This was my first book by author Ivan Doig. I read this book for my book club and didn't really know anything about the author or his work. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I enjoyed getting to know the 3 Milliron boys and their classmates in the one room school house in rural Montana. The adults were also an interesting group that made this story fun and interesting to listen to. It is not a fast paced, action packed story but one of pleasant, humorous and honest events that made me curious to find out more about all.
I didn't really care for the narrator at first but the story was strong enough to overcome that negative. I'm not sure I would listen to another book read by Jonathan Hogan but I think his presentation fit this story.
It is told from a 12 year old's perspective.
Maury was great to listen to in many different instances.
His homeiness - he helped capture the essence of a rural town in Montana in 1909.
My wife and I listen when we can, always in the car.
We'll be listening to another of the author's books in the not to distant future.
This is a charming story about three young brothers and their experience with a one-room schoolhouse. Their teacher is a character, and his sister, their new housekeeper, is a delight.
The authory told the story with great insight into human nature and with warm and funny memories of growing up.
I enjoyed the book in increments although there were times I didn't want to stop listening.
What a greate ode to the old one-room schoolhouse.
It was slow. It needed to move faster with a narrator that wasn't monotone.
I couldn't stay interested long enough to get far into the book so I have no additional comments.
Doig is a great story-teller. I found myself seeking escape from the cynical, often depressing stories in the daily news by diving into this book. It describes a time in the early 20th century, in Montana, when life, if not easy, was simpler. The pace is slow, but the dry western wit that pervades the writing kept it from being boring. At first I found the narrator's hard, nasal voice hard to take, but it grew on me, and finally seemed completely appropriate for this story.
I look forward to reading other books by Doig. I am reading the Rascal Fair now and loving it.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who likes A Prairie Home Companion or Bill Cosby's early storytelling style -- not that it's a comedy. I enjoyed the story, but didn't love it.
I cannot wait to recommend this book first to my dad who grew up on a wheat farm in Eastern Oregon and second to my book club. I loved the story, the characters (Morrie was my favorite) and my highest praise goes to the narrator, Jonathan Hogan. He was a delight to listen to and the folksy charm in his voice was the perfect match for this story. He reminds me of the man who used to narrate the Wonderful World of Disney shows on Sunday night.
I thought it was beautifully written - I felt completely transported to that time and place. I loved the sweet relationship between the brothers.
Hard to decide but I loved the wrong-end-to horse race.
Several times I teared up while listening. Particularly during the scene when Paul goes out to the pump at the school house and reflects on all the horse paths which lead to the school.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
This book reminded me of the Anne of Green Gables series, but more male-oriented. It is a story from simpler times, more particularly, of a widowed farmer in Montana during the early 1900's, told from the point of view and remembrances of his 13 year old son. No one does Montana better than Doig, and if you like this type of fiction, I highly recommend this book.
I think the narrator fit the story very well, too.
It was a flat line-no ups no downs-just monotone reflection from the perspective of a kid, embellished with an occasional impressive show of vocabulary. I've never read anything from this author and doubt seriously that I ever will again. It was quaint, but didn't even get me to heartwarming-it was actually painful to get through at times.
The narrator was fine, I don't think he could've done much else with the material he had to work with.
I had no idea what to expect from this book or this author and was very pleasantly surprised for the first 11 hours. During the last a good listen became a really stupid story.