I have enjoyed everything except for the whiny tone of voice of Susan.
I think the reader is actually quite good but I wonder if a female reader might have given Susan a stronger voice. How could such an adventurous, resourceful, intelligent and talented woman be so whiny. Much of what she says in the book could have been spoken in a less annoying tone.
Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.
This was the first Stegner book I read and it was a great introduction. Great story brought to life by the talented Mark Bramhall. A classic!
This is a wonderful reading. Mark Bramhall sounds just like Wallace Stegner. It's like having that wonderful man right beside me.
This story provides a good historical perspective from a personal and family level but largely fails in its aim to do more. The title is a mining or geological term meaning the slope of a hill resulting from falling matter, here applied to a retired academic working on a bio of his grandmother, mostly, who was a minor writer and sketch artist in late-19th Century New York and New England, and his capable, even inventive and ambitious but flawed westerner grandfather. His voice is a little prissy and the grandmother comes across as a bit of a whiner, when not defensive (to her friends). Some nice connections between his Victorian Grandparents and the crassness and loose morals of his son, divorced wife, and the hippy daughter of his helper. The narrator does a good job assuming the author's voice, sometimes annoyingly so.
I love Wallace Stegner's writing and have enjoyed his other stories. This one, however, is not my favorite. It's about an old curmudgeon historian that writes about his great-grandmother's life in the old West. The historical accuracy is just perfect. I learned a lot about how life was back in the late 1880's in Colorado, California, etc. But, what I did not like was the going back and forth to the 1970's from where the story is told. It was a bit depressing.
If there is a poorly-wrought sentence, a partially-realized character, or false note in this book, I missed it. There is an authenticity in the emotion and behavior of the characters the equal of which is seldom attained.
Mark Bramhall let the author speak through him, and remained invisible, as any good reader should.
I think Wallace Stegner writes with a controlled elegance that is thrilling. So many times I'd replay certain paragraphs to better absorb the beauty of his descriptions. I'd highly recommend this book to any lover of words. He's the consummate wordsmith. I'll probably read this book sometime in the future as I hate saying goodbye to this wonderfully drawn characters. It's a 10!
Stegner is one of my favorite authors so Angle of Repose didn't disappoint me at any level. It was narrated beautifully. The only issue I had was the sadness of parts of the story...I'm ready for something fun now. I highly recommend giving this a listen.