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Editorial Reviews

Writers like Jim Harrison and Richard Ford offer their thoughts on hunting dogs in this star-studded essay collection from editors Robert DeMott and Dave Smith.

In "Old dog", Rick Bass writes affectingly about dealing with the mortality of his beloved hound dog. Clyde Edgerton writes about his relationship with his dog-owning father and his beloved English pointer in "Bird Dog Ben". Newscaster Tom Brokaw tells the story about his two Labrador retrievers and taking up hunting again after a decades-long hiatus in "Last Dance for the Ladies".

Bryan Brendle unifies the affectionate essays about man’s best friend found in Afield with his rounded, resonant delivery.

Publisher's Summary

Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Richard Ford, Tom Brokaw, and more share stories of hunting with man’s best friend.

This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about every outdoorsman’s favorite and most loyal hunting partner: his dog. For the first time, the stories of acclaimed writers such as Richard Ford, Tom Brokaw, Howell Raines, Rick Bass, Sydney Lea, Jim Harrison, Tom McGuane, Phil Caputo, and Chris Camuto come together in one collection. Hunters and non-hunters alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of owning dogs: companionship, triumph, joy, forgiveness, and loss.

The hunter’s outdoor spirit meets the writer’s passion for detail in these honest, fresh pieces of storytelling. Here are the days spent on the trail, shotgun in hand with Fido on point - the thrills and memories that fill the hearts of bird hunters. Here is the perfect gift for dog lovers, hunters, and bibliophiles of every makeup. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the wild spirit of dogs and those who love them.

©2010 Robert DeMott and Dave Smith (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Great stories. Poor performance.

The stories are well written sporting memoirs. How ever the voice actor is flat and seems unable to correctly pronounce a number of rudimentary words.

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Fair Story, Narration Lacks

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The narrator definitely speaks with emotion / passion, however he is intense ALL the time. Thus, his tone becomes a monotonous, intense, drone. Furthermore, it is very obvious he's reading the text. This is underscored by several mispronunciations that are common to the hunting world and / or wouldn't have been mispronounced in regular conversation. The effect was the narration was just too wearisome to listen.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bryan Brendle?

David McCullough. This story needs an easy going voice of an old bird hunter who's sitting on a rocking chair in front of the Feed Store.

Could you see Afield being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, it's not set up like that. It's a series of stories, not one continuous story in itself. Also, it's too philosophical to create into a TV series / movie.

Any additional comments?

I listened to Afield before I've read it (I haven't read it yet). It sounds like a good story, thus, it may be better to read it than listen to this version.