All the King's Men

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Penn Warren
Narrator: Michael Emerson
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

This landmark book is a loosely fictionalized account of Governor Huey Long of Louisiana, one of the nation's most astounding politicians. All the King's Men tells the story of Willie Stark, a southern-fried politician who builds support by appealing to the common man and playing dirty politics with the best of the back-room deal-makers. Though Stark quickly sheds his idealism, his right-hand man, Jack Burden -- who narrates the story -- retains it and proves to be a thorn in the new governor's side. Stark becomes a successful leader, but at a very high price, one that eventually costs him his life. The award-winning book is a play of politics, society and personal affairs, all wrapped in the cloak of history

Reviews (4)

Best Political Read in years

Written by S. Lightfoot from Franklinton, NC on March 16th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

All the King's Men was an amazing read. The narrator nailed the many different personalities covered through such a challenging time in our history, where growth in politics was still anybody's ball game. Well done!

All the King's Men

Written by wlh2040 from Miami, FL on May 19th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Anybody who is a student of Southern history, Huey Long, politics, depression-era, or any combination of the above will truly love this book. It was very well-narrated, witty, and full of "Southern-isms" (both original and old). While it's a long book, it's not one you ever really want to end! Not a dull moment from the first to the last disk.

All the Knings Men

Written by Anonymous from St. Louis, MO on April 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A powerful, extremely well written book. I had read it years ago in college and must say my memories underrated it. Robert Penn Warren uses the english language to paint as vivid pictures as any author I've read. The book is a very interesting look at politics, history and people. It is at times a dark and somewhat disturbing look at events and people and some may find it a bit long. Overall, I think it is a masterpiece and highly recommend it.

All the King's Men

Written by Anonymous on July 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An astonishingly good story. Robert Penn Warren paints pictures with words of great imagination and beauty. The narrator is exceptional. He has the tone and accents of the South perfectly. A long listen but very much worth the investment of time.

Author Details

Author Details

Warren, Robert Penn

Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) won three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award, the National Medal for Literature, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1986 he was named the country's first poet laureate.