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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories Audiobook

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that “in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In Maclean’s autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.
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In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that “in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In Maclean’s autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.

Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of A River Runs Through It that he is “haunted by waters,” so have readers been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the 20th century.

Here, with "A River Runs Through It", are two Norman Maclean stories never before on audio:

  • Logging and Pimping and “Your Pal, Jim”
  • USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky

©1976 A River Runs Through It and Other Stories © 1976 The University of Chicago Press. Recorded by arrangement with John N. Maclean and Jean Maclean Snyder. (P)2010 (p) 2010 HighBridge Company

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-12-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Rob Thomas

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    "Fly-fishing, US Forest Service, and Life."

    As others have noted, there are parts of these stories that are very beautifully written. I rushed through the book, though, and missed some of the finer points. My loss. On the other hand, perhaps some of the points were too subtle for me to catch. I wonder it it’d become more clear to me if I saw the movie...

    In any case, the descriptions the author provides of life in small-town Montana and working in the woods with the US Forest Service in the early twentieth century were very interesting. And the fact these details were worked into the stories was neat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 08-10-14
    Joe Alpine, UT, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved the Movie- and the Short Story is Better!"

    The central short story, "A River Runs Through it"- deals with the themes of love, family, obligation, and the huge challenge of what it is that we can and can't do on behalf of those that we love. Of course, fly fishing is also mentioned a time or two. :)

    I loved this and I glad I found it. The themes are timeless and really resonated with me. I can't imagine anybody not thoroughly enjoying these stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-02-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-02-15

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Love completely without complete understanding"

    “We can love completely what we cannot completely understand.”
    ― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

    A near perfect novella, carved into a near perfect book; a beautiful thing. That is all I have to say about that. Well, perhaps a literary/geologic inequality as a postscript:

    Prose + Structure > Time + Ablation

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    Catie Scarlette 06-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "It resonates long after the read is done."
    If you could sum up A River Runs Through It and Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

    Luminous Poignant Inspiring


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mclean's cadence; it is as nearly perfect poetry as prose gets. And the reading by David Manis is just right; not rushing but letting the poetry of it move along at it's own pace, somewhat like the river.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh so many. They all come alive in your mind's eye . . . you can feel the cold, glacial water on your feet . . . the thirst in the final story . . . it's all there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was wishing Mclean had started publishing and writing before he was 70 and that there were many more stories for me to read.


    Any additional comments?

    I had actually read this in hardcover several years before and yet, (for one of the very few times in my life) it was better in audio book. You don't need to see the movie (though I understand why he made it). This is better, somehow more personal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CR Frisco, TX 06-06-15
    CR Frisco, TX 06-06-15 Member Since 2002

    I own & listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & hopefully are helpful as well.

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    "Oops. I missed the “and other stories”."

    I was really lost about half way through and seriously thought the story went far astray. I didn’t realize it was two books in one (or is it three?). Then I looked at the title and realized there was more than one story. I really liked ‘the River’, but only liked a few parts of the second story (poker game one). I never saw the River movie, but this book made me want to for sure. It was beautifully written and narrated. It created an emotional connection. I wanted more of that and therefore was let down by the rest of the book and hence the less than stellar review. The River rates a high 4-star review, but overall the book gets closer to 3.5 stars. Most people will probably buy this for the headliner so I’ll round up to 4 stars and suggest if you know you will be hearing additional stories that maybe you will enjoy the rest more than I.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Cantu 08-13-12

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    "Enjoyable Read"
    If you could sum up A River Runs Through It and Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed learning the nuances of fly fishing while listening to an interesting drama, good realistic balance of storytelling.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-01-16
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 02-01-16

    And Buffalo George

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    "Great Stories"

    This is a collection of several stories. Each intrigued me and I read about the characters with interest. It starts as a fly fishing narrative and continues to document the development of Northern Idaho and Western Montana during the early 20th century. Those people existed and had many adventures that the reader lives through the author. Each story stands alone; the first has been turned into a movie. The others are just as exciting and fulfilling. Too bad the author did not produce many books--he's good.

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    Chuck 12-08-15
    Chuck 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Where did the time go??"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A River Runs Through It and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

    I believe that outstanding part of this audio edition came from the Narrator, David Manis. He told the stories with such passion and color that one might think that he was the actual author! It was only when he referenced dates that brought me back to reality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A River Runs Through It and Other Stories?

    For me it was when he referenced the father dealing with a person calling a fly "Rod" a pole in much the same same fashion that a United States Marine Corps Sergeant might chastise a Marine recruit calling his rifle a gun...


    What does David Manis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Color... Passion... It was as if he was the real Norman Maclean...


    If you could take any character from A River Runs Through It and Other Stories out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    David Manis... I would really like to understand how he prepared to for the read...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tom 10-08-15
    tom 10-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A grate read for anyone"
    What did you love best about A River Runs Through It and Other Stories?

    McLean since of humor


    Have you listened to any of David Manis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no have not but I wil.l David manis makes you feel like your listening to a old friend telling you a story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes. there was several that moved me. spoiler ............the last paragraph of a river runs through it really moves me


    Any additional comments?

    Good book all around. however if you are a outdoor type person you will love this. This book only fueled my love of the outdoors.

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    Padre 09-29-15
    Padre 09-29-15
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    "The best of American fiction. A gem."
    Would you listen to A River Runs Through It and Other Stories again? Why?

    Read like the reader wrote it. I lived this book. I know most of the dry fly fishing art spoken of, so it makes perfect sense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The texture of the language, lyrical use of personification of anything the author wishes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Paul catches the fish, while being molecular.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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