The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir

Version: Unabridged
Author: Nick Flynn
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2010
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes
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Bestselling author Nick Flynn delivers a dazzling, searing, and inventive memoir about becoming a father in the age of terror.
In 2007, as Flynn awaits his daughter’s birth, the release of the Abu Ghraib photographs exacerbates his already growing outrage and obsession with torture, leading him on a journey to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in the photos. A memoir of profound self-discovery, Flynn’s book artfully interweaves passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his history of addiction into his dark questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father as Flynn examines the need to run from love and the need to embrace it again.

Author Details

Author Details

Flynn, Nick

Nick Flynn is senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University. Nick has published widely on prisons, rehabilitation theory and practice, and environmental criminology. His most recent book title is "Criminal Behaviour in Context: Space, Place and Desistance from Crime". Prior to teaching, Nick worked as a freelance researcher on criminal justice issues and as a campaigner for penal reform. He is on the editorial board of the" British Journal of Community Justice".