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"Exquisite...this recording joins the ranks of the few near-perfect matches of reader and author." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A River Runs Through It is one of my favorite books of all time. It is not simply a book on fishing, but instead an elegantly articulated story about relationships, about beauty ("My father was one of the few men who would comfortably use the word beautiful"), and, above all, a story about the individual spirituality of fly fishing (from the first line: "In my family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing").
It is, as well, a wonderful example of how to write well. The prose is evocative, yet lean and spare - MacLean could draw more from fewer words than anyone else I ever read.
Having the book read by Ivan Doig, another Montana author, gives it a familiarity of someone who also writes well (but not in Norman MacLean's league) about Montana and the out doors and relationships. I will listen to this book again and again...whenever I need context to contemplate the challenges and the beauty of life!
Without a doubt the text of this story is wonderful. I great book to listen to and contemplate. However, the sound quality broke up in places and that much of the experience makes me hesitate to give all 5 stars - a review the book itself deserves.
I wish I had this book in my hands to quote from it...a definite lack in this listening thing. I find this short novel exquisite. Every line has meaning. The relationships are achingly full of perception and grace. The metaphor of the river, and fly fishing, is omnipresent and speaks of the love that is shot through the main characters' interactions with each other. I have listened to this book twice, and read it once. The film is ghastly....the meaning is in the words, and layered: the river, fly fishing, one's relation to one's god, brothers and families, the story of the prodigal son, violence and mayhem of the heart, the beauty of knowing something. And in closing: I plan to just ignore reviews that don't recognize or understand the craft of fiction.
Prose and story are both gorgeous and a delight to listen to. For those who wrote about the overuse of fly-fishing, it's a metaphor for life. I've never fly-fished, nor will I, but I can appreciate the way the lessons of fly-fishing have informed the narrator's worldview. The narration, like the prose, is understated. Truly a treat.
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
What you need to know is that this is mainly a book about fishing. And brothers. And the pain and deep love of Family. It is not the movie, although it is clearly the brothers of the movie and I think if I read more of these stories, I'll find the movie story. I've never been a fisherman. It doesn't work to read and fish, so that's out. But I do love fishermen, my grandad in particular. So I loved reading about fishing.
Maclean hits at the depths the human soul by way of the philosophical understanding only a Western Montana fisherman can know. Cannot believe it took me this many years to get around to this book. Download it asap. For the good of your soul.
I saw the movie years ago and it was just ok for me. I never read the book and have no intentions of doing so now because I'll never get as much out of it as Ivan Doug put into it. I was captivated by his voice and the heart he put into it.
I'm not usually too concerned about the performance of the reader of audiobooks, but Ivan Doig's voice is just a natural fit for Norman Maclean's wonderful story in the West. He brings this great book to life.
"A perfect Audio Book"
Beautifully written and read. I have been an avid listener of audible books for many years with pushing 200 titles now on my ipod. But this is the one i keep coming back to and just can't fault it is totally absorbing the characterisation is perfect the pace and hummer gentle. There is nothing clumsy or that jars the story is hard and all the more poignant when you consider it is based on the authors own life. I should perhaps say that i fly fish and that fly fishing is a central theme of the book but don't let that put you off just be warned you may want to give it a try after listening to the book. The reader is so good you are unaware and him, this being my highest complement for any reader his effortless style and delivery are perfect for the book.
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