Wise Blood

Version: Unabridged
Author: Flannery O’Connor
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2010
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a 'blind' street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with 'wise blood,' who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Hazel's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.

'No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation.''New Yorker

Reviews (2)

Written by Zack Brems on May 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Great for people who are on the go. The app works well although it has room for improvements. There is no way to rewind or find a place further in the audio without moving the cursor and hoping you find what your looking for. This should be divided in chapters or at least it should indicate what chapter your on.


Written by Kathy on February 6th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I didn't realized that this was Flannery O'Connor's first novel, and it "reads" like a first novel - a lot of false starts; too much detail in some places; not enough detail in other places; and, spotty character development. The only reason I gave it 2 stars (instead of 1) is by because of the author's reputation as a Southern writer.

Author Details

Author Details

O’Connor, Flannery

Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers. O Connor wrote two novels, "Wise Blood" (1952) and "The Violent Bear It Away" (1960), and two story collections, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (1955) and "Everything That Rises Must Converge" (1964). Her "Complete Stories", published posthumously in 1972, won the National Book Award that year, and in a 2009 online poll it was voted as the best book to have won the award in the contest s 60-year history. Her essays were published in "Mystery and Manners" (1969) and her letters in "The Habit of Being" (1979). In 1988 the Library of America published her "Collected Works"; she was the first postwar writer to be so honored. O Connor was educated at the Georgia State College for Women, studied writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and wrote much of "Wise Blood" at the Yaddo artists colony in upstate New York. She lived most of her adult life on her family s ancestral farm, Andalusia, outside Milledgeville, Georgia.