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Shelley

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  • Train Dreams: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.

    Geoff says: "A compact epic"
    "Listening to Will Patton read Denis Johnson"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Train Dreams to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, haven't "read" it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer's ability to use lyrics to tell his story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ain't going to say specifically. The loss of family and the description of a wildfire and its consequence isn'y exactly bland.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily, but to my own surprise I found myself re-playing it from the beginning in the gym. Like a Dylan song, listening to the lyrics can be habit-forming. It's that good.


    Any additional comments?

    I was pretty tongue-in-cheek about Will Patton's tar-heel drawl, but I know he reads JL Burke pretty seriously and I give him top marks for interpreting what I think might be the best story written that I can remember.

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