I just finished listening to Mark Bramhall's narration of The Big Rock Candy Mountain, and Wallace Stegner has done the miraculous: through his writing, reached through the years and grabbed my soul. Would I recommend this to a friend? Absolutely!I truly wish I knew someone these days who has a deep and abiding love of great fiction, AND the willingness to take the time: for this is it!
I feel to tell which one would be too much of a spoiler.
Hmmm...I guess it has to be Harry Mason. However, he did a most remarkable job narrating all the characters, regardless of age or gender.
Nay nay...25 hours is too much...however I was always reluctant to pause it at the conclusion of my day's commute.
Stegner's insights into the American pioneer psyche were profoundly moving, and rang true all the way to the deepest part of the quest to undertand complex characters. Stegner does not disappoint the avid reader with tidy, saccharine endings.
I don't review books, but this one I felt compelled to because it was a great story that made you feel like you were there, The performance was excellent, I even LOL'd. I didn't want it to end. Just gotta read....
Bruce as a little boy was my favorite character because he reminded me of my brother's when we were young and made me remember our young imaginations.
Mark Bramhall made you feel each character, just wish there would have been more about Laura and the baby.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
but it's still brilliant work from Stegner -- who is certainly one of America's finest 20th century authors.
While this might be semi-autobiographical, it will get you thinking about more than Stegner's early life. It's really about all those dreamers you've ever known -- the people for whom daily life is just never enough. I am never disappointed with a Stegner book. Rather, I end it and wonder what to read next that will even be half as good.
A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.
You have to be patient and in for the long ride. But in the end it was a very good listen. I recommend it. The Narrator was great !
If you have ever lived with someone with a hair-trigger temper, this book may be hard for you to listen to. Several times I had to just turn it off for a while. There was "impending doom" through much of the book. Still, it was interesting and a good, well-written story.
This is a superbly written, powerfully emotional story about a man and a woman who begin their lives at the beginning of the last century. They are an unlikely couple. She is a decent, caring woman, and her new husband is a bad-tempered man who is looking for the “big rock candy mountain,” yet they both love and support each other through their lives.
The emotional punch here is so strong I had to put the ‘pod down for a day a couple of times just so I could go on with it.
I have just finished Madame Bovary by Flaubert. I wonder if both these novels deserve to be called masterpieces. The writing in each, but particularly with Big Rock, is most clearly perfect “chiseled” English with every word meaning something.
The narration is superb and, as I sometimes remark, it makes those of us who listen to books happy we have found this medium.
I gave this 3 stars, although I never was able to listen to the book, unfortunately. I really disliked the narrator in the flat voice who spoke so fast it took away any depth of feeling that I like to feel when listening.
Retired high tech CEO who raised quarter horses, pilots his own Bonanza A36 airplane, enjoys shooting sports and spending time with his lovely wife and family
The characters in this man's family are different and well described. Their interactions with the father take them through a roller coaster life of hopes, dreams, a few successes, but mostly failures and disappointments. I hoped along with them and looked forward to better results...but alas, to no avail.
I will listen to this again and again
Listening to Mark Bramhall is like listening to Stegner himself. Wonderful.
Yes, if they are interested in how people lived in the 1900's.
Chet climbing on the rafters
Home is Wherever You Are
It is very long, so be prepared to do a lot of stopping and picking it back up again!