• The Wandering Hill

  • Volume 2 of The Berrybender Narratives
  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (395 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $27.93

Buy for $27.93

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 Wandering Hill, Larry McMurtry continues the story of Tasmin Berrybender and her family in the unexplored Wild West of the 1830s, at that point in time when Lewis and Clark are still a living memory, and when the clash between the powerful Indian tribes of the Missouri and the encroaching white Americans is about to turn into full-blown tragedy.

Amidst all this, the Berrybender family - English, eccentric, wealthy, and fiercely out of place - continues their journey of exploration, although beset by difficulties, tragedies, and the increasing hardships of day-to-day survival.

Abandoning their luxurious steamer, which is stuck in the ice near the Knife River, they make their way overland to the confluence of the Missouri and the Yellowstone. Tasmin is about to become a mother, living with the elusive young mountain man Jim Snow. Theirs is a great love affair, lived out in conditions of great risk.

From the murder of the iced-in steamship's crew to the appearance of the Partezon, a particularly blood-thirsty Sioux warrior with a band of over two hundred, The Wandering Hill is at once literature on a grand scale and riveting entertainment by a master storyteller.

Listen to the other books in Larry McMurtry's Berrybender saga.
©2003 Larry McMurty (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"As in any McMurtry novel, each character the reader meets has glorious quirks, and Alfred Molina gives an understated, eloquent performance that allows the language to shine....A larger-than-life American adventure." (AudioFile)

What listeners say about The Wandering Hill

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    226
  • 4 Stars
    103
  • 3 Stars
    45
  • 2 Stars
    14
  • 1 Stars
    7
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    206
  • 4 Stars
    42
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    170
  • 4 Stars
    59
  • 3 Stars
    33
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    3

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

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

The Wandering Hill

This is the second book in the continuing saga of the Berrybender 'tribe'. Even though the Berrybenders are Englishmen (and definitely WOMEN) to the core, this is a very accurate appellation since they seem to bring with them their version of reality to the untamed wilderness of early America. The characters and circumstances are so rich and novel, the author brings them alive to the point that I feel an active loathing and equal admiration for a number of the characters. This is a wonderful 'listen' that I recommend to all.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding

This installment is even better than the first, Sin Killer. The combination of McMurtry's writing and Molina's versitile performance makes for great listening. It is truly like "watching" a wonderful play when listening to this book. I am not one to go on with superlatives, but this production was outstanding.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Delightfully quirky!

Always a fan of Larry McMurtry's prose, I felt I hit the mother lode with the Berrybender trilogy. As much as I enjoyed the entry book, The Sin Killer, The Wandering Hill expands the characters and "gives them flesh" and as annoying as they can be individually at times, their combinations--and conversations--often made me chuckle out loud. In true McMurtry style there is plenty of hard realism but the reader cannot help but feel he has learned a great deal about the era on which the author expounds, the American frontier. To me, however, the savvy language, the unexpected courage and resolve the characters show, and their unbelievable resilience make this one of the most enjoyable reads I've had. The narrator has an almost inexhaustible supply of voices and accents as well, and adds mightily to the book's enjoyment.

2 people found this helpful

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

Disappointed

Hoping McMurtry would be great. Very disappointed. Too many characters in an oddball setting. This was even worse than Sin Killer.

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

Alfred Molina gives excellent narration

Alfred Molina is superb. The story is a sequel to Sin Killer and adds some colorful new characters. The story still does not develop the character of Jim Snow or Tasmine as they adventure. It also is heavy laden with the authors like of eroticism regarding breast feeding.

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

Wonderful Listen

An interesting story, intriguing characters, well written, great voice narration. Highly recommended. Larry McMurtry was a treasure and created an amazing body of work.

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

love this book

Wandering Hill has great adventure and hilarious family. highly recommend over book 1. love it

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

Second time around

This is my second time through this series. Enjoyed it as much if not more this time than the last.

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

Good Story, Well Told

As always, McMurtry doesn't disappoint, and Molina's performance brings the characters to life. Superbly engaging.

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

Bolder than life

I absolutely love the Berrybenders. they are wonderfully bold and colorful. Each character makes you love them or despise them. So much unpredictable excitement. Find myself hanging there waiting for the next sentence to be read.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Baz Borozitch
  • Baz Borozitch
  • 06-13-22

The Tale Continues

Another great yarn, or series of yarns , from the master story teller. A perfect follow on from the first installment, at once whimsical and yet brutal.
A perfect narration transports the listener to another time and place.
This feels like the authentic Western to me.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-26-16

Good story.

I don't like the way it starts a chapter with a sentence that is repeated during the chapter