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16 January 2016

Sound Clip Saturday: Fallen Land


Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of Western North Carolina. His fiction has appeared in more than twenty publications, including The Baltimore Review, The North Carolina Literary Review, and storySouth; and he is the recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction, and was a finalist in both the Machigonne Fiction Contest and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Richard Poe’s narration of East of Eden by John Steinbeck was an Audie Award Finalist in the Classics category in 2011. In 2008, AudioFile Magazine named him Best Voice in Fiction & Classics based on his narrations of Out Stealing Horses and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. With TV, film and stage credits to his name, such as roles on television’s Star Trek and the film Born on The Fourth of July, Poe has a recognizable voice and is adept at setting a mood and allowing the listener to fall into the scene.

Fallen Land is Taylor Brown’s debut set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward. Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake. Ava and Callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South. Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, tracking dogs, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food they glean from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman’s March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives.

Listen to an excerpt of Taylor Brown’s Fallen Land audiobook, read by Richard Poe:

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