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The Wandering Hill: Volume 2 of The Berrybender Narratives | [Larry McMurtry]

The Wandering Hill: Volume 2 of The Berrybender Narratives

Larry McMurtry continues the story of Tasmin Berrybender and her family in the Wild West of the 1830s. This is the point in time when mountain men and trappers like Jim Bridger and Kit Carson, though still alive, are already legendary figures, and when the clash between the Indian tribes and the encroaching white Americans is about to turn into tragedy.
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In The Wandering Hill, Larry McMurtry continues the story of Tasmin Berrybender and her family in the unexplored Wild West of the 1830s, at that point in time when Lewis and Clark are still a living memory, and when the clash between the powerful Indian tribes of the Missouri and the encroaching white Americans is about to turn into full-blown tragedy.

Amidst all this, the Berrybender family - English, eccentric, wealthy, and fiercely out of place - continues their journey of exploration, although beset by difficulties, tragedies, and the increasing hardships of day-to-day survival.

Abandoning their luxurious steamer, which is stuck in the ice near the Knife River, they make their way overland to the confluence of the Missouri and the Yellowstone. Tasmin is about to become a mother, living with the elusive young mountain man Jim Snow. Theirs is a great love affair, lived out in conditions of great risk.

From the murder of the iced-in steamship's crew to the appearance of the Partezon, a particularly blood-thirsty Sioux warrior with a band of over two hundred, The Wandering Hill is at once literature on a grand scale and riveting entertainment by a master storyteller.

Listen to the other books in Larry McMurtry's Berrybender saga.

©2003 Larry McMurty; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"As in any McMurtry novel, each character the reader meets has glorious quirks, and Alfred Molina gives an understated, eloquent performance that allows the language to shine....A larger-than-life American adventure." (AudioFile)

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    Skeptical consumer East coast, USA 06-13-03
    Skeptical consumer East coast, USA 06-13-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding"

    This installment is even better than the first, Sin Killer. The combination of McMurtry's writing and Molina's versitile performance makes for great listening. It is truly like "watching" a wonderful play when listening to this book. I am not one to go on with superlatives, but this production was outstanding.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin LAKE WAUKOMIS, MO, United States 08-21-03
    Robin LAKE WAUKOMIS, MO, United States 08-21-03 Member Since 2001
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    "The Wandering Hill"

    This is the second book in the continuing saga of the Berrybender 'tribe'. Even though the Berrybenders are Englishmen (and definitely WOMEN) to the core, this is a very accurate appellation since they seem to bring with them their version of reality to the untamed wilderness of early America. The characters and circumstances are so rich and novel, the author brings them alive to the point that I feel an active loathing and equal admiration for a number of the characters. This is a wonderful 'listen' that I recommend to all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sanford Rosenberg Richmond, VA 05-14-04
    Sanford Rosenberg Richmond, VA 05-14-04 Member Since 2003

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    "Delightfully quirky!"

    Always a fan of Larry McMurtry's prose, I felt I hit the mother lode with the Berrybender trilogy. As much as I enjoyed the entry book, The Sin Killer, The Wandering Hill expands the characters and "gives them flesh" and as annoying as they can be individually at times, their combinations--and conversations--often made me chuckle out loud. In true McMurtry style there is plenty of hard realism but the reader cannot help but feel he has learned a great deal about the era on which the author expounds, the American frontier. To me, however, the savvy language, the unexpected courage and resolve the characters show, and their unbelievable resilience make this one of the most enjoyable reads I've had. The narrator has an almost inexhaustible supply of voices and accents as well, and adds mightily to the book's enjoyment.

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    "Wonderful picture of American West"

    Larry McMurtry's books, as narrated by Alfred Molina, are a wonderful pleasure, and give a beautiful, fascinating, and informative view of the history of the American West. Lonesome Dove set a high standard, and the Berrybender Narratives measure up well. I didn't mean to start with the 2nd in the series of 4, and am now going back to get the first one. The characters are idiosyncratic and well-developed, the story is mesmerizing, and the narration is super. I'd like to know more about how McMurtry researched his novels. It seems he must have studied lots of primary sources, like pioneer diaries. How could you make this stuff up!

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