From the Academy Award-winning Fargo to the cult classic Blood Simple, the Coen brothers have earned critical acclaim and a passionate, devoted following. Now, with Gates of Eden, Ethan Coen brings to the audiobook the same razor-sharp wit, imagination, and shocking intensity that have resonated with millions of fans.
With these unabridged stories, sometimes heart-felt, sometimes brutal, always wildly entertaining -- Ethan Coen delivers everything you would expect from such an original imagination.
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Small-time mobsters, private investigators, adulterers, and Hebrew-school students populate these stories written by Ethan Coen, the Oscar-winning cowriter of the Fargo screenplay. Read mostly by actors who have appeared in his films--including regulars Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, and John Turturro--these vignettes are set primarily in Minneapolis. There is a lot of fighting, farting, and the other f word in these tapes, disqualifying this audiobook for the fainthearted, but the listener is well rewarded with some smart, if brutal, writing. Standouts include the Matt Dillon-read "Destiny," a Mafioso story about a college graduate-cum-failed boxer whose poverty sucks him into an underworld rivalry, and William H. Macy's reading of the title story, a tongue-in-cheek noir featuring a Californian who is temporarily distracted from his work by a geisha goddess. (Running time: 5.5 hours, 4 cassettes) --Kimberly HeinrichsFrom the Back Cover:
"Often funny, sometimes disturbing. . . Mr. Coen has sounded the jagged dissonance of the American experience."
--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"In Gates of Eden, the co-creator of such films as Fargo and Blood Simple delivers blackly humorous and often unsettling vignettes. . . .All the Coen brothers trademarks are here. . . funny. . .compelling stories."
"A distinctive voice and an offbeat worldview. . . All of these stories take place in Coen Brothers Land, a parallel universe similar to our own--except it's weirder, funnier and better edited."
--The New York Times Book Review
"The discriminating viewer who enjoyed [Coen's] distinctive and quirky films will like the equally unconventional Gates of Eden. Coen delights in juxtaposing tone, character and setting to comic and chilling effect."
--The Washington Post
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Book Description Audioworks, 1998. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0671582801