This book turned a local historical person (Doc is buried in Glenwood Springs, Colorado) into a real person for me. Gunslingers are usually made into a hero in the face of danger in being made into more than human. Doc was an intelligent dental surgeon who suffered from a devastating disease. His heroics were in overcoming his personal demons.
This is a great read and a very well written and read book. Enjoy!
The development of each character is done so skillfully along with a very good performance makes this one of those books that during the day you wonder what/how they are doing just as if they were people of which you are friends. Excellent read/listen.
Immersive, Compelling, Heartbreaking
So many to count, but the scene of rare happiness for Doc as he plays the piano sticks with me....
No other narrator comes close. He makes the book. The audiobook is better than the written book because of him.
All of the above. This book affects you.
I used to think audiobooks were just a quicker way to absorb information from a book. This audiobook is the first book to make me think that the genre should stand on its own. This audiobook is art. If there are awards for audiobooks, this book should sweep them.
A lovely story blending fact and fiction, tightly written, succinct in character development and local color
can't think of any
Not yet. He is a wonderful narrator and I will look for other books read by him.
Doc is the perfect name
Not necessarily a Western fan, I was completely immersed in this great story. As a foreign born, not familiar with this piece of history, it was extremely interesting to follow the narration with research of characters and events on the internet.
Mark Bramhall's rich voice was just perfect.
I bought this book sight unseen because of the author. It is well worth the read. I have never been to the Wild West but the excellently nuanced narration by Mark Bramhall ” took” me there. Highly recommended.
This was pure joy for me. The story was simply but beautifully narrated. The male and female voices and accents were done wonderfully. Having seen the movie Tombstone in the 90's, I pictured the character as Val Kilmer played him, although the book is not remotely like a Hollywood movie. It is tender, touching, rough and tumble all at once.
The era is depicted perfectly. You can taste the dust. I am not a sci-fi reader but my husband has read Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow and is now reading Children of God.
I will attempt to read her in this genre because this woman can flat out write. I miss Doc already. You'll be sorry when it ends.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
Ms. Russell is now one of my favorite writers. Her skill with the story, her research into the characters, which goes beyond the myths and comic book characters of the people, makes for a book I could not put down. I listen to audio on my IPOD and broght it everywhere, car, gym, working in the yard. I felt that I really got to know the person of Doc and when I did my own minor research on line found that Ms. Russell hit it out of the park. It is a great book, and if you have any interest in westerns, an even terrific book.