adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $27.99

Buy for $27.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, debuted in Doig’s best-selling book The Whistling Season, promises to be less a windfall than a money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems - like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion. These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for The Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well - the struggle to win lasting love for himself.

©2013 Ivan Doig (P)2013 Recorded Books

What listeners say about Sweet Thunder: A Novel

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    98
  • 4 Stars
    54
  • 3 Stars
    25
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    96
  • 4 Stars
    40
  • 3 Stars
    18
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    77
  • 4 Stars
    52
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Ivan Doig at his best

If you could sum up Sweet Thunder: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, thoughtful, intelligent

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the characters and the events that take place in their lives. This is the third book I've read with Maury Morgan as a character (the others were "Whistling Season" and "Work Song"). He is one of the most interesting characters I've ever experienced. He is smart, has values, and has to work through a life in which trouble seems to find him. I always wonder how he'll manage to get out of the situations in which he finds himself. I know he will, but I love hearing him do it. This is an example of Doig's talent to write a book without using foul language which I can't say about all of his books. I like the clean ones so much better. I love that this character is smart and uses his wits to solve problems. I also love the subtle exposure to the history of a time long gone. Great book!

What does Jonathan Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator's voice was pleasing to listen to and I lost myself in the story. I think he is perfect for Maury and also makes the other characters believable. My time at the gym flew by while listening to this book. I love the different voices including the ones with accents. The female voices didn't feel forced. Loved his narration!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Butte at its best!

Haven't been there and may never visit that City of Copper but no matter, I've lived there now for a week or two and so, will henceforth think of myself as a true Buttean. And I'd suggest you do too.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Another great story from Doig

The historic details that are provided through the story about Butte and Anaconda's control of Montana are spot on. Having lived in Montana and travelled through Butte, it's easy to "see" the characters play out their lives in this tumultuous backdrop. I'm a long-time fan of Ivan Doig and pretty much enjoy anything he writes!

However, I did NOT enjoy the narrator of this audio version. His inflection was often off and there was little or no differentiation between characters. I found myself repeating the lines after him in what I thought would have been a much better cadence or emphasis, I was that unhappy with his performance. The story itself kept me listening but the narration was grating.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable but not enough punch

I enjoyed learning a little about the copper industry in Montana, but I did feel that the story could have been much more dramatic.

I liked the characters of Russian Famine and Grace but ultimately felt that their actions were not consistent with the way they were drawn out initially. I needed more plausible reasons for their actions.

I thought the ending of the book - Famine's resolution and Grace and Morrie's situation - were weak. I enjoyed the book while listening to it but ultimately wish it had somehow packed more punch.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

What Fun!

This book is just fun. The characters are a hoot. I would recommend reading/listening to Work Song first. (which is also delightful).

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Least favorite of The Whistling Season trilogy

Morrie Morgan was running out of lives, and I was running out of patience. Way over the top with near-death experiences, Grace’s disgust with her husband, and Morrie the savior of every difficult situation faced by the miners, the town library and the newspaper. Entertaining at times, I couldn’t wait for it to end.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Butte vs Anaconda

Having grown up in Anaconda and always being warned by my parents to be careful of THOSE people from Butte. I found the book a great perspective from those Butte characters.
Diog captured the culture of Butte in a manner that respected the hard working and family caring people.
I found the comment about the scoundrel who estimated the poundage of the ore to be interesting as that was my Dad's job for over forty years. He would make comments that the goofy guy in Butte didn't know what they were talking about when it came to the poundage!
My grandfather was recruited by the ACM to work in Anaconda. He and three brothers came from Ireland. They traveled by train to Butte stopping in Chicago for a beer. The story brought back many memories of good people and the struggles of living in a union city.






  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

OK story, way too much flower language

I still think this authors Masterpiece was the last bus to wisdom. I liked it enough that I bought the next to in series and they just went downhill period in this third book the story is just okay, nothing terribly special but the entire thing is filled with so much flowery language that it seems like the author's only intent is to prove what an exceptional writer he is. who knows, you might like it but it's not my cup of tea.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Morgan #3

Another Morrie Morgan tale told by that wonderful story teller, Ivan Doig. We leave Morrie with a quieter life as a librarian instead of a mob-fleeing man of adventure.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

can't miss with I. Doig

I always enjoy the story the prose and the humor. And also love the reader.