The Executioner's Song

Written by:
Norman Mailer
Narrated by:
Maxwell Hamilton

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2018
42 hours 43 minutes
Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition.

Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner's Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous.

Mailer tells not only Gilmore's story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget.
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Tina M.

Wow, I wanted more of the why with Gary. Yet the book still remains powerful.

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Christian V.

Wow! Just wow! This is a remarkable piece of work. The amount of research that went into this book is incredible. And it’s been so well constructed. The 42 hours flew by. So glad I came across it. Well worth your time - if you have that much to spare. Narration is excellent too!

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Michael H.

Gilmore’s story is both tragic and lethal. Mailer spares no one in the telling. Goes into depth about a world rarely spoke of but which exist alongside the one we take for granted. Don’t think a guy asking for death penalty would cause such a stir these days, but it was a novelty in the US in the late 1970s.

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