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The River Audiobook

The River

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Publisher's Summary

The predatory genes we cannot deny are never more exercised than in deer hunting. In each individual, they travel an age-related arc that begins in youthful passion and settles finally into old-age relaxation. The blood lust with all of its attendant furies and dictates can be an awesome thing when it consumes the deer hunter in the velvet of his life.

Crossing the wild water was crazy, I knew, but I had a desperate need to bag the buck.

©1961 Bill Stokes (P)2017 Stokes Creative LLC

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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 02-27-17 Member Since 2016

    I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!

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    "Great short story!"

    Another great short story by Bill Stokes! This is a story about deer hunting but more of a coming of age story about Bill as well. He goes on a hunting trip to get his first deer. Like most teenagers, Bill was a bit reckless. Act before you think! lol The fastest way to learn important life lessons. Great narration by Johnny Mack.

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 03-26-17
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 03-26-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent tale of a youth's first deer hunt."

    This is a tale of young man’s first deer hunt. The author starts us off with a personal note of how deer hunting has been a part of his life even if he no longer directly participates.

    Set in Wisconsin in 1947, a teen boy on the cusp of manhood is invited on his first deer hunt. On the first night of the hunt, there’s stories and manly cooking at the hunting cabin as Uncle Duffy and his friends deal out the cards. Our hero soaks it all up. He desperately wants to be considered one of them. He feels a driving need to prove himself on this week-long deer hunt and he fears he won’t measure up.

    First, I was a bit surprised that he was allowed to wander the woods alone on his first hunt as we typically make sure to go by twos on any kind of hike that is over an hour long. It’s a little unclear if the area was well known to our young hunter or not. Anyway, he navigates his way back to the cabin day after day.

    There’s a rising urgency as the hunt progresses. The men shares stories of hunts past. I liked how the story built up and up. I could really feel the young man’s need to prove himself worthy. When finally the moment comes, there’s a big snag in his triumph, followed by a triumph of another kind. I was surprised by how things ended but was also well satisfied with it. Years later when this kid is a seasoned hunter, he will look back on this incident with wry humor.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    Narration: Johnny Mack continues to do justice to this author’s short stories. He does a good job of sounding like a young man and also of sounding like an older Uncle Duffy.

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    Jenniferk sc 03-26-17
    Jenniferk sc 03-26-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredible storytelling and narration"
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    Thoughtful story of a young man and the wilderness. All of the authors stories evoke feelings with every listen. He had a rare talent to make any subject interesting. Cannot recommend highly enough. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 03-23-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 03-23-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A coming of age short story"

    The River is a story about a young man out deer hunting trying to get his trophy buck and prove himself. There aren't many pages (or minutes) here, but it will make you feel something.

    I love these stories by Bill Stokes. I know these are from ages ago (this one being published originally in 1961) but they still have such great feeling and "oomph" to them. This is the second short story I read by Stokes and it won't be my last.

    Johnny Mack narrates The River and does a great job. I felt like he was the character in the book. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that he was the perfect narrator for this.

    Overall, The River is a great sub-20 minute short story that had me smiling throughout told by a master storytelling (in both the writing and the narration).

    I was given a free copy of this book. This has not affected my review of it in any way.

    If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! If you'd like to see more like it you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 03-06-17
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 03-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I gave this story a shot . . ."

    and it turned out hitting the bulls-eye on all counts. Short, straight to the point, and beautifully narrated. As a lover of the outdoors I felt as though I were right there with the main character as the story spoke with such accuracy and authenticity. I would venture to say that even city dwellers could lose themselves in the wild for a few minutes during this listen; it's that true to life. Again, the narration by Johnny Mack does the trick by hitting the target dead-center.

    This is the first time i have read a work by Bill Stokes and I can assure you I will be checking out several of his other stories. Although this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom, I will be purchasing others in anticipation of similar levels of enjoyment.

    As an aside, I have already enjoyed listening to this book a few times and anticipate doing so again and again . . . whenever I have 20-minutes to kill.

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    Mary Karowski 03-03-17
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    "Not for Bambi lovers"

    The author does a great job bringing you back to a clean time of wheee hunting was something we did as a right of passage and everything was still eaten. The author gives you a great window into the time and the narrator takes you there. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Teresa 03-03-17
    Teresa 03-03-17

    It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.

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    "A Gem of a Story"

    What I like about Bill Stoke's stories are that they are timeless and relevant. He's not only an author but a painter. He has the ability to put the listener into the story. You feel as if you were there. Hunting, fishing, and gathering are what we do and I am so glad to have the pleasure of listening to these gems.

    This story is ideal for the young at heart whether you hunt or not. It's about the river. And Bill and the buck. I don't hunt but I do rely on other family members to provide me with wild game. I have three pounds of venison thawed out at this very time.

    Johnny Mack is a terrific narrator. He lends such a wonderful voice for Bill's stories.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
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    "Great short story!"
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    Another great short story by Bill Stokes! This is a story about deer hunting but more of a coming of age story about Bill as well. He goes on a hunting trip to get his first deer. Like most teenagers, Bill was a bit reckless. Act before you think! lol The fastest way to learn important life lessons. Great narration by Johnny Mack.

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