If You Want Me to Stay





“An audiobook primarily set in a truck–what could be more perfect? Perhaps nothing, save the stellar narration that puts the listener right in the pickup with two brothers traveling the North Carolina coast with only soul music to guide them. T. Ryder Smith conjures a clear image of 14-year-old Joel, who must try to save his family from his father’s madness. Smith’s genuine accent serves both female and male characters well and expresses Joel’s anger and fear convincingly. Although Smith doesn’t sing the soul classics interspersed throughout the novel, his reading paints a vivid picture of a family that draws wisdom from Motown lyrics. Oh yes, please stay.”
J.J.B., Audiofile magazine

The best reader I’ve ever heard. I just finished listening to If You Want Me to Stay. Not only is it beautifully written, and a very moving story, but T. Ryder Smith gives the prose that flat, southern drawl without emotion that lets the writing do the talking. Every locale, every action is described so perfectly that you can see it and your heart goes out to it. I normally recommend reading, rather than listening, to books. But this book should be heard so long as Ryder Smith is doing the reading.”
– C.W., Amazon.com review