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Martin Marten

A Novel
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Dave is 14 years old, living with his family in a cabin on Oregon's Mount Hood (or as he prefers to call it, like the Multnomah tribal peoples once did, Wy'east). Dave will soon enter high school, with adulthood and a future not far off - a future away from his mother, father, his precocious younger sister, and the wilderness where he's lived all his life.

And Dave is not the only one approaching adulthood and its freedoms on Wy'east that summer. Martin, a pine marten (of the mustelid family), is leaving his own mother and siblings and setting off on his own as well.

As Dave and Martin set off on their own adventures, their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of Oregon's soaring mountain wilderness in search of life, family, friends, enemies, wonder, mystery, and good things to eat?

Martin Marten is a braided coming-of-age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle's joyous, rollicking style.

©2015 Brian Doyle (P)2017 Tantor

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A beautifully written tale

Doyle once again captured a true sense of communal harmony with nature, creating a balanced perspective that shares both human and animal personas. The warmth, authenticity and humor expressed in his storytelling is totally engaging. This writer will be sorely missed by so many devoted readers.

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Captivated to the end

I liked the feeling of the book. The characters just walked right in & made themselves at home in my world. I had read & loved Mink River so was fully prepared to love this one. Mr. Doyle is a gifted wordsmith & obviously knows a great deal about wild life. I learned something on nearly every page. He makes us aware of our responsibilities for our earth without preaching. Well done.