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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.

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"Proulx's understanding is at its most remarkable in the astonishing Brokeback Mountain. [She] knows what she could only 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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A masterpiece, nothing less

If any story can be called a masterpiece, this one deserves the title. Every word of the story has meaning, every phrase crafted and the whole is more haunting and disturbing than anything I have ever read or listened to. Ultimately, I think I have become a better person for listening to this (even after seeing the movie)

Open your mind and prepare to be changed.

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A wonderful story heart breaking, but incredibly thought provoking. A must hear!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Ocean View, DE, United States
  • 12-19-07

loved it

two words.... loved it....

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not at all what I expected. Having heard the hype, but not having seen the movie, I gave this a try. It might make a particular statement about the harsh realities faced by Gays in part of the US. It is however not something that I would recommend for the sensitive listener. It is a harsh statement of reality.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stanley
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 12-07-05

delightful -- but mediocre recording

Had the recording of this short story been as good as the story itself, it would have been w/o question a five-star job. It's a first-rate tragic love story. The reading, however, is rather dryly monotonous and in places sentences/phrases are oddly stressed.

So good was the story, in fact, that I'm off on a quest to locate other Proulx recorded works.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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nice short story

the writing is just wonderful and the narration is pretty good.

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  • Cynthia
  • Englewood, CO, United States
  • 03-26-06


This audio short story degraded women and passed it self off as a special bond between two people. It is a crude depiction of love.
The descriptions of the intimate trists were nauseating and sleazy. a movie was written based on this short story.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Amazing. Speaks to the Gay and Lesbian experience eloquently.

Have to say that this book changed my life or at least it made me reexamine my take on being gay.
Life IS too short don't be afraid to love!


1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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No Class

I began to listen to this book and found it dealt with a vulgar subject from the outset. I sent it to my audiobook trash basket after listening for just a few minutes. Perhaps this service could note books like this with a rating in advance. May I suggest X.

12 of 75 people found this review helpful

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  • Judge
  • Granada Hills, CA, USA
  • 05-05-06

Two Thumbs Down!

I was not impressed at all!

1 of 12 people found this review helpful