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The Whistling Season Audiobook

The Whistling Season

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Publisher's Summary

When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular".

A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

©2006 Ivan Doig; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"The Whistling Season is a book to pass on to your favorite readers: a story of lives of active choice, lived actively." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 10-30-12
    Sandy Norman, OK, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good not stay interested"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure


    What could Ivan Doig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was slow. It needed to move faster with a narrator that wasn't monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stay interested long enough to get far into the book so I have no additional comments.

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    Daniel Silva San Rafael, CA 10-01-12
    Daniel Silva San Rafael, CA 10-01-12 Member Since 2017
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    "I was captivated"
    What made the experience of listening to The Whistling Season the most enjoyable?

    Doig is a great story-teller. I found myself seeking escape from the cynical, often depressing stories in the daily news by diving into this book. It describes a time in the early 20th century, in Montana, when life, if not easy, was simpler. The pace is slow, but the dry western wit that pervades the writing kept it from being boring. At first I found the narrator's hard, nasal voice hard to take, but it grew on me, and finally seemed completely appropriate for this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading other books by Doig. I am reading the Rascal Fair now and loving it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bennettlo Seattle, Wa 09-18-12
    bennettlo Seattle, Wa 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Pleasant Story"

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who likes A Prairie Home Companion or Bill Cosby's early storytelling style -- not that it's a comedy. I enjoyed the story, but didn't love it.

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    Virginia 03-13-12
    Virginia 03-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I cannot wait to recommend this book first to my dad who grew up on a wheat farm in Eastern Oregon and second to my book club. I loved the story, the characters (Morrie was my favorite) and my highest praise goes to the narrator, Jonathan Hogan. He was a delight to listen to and the folksy charm in his voice was the perfect match for this story. He reminds me of the man who used to narrate the Wonderful World of Disney shows on Sunday night.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was beautifully written - I felt completely transported to that time and place. I loved the sweet relationship between the brothers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to decide but I loved the wrong-end-to horse race.


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

    Several times I teared up while listening. Particularly during the scene when Paul goes out to the pump at the school house and reflects on all the horse paths which lead to the school.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-09-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "Doig does it again!"

    This book reminded me of the Anne of Green Gables series, but more male-oriented. It is a story from simpler times, more particularly, of a widowed farmer in Montana during the early 1900's, told from the point of view and remembrances of his 13 year old son. No one does Montana better than Doig, and if you like this type of fiction, I highly recommend this book.
    I think the narrator fit the story very well, too.

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    Amazon Customer 01-30-12
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    "Be prepared to yawn"
    What disappointed you about The Whistling Season?

    It was a flat line-no ups no downs-just monotone reflection from the perspective of a kid, embellished with an occasional impressive show of vocabulary. I've never read anything from this author and doubt seriously that I ever will again. It was quaint, but didn't even get me to heartwarming-it was actually painful to get through at times.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, I don't think he could've done much else with the material he had to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    Nancy United States 01-21-12
    Nancy United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    I had no idea what to expect from this book or this author and was very pleasantly surprised for the first 11 hours. During the last a good listen became a really stupid story.

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    Janet 01-17-12
    Janet 01-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brings education alive."

    I wish all teacher's could/should read this. I've never listened to any other books from Mr. Doing, but I be in the future. It was not what I had anticipated, but better. A plot that kept you guessing and story that was very heart warming. This was a very surprising book. Share it with a teacher. Janet

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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 11-22-11
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartwarming"

    After listening to numerous books son WWII, this was such a pleasant break. This is an easy book to listen to. There is lots of love in the family.

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    Kim 11-22-11
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    "A nice visit"

    I loved the narrator of the book. His voice was perfect with the mood of the story. It was a great book and I felt a little "old timey" while listening. The last chapter has an interesting twist. Still don't know if I liked it or not. Hmmmm.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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