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The Whistling Season Audiobook

The Whistling Season

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Publisher's Summary

When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular".

A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

©2006 Ivan Doig; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"The Whistling Season is a book to pass on to your favorite readers: a story of lives of active choice, lived actively." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-09-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Doig does it again!"

    This book reminded me of the Anne of Green Gables series, but more male-oriented. It is a story from simpler times, more particularly, of a widowed farmer in Montana during the early 1900's, told from the point of view and remembrances of his 13 year old son. No one does Montana better than Doig, and if you like this type of fiction, I highly recommend this book.
    I think the narrator fit the story very well, too.

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    Amazon Customer 01-30-12
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    "Be prepared to yawn"
    What disappointed you about The Whistling Season?

    It was a flat line-no ups no downs-just monotone reflection from the perspective of a kid, embellished with an occasional impressive show of vocabulary. I've never read anything from this author and doubt seriously that I ever will again. It was quaint, but didn't even get me to heartwarming-it was actually painful to get through at times.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, I don't think he could've done much else with the material he had to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    Nancy United States 01-21-12
    Nancy United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Hmmmm"

    I had no idea what to expect from this book or this author and was very pleasantly surprised for the first 11 hours. During the last a good listen became a really stupid story.

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    Janet 01-17-12
    Janet 01-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brings education alive."

    I wish all teacher's could/should read this. I've never listened to any other books from Mr. Doing, but I be in the future. It was not what I had anticipated, but better. A plot that kept you guessing and story that was very heart warming. This was a very surprising book. Share it with a teacher. Janet

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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 11-22-11
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartwarming"

    After listening to numerous books son WWII, this was such a pleasant break. This is an easy book to listen to. There is lots of love in the family.

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    Kim 11-22-11
    Kim 11-22-11
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    "A nice visit"

    I loved the narrator of the book. His voice was perfect with the mood of the story. It was a great book and I felt a little "old timey" while listening. The last chapter has an interesting twist. Still don't know if I liked it or not. Hmmmm.....

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    kathy redding, CA, United States 10-30-11
    kathy redding, CA, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2016
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    "What a fun and enjoyable read"

    My book club is now reading this book. A lovely story that made me laugh outloud at times. I loved listening to this as I drove.

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    mary j aboughadareh 02-06-11
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    "NOT a pity party"

    How refreshing to listen to a good story about a family that's no disfunctional. I enjoyed the book very much. They characters were engaging, the reading was good. A few good laughs and a little mystery.

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    Terry Rapid CIty, SD, United States 08-27-10
    Terry Rapid CIty, SD, United States 08-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The Whistling Season was awesome!"

    Ivan Doig is a wonderful storyteller. He writes in such a way that you are brought into the book right away and don't want to put it down. His characters are real, flawed, funny, and ultimately very human. An excellent book for teens and older.

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    Anne Eatonton, GA, USA 06-13-10
    Anne Eatonton, GA, USA 06-13-10
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    "A lovely tale, warm without being saccharine"

    A paean to boyhood on a Montana homestead, the one-room schoolhouse and Rose, the housekeeper whose ad read "Can't cook, doesn't bite."

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