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The Bartender's Tale Audiobook

The Bartender's Tale

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fiction, 2013

Time and again, Ivan Doig has proven himself to be a treasure of American letters. Critical darlings and New York Times best sellers, his novels target the heart of the human experience and never miss the mark.

The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.

As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.

©2012 Ivan Doig (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    "Original Father/Son Story You Don't Want to Miss!"

    As far as contemporary fiction goes, this one gets 5 Stars. The original storyline introduces us to a single father, whose son is being raised, unhappily, by an aunt. The father makes a decision to bring his son home, and together, they grow up running a bar. A wonderful father and son story that is not ruined by stereotypes or over the top emotion. Characters are rich and unique. Even though the storyline spans a couple of decades, the author presents it as just a "slice of life." Contemporary fiction isn't often my thing, but this book was. David Aaron Baker was absolutely the perfect choice for narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jbug Atlanta, GA 03-19-13
    Jbug Atlanta, GA 03-19-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Fabulous listen. Loved the Story and Characters"

    My father recently passed away and Tom Harry (the bartender) reminded me so much of my dad with his sayings and philosophy — don't do anything stupid. The narrator is terrific. The writing style makes this a very easy listen. Highly recommend.

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    Tim Burke, VA, USA 04-07-13
    Tim Burke, VA, USA 04-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting, but uninpiring"

    The narration of this book was excellent. The story in this book is unfulfilling. There were some interesting aspects to the story in that you get a sense of life in Montana's rugged country, and some other historical peeks, but the personal story that is interwoven with some fairly interesting characters reads flat to me and I just can't recommend this as a good read/listen. I couldn't stop listening because I was hoping for some vim and vigor which never occurred. I also compared notes with a sibling that read the book at the same time that I listened to it and we were both disappointed.

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    School Nurse Cindy WV 03-19-13 Member Since 2017

    I've been listening to audio books for years and have been an audible subscriber for ? 10 years maybe? A long time anyway.

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    "Didn't expect this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bartender's Tale to be better than the print version?

    I cannot answer this question as I've only listened to it.


    What other book might you compare The Bartender's Tale to and why?

    Hmmm...name any autobiography. The place and timing are a bit different from most I've read however.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm actually not finished yet. That is how strongly I feel about this book. I love the father's gruff but loving words of advise. I love Rusty's description of his favorite room in 'the joint'.


    If you could rename The Bartender's Tale, what would you call it?

    Well, so far, it really isn't the Bartender's tale, but Rusty, the son's tale. But, I don't think I'd change it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm anxious to share this book with my friend who is a native of Montana. I've read several books that take place in Wyoming, but none in Montana, so I'm enjoying learning a little bit about it's description and a little history.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Slavka Bishoff 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic story"

    This story was excellent, kept me wanting more and more. Narration was incredible. Thumbs up!!

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    Lee Riffel 09-14-17
    Lee Riffel 09-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "entertaining and historically interesting"

    this story both entertained and inspired me to want to visit historic fort peck reservoir

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    "Nothing special"

    This boy's coming of age story started with charming promise and then lost wind and dragged along. I had nothing better to listen to at the moment so I kept listening, but it is a completely forgettable.

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    maureen Tracy 06-18-16
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    "easy reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this book has good history interesting characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rusty, the son story was told through his eyes as a child, very clear and honest


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    great inflection


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when rusty saved Delano


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    EBONEE WINDSOR MILL, MD, United States 05-31-16
    EBONEE WINDSOR MILL, MD, United States 05-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "a sweet listening"

    I love this book from beginning to end. this is how you tell a story.

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    Bob 04-27-16
    Bob 04-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I prefer chicken guts to this book"

    pretty tough to make it through this book: slow, 1D characters, phony western style, no one has ever fished for trout with "chicken guts" acc if they did, they wouldn't call it chicken guts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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