Legends of the Fall

Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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From one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers, Legends of the Fall is Jim Harrison's classic trilogy of epic novellas.

The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels - Legends of the Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name - confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

Set in the Rocky Mountains, Legends of the Fall is the epic tale of three brothers and their lives of passion, madness, exploration, and danger at the beginning of World War I. In Revenge, love causes the course of a man's life to be savagely and irrevocably altered. And in The Man Who Gave Up His Name, a man named Nordstrom is unable to relinquish his consuming obsessions with women, dancing, and food.

©1980 Jim Harrison (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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So much more then a movie could ever hope to capture

This is a post midlife MASTERPIECE!
3 embraceable stories that will fill you with contemplation and rip at your soul.
Few books have I ever read that I felt I would return to over and over for the rest of my life

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Not as good as I hoped.

For me the dust story was the best. Then it was down hill from there. Other reviews say the opposite. But at the end of book, I felt nothing.

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Cello music

I chose this book because I have watched “Legends of the Fall” movie countless times, and because Mark Bramhall is one of my favorite narrators. Ranking the three novellas, I thought “Legends” was the best overall story, “Revenge” the one that affected me the deepest, and “The Man Who Gave Up His Name” the least relatable (making it 4 stars instead of 5). If you are already familiar with “Legends” and “Revenge” from their movies, know that the source stories told here are not straight repeats, but still wonderfully written. “Revenge” in particular provided strong characters in Cochran and Tibby.

Strongly masculine tales, there is a common thread of midlife self-doubt and sense of loss that could become depressing if Harrison’s writing was less masterful. If the stories had a soundtrack, it would be the beautiful but melancholy music of the cello – expressing a soulful yearning that communicates to the reader. Bramhall's reading ensures the cello is pitch perfect. I loved the stories, admired the writing, and will likely look for more of Harrison’s offerings.

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Astonishing...

One of the most beautiful written things I've ever had the pleasure to read/listen too...

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great book

really enjoyed this book feel as if it ended a little earlier than need. I was really enjoy elongated it.

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A must read to understand recent American nobels

Jim does an outstanding job composing this tree books. The detail that he brings to the story as well as the reach vocabulary and geographical relation is outstanding. I have listen to this series. 4 times in the last year. And I have found new paths the the imagination each time. Mark also does a perfect job on the story telling. fantastic convo

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So different!<br /><br />

Well, sorry I am a romantic! I loved the movie.
The book was disappointing to me. It was completely different! I almost didn't recognize it.
I also thought this was the most sloppy of the three novellas.

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Good Narrator for Amazing Work

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Jim Harrison was at the top of his game when he wrote these three novellas. The title story is the most famous, and it is deserving of its fame, but the other two are just as good. They don't get the same attention, probably because they aren't set during WW1 and Prohibition. They are worth hearing.
Mark Bramhall has a very good voice for Harrison's characters. He's appropriately gravelly.

Jim Harrison was one of our finest authors, and I wish more of his older stuff was on audiobooks.

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One if my favorites

An amazing story. I own the book, audio and movie. The author captures the attention of the reader within the first paragraph of most all of his stories. well worth reading

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Read legends of the fall for legends of the fall

The first story was okay, the second one was not great, but it was all worth it for the third novella that bears the name of the this trilogy, the legends of the fall.

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  • 03-28-14

Definately not Legends of the falls the movie!!

What did you like best about Legends of the Fall? What did you like least?

This was bought on the premise of it being the same as the move The legends of the falls however it has nothing whatsoever to do with it. It is totally different .

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  • 10-15-18

Wrong Book!

I downloaded ‘Legends of The Fall’ but instead this link is for a novel I think is called ‘Revenge’. Please fix the link to ‘Legends of The Fall’