited and told him I had just listened to the book! I’m trying to figure out a way to share the book with him so he can listen to it as well. I’m bout to watch the movie and see if it’s as good as the book! I can’t wait!

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Candice S.

really strange but I enjoyed it a lot.

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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.

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