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Dancing at the Rascal Fair Audiobook

Dancing at the Rascal Fair

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Publisher's Summary

Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig, captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

©1987 Ivan Doig (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Magnificent…Dancing at the Rascal Fair establishes its author in the front ranks of contemporary American writers.” (Seattle Times)

"The settlement of Montana between 1890 and 1919 is recounted through the quiet but compelling life of Angus McCaskill, a young Scotsman who travels with his friend Rob Barclay to Montana's Two Medicine Country to homestead. Doig writes fervently of the voyage from Scotland and the lean first years, as the two share the work and hardship of establishing claims and building up flocks of sheep. He tells of their separate marriages, the severing of their friendship, and the final resolution of their conflict through death. Doig successfully recaptures the violence of the Montana elements and the staunch heritage of the Scottish settlers." (Library Journal)

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    Amazon Customer Culbertson, MT, United States 07-25-12
    Amazon Customer Culbertson, MT, United States 07-25-12
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    "Oh, Angus!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dancing at the Rascal Fair to be better than the print version?

    Don't know as I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the landscape, the poetic prose, and the characters.


    What about Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

    His voice quality is remarkable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The plot did not go the way I wanted it to go; just like real life. Friendships go bad. lPeople disappoint and betray you. Doig's characters surprise. I wanted to reach into the story and shake some sense into the characters every now and then..


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    helle 03-13-12
    helle 03-13-12
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    "Loved every minute of this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book.

    What a treat to read a book that you can hardly put down -from the first page to the last page - there is always something going on to hold your attention.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian MacKenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first one: but it definitely will not be the last one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 12-29-11
    Jeanne 12-29-11 Listener Since 2004
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    "Wonderfully Written"
    What did you love best about Dancing at the Rascal Fair?

    The author had a wonderful way of painting word pictures. Phrasing was delightful. It drew me into the story.


    What other book might you compare Dancing at the Rascal Fair to and why?

    I haven't read a book I could compare to it. I really felt like this could have been a true story. Like I was listening to a real person talk about his life.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian MacKenzie???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to Mr. MacKenzie before. His delivery seems rather slow at first, but as the story progresses it becomes endearing. Good character delivery.


    If you could rename Dancing at the Rascal Fair, what would you call it?

    Couldn't think of a better name for it.


    Any additional comments?

    Really like listening to history through the eyes of an actual person. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TheDallesmbt 04-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Read--My First Five Star Review!!"

    My father was born in Montana, so I had heard of Ivan Doig but never read any of his work. This is the story of two young Scotsmen and their lives over more than a quarter of a century as they homestead in the Two Medicine country of Montana. The story is good, but the reading by Robert Ian MacKenzie is what really made this one of the most powerful books I have heard since joining Audible. His ability to provide a variety of different voices made the characters come alive. Highly recommended.

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    P.J. 04-02-11
    P.J. 04-02-11
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    "Boring"

    I tried and tried and tried to give this book a chance. It was simply boring. Yes, there's a story hidden in there somewhere - I'm simply not patient enough to dig it out. There's certainly no drama, and not much on character building. It's just hours and hours of a description of Montana as it was settled.

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    Nancy B. 02-23-11
    Nancy B. 02-23-11
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    "For love of homesteading"

    This is an excellent book for readers who have a keen interest in the experience of homesteading in the American West. For the rare reader who loves sheep (I'm a sheep rancher), there is wonderful amount of detail about shepherding and the sheep business. The narrations is at times poetic and heartbreaking. However, the story moves quite slowly throughout the entire book and most of the turns in the plot are hinted at before they arrive. It is not a book that will grab the attention of the average reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee 01-26-11
    Dee 01-26-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Left me wanting more."

    Audible books keep me awake and alert as I drive the interstates. I have listened to hundreds of books over the years. This was one of the rare occasions that I found myself sad when it was over. If I had been holding the book while reading, my right hand would have started sending those silent messages through the fog I enter when I read...."Oh no!!! it's almost over!!!" I will look for more from this author and should I find he holds my attention this well in further writings...I will be a fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 01-15-11
    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 01-15-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow paced but worth it"

    This slow paced tale of the life two Scottish immigrants homesteading in the Montana mountains from 1890 to 1919 is beautifully written and elegantly read and worth listening to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 01-13-11
    Elizabeth 01-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific Book"

    This was the first Ivan Doig book I've read or listened to, and I really enjoyed it. The narrator was terrific, and the author's writing style is wonderful!

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    Lisa Denver, CO, United States 01-03-11
    Lisa Denver, CO, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Slow start - but a sweet story"

    Beautifully written - poetic, poignant and powerful. I almost gave up after the first few chapters but I'm glad I stuck it out. This book delivers amazing visuals and leaves the reader thinking about one's own relationships through life's journeys.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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