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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle Audiobook

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Filled with breathtaking scenes, the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.
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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic.

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally.

Edgar seems poised to carry on his family's traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.

Filled with breathtaking scenes, the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.

©2008 David Wroblewski (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jill 07-07-15
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    "Worth Every Penny!"

    In a nutshell....this is a book you have to experience to gain a unique perspective on the trials and triumphs of a very special boy. Edgar's life was was extraordinary as was that of his furry friends, most notably Almondine, and the author did a great job of painting a verbal picture of their worlds. The narrator also gets a big shout out for bringing all of the characters to life in their own distinctive ways. Great book, great narrator....well worth the cost and time spent listening to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 02-07-15
    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Devastatingly Dark Story"

    I gave up on this one when it became clear that poor Edgar and his mama couldn't get a break. Wroblewski is a powerful writer, but his imagination is dark and mythic in a way that got just too heavy for my somewhat fragile psyche during a hugely snowy Maine winter. I got the book out of the library, power-read through what I *thought* would be the dark part, and then discovered that Wroblewski was going to make the rest of the book dark. . . . so I let myself off the hook. It's a hugely sprawling book with lots of echoes and overtones of myths, archetypes, Dante, etc. etc., but it's way too devastating for my daily commute. Wroblewski cuts no one a break in this story--no one, including any reader foolish enough to become connected to any of his characters.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    carla saunders 09-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, horrible ending."

    This book was a great read. I absolutely loved the story, but the issue came with the ending. I thought the ending was a illogical ending. It doesn't give any closure, just ends. Very abrupt. The only positive is that you have absolutely no idea what is to come until 10 pages left in the book. All in all I would recommend this book, just expect a poor ending.

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    "Double the stars heck triple them"

    This is one of the finest pieces of modern literature I've had the honor of reading / listening. Poignant captivating mesmerizing important meaningful depressing moving enhancing painful. Astute observer of human behavior and a velvety profound understanding of canine perception and loyalty. It hurt to read it but I am a better person for it. Astounding prose. Thank you Mr Wroblewski. Don't overlook this masterpiece.

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    Mary INGLESIDE, ILLINOIS, United States 09-13-14
    Mary INGLESIDE, ILLINOIS, United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific story, performance and prose"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Richard Poe gives a wonderful performance of this incredibly well written tale


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle?

    Edgar's journey when he leaves home


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

    Pacing and nuanced expressions of the characters.


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

    It will make you laugh and cry


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 10-24-15
    Donna 10-24-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Incomplete"

    Why bother writing a story if you can't put a plausible ending on it? Weak, weak ending. Almost a waste of time. Lots of potential but fell WAY short

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    Abigail 12-15-15
    Abigail 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just wow."

    Yes it's dark, but it's touching and moving and sweeps you along to ... Just wow.

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    Cindi McCoy AVID Kindle Customer michigan, USA 04-07-15
    Cindi McCoy AVID Kindle Customer michigan, USA 04-07-15 Member Since 2009

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    "The best of the best."

    All I can say is that if you are a reader, you MUST read this extraordinary book. Powerful and moving.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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