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Publisher's Summary

Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that's what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.

©1998 Dead Line Ltd. All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Proulx's understanding is at its most remarkable in the astonishing Brokeback Mountain. [She] knows what she could only know...by the infrared that allows a very few writers clear sight in the dark of the imagination." (The New York Times Book Review) "Brokeback Mountain does some of the best things a story can do. It abolishes the old West cliches, excavates and honors a certain kind of elusive life, then nearly levels you with the emotional weight at its center." (The Boston Sunday Globe)

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One of the best short stories ever!

I watched the movie but did not think much of it. Years later I'm listening to the book and can't believe what a powerful story it is. I actually found tears in my eyes. Love knows no boundaries and this story lays testament to it.

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Excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed this heartbreaking story of forbidden love. Excellent writing and narration. Highly recommend this story.

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Sad story about forbidden love.

The story was very well written. Id like to read or listen to more of the authors works. I was surprised how closely the movie had followed the original story.


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Hard Hit

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This book is super short and straight to the point. No floweriness and fillers. I was shocked by how much it made me feel with just these few pages. The way it's delivered makes it so real.

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Sad but heartfelt

Great short story, almost made me tear up. The author and narrator were able to capture the reader very quickly.

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Great story, boring as heck narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Brokeback Mountain to be better than the print version?

Absolutely not. I read with more passion than the narrator. It was dull and unmoving.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brokeback Mountain?

Since the novel is so short, I would have to say the entire story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Lack of emotion!

If you could take any character from Brokeback Mountain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Alma because I would have a lot of questions about what she knew and when.

Any additional comments?

Save your Audible credit for something else, but go out and buy the book!

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  • Karen
  • Nashua, NH, United States
  • 06-30-10

Great read!

Better than the movie, which was too long.

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  • Susan
  • Rock Hill, SC, United States
  • 02-16-10

Just like the movie

Very good. Enjoyed it.

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  • Peter
  • TorremolinosSpain
  • 07-16-09

Beautiful

If you liked the film, you will like this every bit as much. Is Annie Prioulx a woman? How can a woman have such amazing insight into the lives of gay men in the 1950s? This is the only writer I know who can create poetry from such sad (and in some ways) sordid lives. Though the outcome is tragic, the fact that two very ordinary men could experience such a passionate and,in their own way, loving feeling for each other gives hope to gay men everywhere. Campbell Scott does an excellent job as narrator too.

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Excellence

A truly excellent, well-read story.

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