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The Big Rock Candy Mountain Audiobook

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

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Publisher's Summary

Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

Based largely on his own childhood, Stegner has created a masterful, harrowing saga of a family trying to survive during the lean years of the early 20th century. It is the conflict between the hardscrabble existence and Bo's pursuit of the frontier myth and of the American dream that gives the book such resonance and power.

©1938 1940, 1942, 1943 by Wallace Stegner; (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Stegner has felt the spell of mountain and prairie, of drought, flood, and blizzard....a harrowing saga." - (New York Times)
"Stands out beautifully and unforgettably." (New Yorker)

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    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 10-02-12
    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

    An academic who listens to novels on runs and commutes to campus.

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    "Family Troubles"

    Wallace Stegner confronts the family dynamic in this book, asking the reader to consider how much family impacts day-to-day actions and character. This story revolves around the Mason family, as the family seeks security during the Prohibition and Great Depression in the Western US and Canada. The story dragged during the beginning stages, as there was an awkwardness in the narrative when the children were still young. Bruce, the youngest child, was a difficult youth, and the sections that dealt with his troubles dragged down the story. But once Bruce became an adult, independent from his father, his confidence allowed him to engage in the family dynamic in a more interesting and substantial manner.

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    Bill ceres, CA, United States 09-21-12
    Bill ceres, CA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible make my long commute so enjoyable! I love historical fiction, Nora Roberts, and any science related audibles (not enough of those).

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    "This book can not be put down..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!@ The description of nature and people in this book can be felt so much that you are there looking right at them. The young boys in the novel are anything but the real thing... there thoughts and statements.. It brougth me back to so many of my thoughts as a child.. and watching others. I love it!


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    They are all so good.


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

    The description of the taste and feel of the countryside is excellent. I am there and brings me back to the times when I have been out in the woods... looking out at snow.. or looking into the dark of night.


    Any additional comments?

    A big surprize to me.. I could not stop listening!

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    Pat 08-06-12
    Pat 08-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Pioneer dreams and despairs"
    What other book might you compare The Big Rock Candy Mountain to and why?

    The Grapes of Wrath
    Families dealing with adversity. The father Bo Mason engenders empathy although he is the catalyst for his wife and son's misfortunes. Bo is also a victim of the times.


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

    Great voice that suits the themes and environment portrayed


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Epic tale of flawed characters of the American West in the early 20th century


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    Cynthia Lecanto, FL, United States 03-15-12
    Cynthia Lecanto, FL, United States 03-15-12
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    "Great Literature"
    If you could sum up The Big Rock Candy Mountain in three words, what would they be?

    A wonderful story,expertly told & written with characters that you really know bceause they are so well depicted. My first Stegner book & what a remarkable find- this man really knows how to write a compelling story.


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    Scout Lewiston, CA, United States 02-05-12
    Scout Lewiston, CA, United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2016

    Loves a good book

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    "Enthralling book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Rock Candy Mountain to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the book - discovering Stegner rather late in life via my son. Heard short story on NPR and fascinated by it. I feel that Mr. Bramhall brings so much to his reading; characters live. I'd never say that about a movie vs a book read. I look forward to either reading (favorite thing to do) all of Stegner or listening while I quilt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elsa is formidable in her tenacity - in her choice to leave home against her family's wishes and in her determination to stay with Bo, no matter the personal cost. I have to remind myself that women of those times did not have the options open to women of today, so though much of her life was hardfought and a misery, she's heroic in her protection of those she loved. Bo - determined to grind out a living according to his own ideas and was, most of his life, pushing his personal boulder up a rugged mountain. Almost have to admire that.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    I could hear the people clearly - woman, child or man. Thank you Mr. Bramhall


    Any additional comments?

    It was heartbreaking to realize this is autobiographical in many ways; to know most of this was Stegner's personal story. How dificult to write Bruce's first visit to the mortuary. Only someone who lived those moments could write exactly those words.

    Very telling that Stegner's father's grave is unmarked.

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    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-16-11
    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-16-11 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Glorious"

    A performance with a shining brilliance, reflecting a story of beauty, pain and love, of the broad geography of the west and the struggle of the individual and the family. Worth every minute of words.

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    JQR Los Angeles, CA 11-02-11
    JQR Los Angeles, CA 11-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent story, and true."

    The story is based on Stegner's family settling in the West; it's beautiful writing and moving. Mark Bramhall's narration is note-perfect.

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    lisa metairie, LA, United States 09-04-11
    lisa metairie, LA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "loved the narrator....very good book"
    Would you listen to The Big Rock Candy Mountain again? Why?

    This book was beautifully written. I was a little worried about the length but it was entirely worth it. These characters are now a part of me....one of the best listens....


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    Lisa M. Ludwig 09-04-11 Member Since 2006

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    "loved the narrator....very good book"
    Would you listen to The Big Rock Candy Mountain again? Why?

    This book was beautifully written. I was a little worried about the length but it was entirely worth it. These characters are now a part of me....one of the best listens....


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    Danners 08-19-11
    Danners 08-19-11

    Danners

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    "Get it."

    The narration is incredible. The characters are well defined. An emotional (highs and lows) and tragic story.

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