Rule of the Bone: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Russell Banks

Narrated By: Kirby Heyborne

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: November 2013

Duration: 11 hours 57 minutes


When we first meet him, Chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone."
He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife. He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. There Bone meets I-Man, an exiled Rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption.


  • dan guglielmo

    A must-read for young adults. Period. This book is real, no skewed view of family disagreement due to troubled teenaged lives.

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