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Doc: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Mary Doria Russell's last two novels have been works of historical fiction, and Doc demonstrates that she's clearly found her groove in the genre. The premise of the book is at once both iconic and imaginative, treating the beginnings of friendship between Doc Holliday and the Earp clan several years before all the fuss at the O.K. Corral. These are not hardened lawmen, but struggling young men with simple dreams of financial stability and good health. Mark Bramhall does an impeccable job with the voice work, taking on these enormously well known characters and adding a sensitive depth of uncertainty. After all, at this moment in history, John Henry Holliday is just a dentist who plays a bit of poker, and Wyatt Earp is merely a part-time officer of the peace who is hoping to breed racehorses. They are thrown together out of concern for a mutual acquaintance, John Horse Sanders, a mixed-race man who died in a fire but who may have been murdered before the fire got started.

It's a straightforward Western mystery with a surprising amount of intricate narration. Mark Bramhall is a prize when it comes to character acting, so he handles the various Southern accents, from Georgia to Texas to Kansas, without even breaking a sweat. But everyone knows Doc Holliday died of consumption at a young age. Doc's dialogue is riddled with hacking, coughing, spluttering and spitting. Bramhall manages to insert all of these credibly, yet without disrupting the flow of the story or ruining Doc's many profound punch lines. It's particularly a treat to hear him voicing Doc's fiery gypsy whore, Kate. Switching between Western and Hungarian accents seems difficult enough, but Kate is also fluent in a number of other languages, and Bramhall delivers the French and Latin with an easy grace. Russell's slow and steady narrative is bound to delight, but as with all good Westerns, it's the drawling sound of the place that will make it truly enchanting. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

Beautifully educated, born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of 22: die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone and everything he loves in the hope that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Young, scared, lonely, and sick, he arrives on the rawest edge of the Texas frontier just as an economic crash wrecks the dreams of a nation. Soon, with few alternatives open to him, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally; he is also living with Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung Hungarian whore with dazzling turquoise eyes, who can quote Latin classics right back at him. Kate makes it her business to find Doc the high-stakes poker games that will support them both in high style. It is Kate who insists that the couple travel to Dodge City, because “That’s where the money is.”

And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins - before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the square-jawed, fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology - when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.

©2011 Mary Doria Russell (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Fact and mythmaking converge as Russell creates a Dodge City filled with nuggets of surprising history, a city so alive readers can smell the sawdust and hear the tinkling of saloon pianos....Filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving - a magnificent read." (Kirkus)

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    Clapper Waxhaw, NC, United States 09-03-11
    Clapper Waxhaw, NC, United States 09-03-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Doc is a winner."

    Although I was already familiar with the Doc Holiday story I was very impressed with this look at his life. The narrator was spot on and lent a great deal of credibility to the story. Loved it!

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    Kathy Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-23-11
    Kathy Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the book!"

    I did not think I would like "Doc" but it has been a pleasant surprise. Doc is the kind of book you know will make a great movie and you know the actor that should play "Doc" would be Jude Law I do so hope they make a movie out of this book.
    .I also Love the narrator of this book and will see what other books be has done.

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    Thomas WAUWATOSA, WI, United States 08-07-11
    Thomas WAUWATOSA, WI, United States 08-07-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Highly Entertaining! Story & reader combo works!"

    Having been a fan of "The Sparrow" all I needed to know was that Mary Doria Russell wrote in a different genre and I was ready with a credit. The writer's style and voice gave the prose depth, and the dialogue brought the characters to life, enhanced by great voice interpretations by the reader for the various characters. I'm also very interested to look for more about the Earp's and Doc Holliday. The reader was new to me and his voice enhanced the full audio experience, for me he's up there with Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki and Will Patton. I'm about to go looking for others Mark Bramhall has narrated. It's fun to follow a reader's work as well as an author's, as the result is often great new books that may never have been discovered otherwise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana New Haven, CT 02-20-14
    Dana New Haven, CT 02-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Didn't catch my interest"

    Almost all of the reviews I read for Doc were 4 stars or above, everyone seems to love this book but me.

    I really liked the premise and the first third of the book was promising, I felt like the author was setting up an intriguing story, but it just never took off. The last third of the book read like just more set-up and it didn't ever get off the ground for me.

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    J. Leiker Colorado 11-16-17
    J. Leiker Colorado 11-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Russell is empathy itself; Bramhall is brilliant!"

    If you haven't read all of Mary Doria Russell's books, what are you waiting for? Whether set on the foreign soils of an alien planet or a middle eastern desert (or a confederate state), her stories probe the big questions with sensitivity and grace. The obvious love with which Russell treats her antagonists--indeed, all her characters--makes her stories resonate long after the last page (or listen). I return to them often, both for the sheer pleasure of them and to study the craft in every line. (Literally: every page marked up with highlighted and margin notes. If you want to write quality literary fiction with modern pacing, this is your model.)

    Doc is slower and more circumspect than some of her other works, but the warmth and perfect cadence of Bramhall's voice complemented this well. I hadn't heard him before, and to be honest several of Russell's other audio books are less than ideally narrated, so I was skeptical to try yet another new narrator. However, I found Bramhall the best of the lot by far. So soothing and wonderfully nuanced, especially in the more ironic moments. A revelation!

    I love how Russell is able to move smoothly between points of view in her works. She dives deeply into multiple psyches, often within the same scene, and yet never loses you. If, like me, you believe the highest purpose of fiction is to usher us into the minds of strangers to gain that all-important empathy, read any of Russell's works. This is the best listen of them all.

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    robert youngman 11-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "a great read!!!!"

    superb narrator. terrific writing.
    I can't recommend this highly enough!!! I shall read again as the book takes you there.
    and as harsh as it was there is where I want to be!!!
    thank you for the ride.

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    Dana Rampi-Cruz 09-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Like sitting down with old friends..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audio book was so well rounded. The character development, the story line, the plot, the historical references with a fictional flair. You begin to feel like you are sitting down with old friends, listening to their stories and becoming close to each one of them. Each individual character is uniquely fascinating. By the end of this book, I felt as if I knew each character personally, and I had developed a true fondness towards Doc and Wyatt's friendship.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mark Bramhall's performance was superb. What a voice! His Georgian lilt and his southern drawls were so natural and captivating. Then when he bounced back and forth between a multitude of international accents, as well as languages and genders, I was floored. Deeply impressed by this man's talent. This story was brought to life with his words.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Bramhall experience


    Any additional comments?

    There are some marvelous quotes that come from this book. I would love to listen again just to write them all down. True gems!

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    Jeff 08-01-17
    Jeff 08-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Best book I've listened to"

    Content and narration are on point. I've enjoyed many books on Audible but this is by far the best. I have 4 credits available and I'm listening to Doc: A Novel for the third time.

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    Farmwife68 05-10-17
    Farmwife68 05-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "great storytelling"

    It made me want to visit Dodge City again! Doc was a loveable character. the pain he felt was real.

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    Annie Meeks 05-03-17
    Annie Meeks 05-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great history"

    This author told a more truthful and memorable version of Holiday and the Earps. I enjoyed every line. Thank you for this great story.

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