Lawless: Originally Published as The Wettest County in the World

Written by:
Matt Bondurant
Narrated by:
Erik Steele

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2008
10 hours 0 minutes
Based on the true story of his grandfather and two granduncles, Matt Bondurant's novel is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County during Prohibition and after. The brothers played a central role in a major conspiracy trial and its violent end. In 1935, Sherwood Anderson, working on a magazine story, finds himself driving along the dusty red roads trying to find the brothers and break the silence that shrouds Franklin County. In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men—their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires—to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.
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Kim S.

This is a true story based off of historical records, family history, legal records, etc. It is a truly engaging listen. DON'T judge it by the short introductory clip. I've read this book several times. I rented then bought the movie which was loosely based off of the book. I actually went and visited the actual sites from this book in Franklin County, Virginia and met with the historical Society there also. It's a wonderful story of making moonshine, perseverance, a love story, government corruption at the time, a brotherly bond...that is beautifully written. It's so very interesting.

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Adam S.

A complete artesian of literature

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