• The Good Rain

  • Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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The Good Rain

By: Timothy Egan
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics.

©1990 Timothy Egan (P)2016 Brilliance Audio
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White man bad, capitalism bad

White man bad, capitalism bad...
A few good moments, though dated with the typical Northwest ideological undercurrents. The narration needs to be remastered to account for an abrasive auditory experience.

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  • 04-12-20

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i enjoyed the compilation of recent Pacific NW natural history and human history and intervention. Ilike Egan's writing style. However, the 'storyline' was disjointed. I did not enjoy the narrator's voice and her mispronounced many PNW names and words.

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Excellent book

I am from the NW and was extremely interested in this book. I have two corrections for the narrator. Couer’d Alene is pronounced with a long A not an e. The other is that geoduck is pronounced gooey duck. These are minor, I realize but substantial if raised here!

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Learn the Regional Pronunciations!

It is distracting, especially for a book about a specific region, to have the reader mispronounce common regional areas.

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Wonderful

A very informative and interesting look at the history of various aspects of the Pacific NW. A lot having to do with nature and the Native American culture of the area.

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Great stories, full of history. Overall, the book is terribly depressing, but that isn’t what nearly caused my abandonment. It was the narrator’s frequent mispronunciation of PNW place names! It was distracting to the point that I found myself loudly correcting his errors in the second half of the book. Most were place names, Alki, Puyallup, etc., but GEOduck, repeatedly, took the cake. A little homework could have made this a much more satisfying listen.

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Egan at his best!

Brilliantly researched and written!
Brilliantly acted!
Brilliantly produced!
As an aging baby boomer who has lived in the PNW FOR 7 decades, this was an amazing eye opener!

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Egan is a wonderful storyteller!

This engaging retelling of Pacific Northwest history, via Egan’s travels through Oregon, Washington and a smidgeon of British Columbia, is both entertaining and educational.

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Pacific northwest deep dive

If you really wanna understand the Pacific Northwest it’s natural history its people, the land etc this is a good read as It’s been a “classic” for over three decades.

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Great Story; Fabulous Reader

Timothy Egan’s concise and lively re-telling of the rapacious history of the Pacific Northwest is brought to life by one of the best Audible readers, Grover Gardner.

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