• The Woman Who Married a Bear

  • A Cecil Younger Investigation, Book 1
  • By: John Straley
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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The Woman Who Married a Bear

By: John Straley
Narrated by: David Chandler
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Cecil Younger, local Alaskan investigator, is neither good at his job nor great at staying sober. When an old Tlingit woman, unimpressed by the police's investigation, hires him to discover why her son, a big-game guide, was murdered, he takes the case without much conviction that he'll discover anything new. 

But after a failed assassination attempt and the discovery of previously missed evidence, Younger finds himself traveling across Alaska to discover the truth in the midst of conspiracies, politics, and Tlingit mythology. High drama meets local color as Cecil Younger works to uncover the motive and identity of the killer.

©1992 John Straley (P)2018 Recorded Books

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good story and good performance

I really enjoyed John's trailer I'd read this a long time ago but during this particular time it's nice to open up and read an old friend he has a great writing style and a pretty tragic character who tries to do good. the performance was good

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Wedding Cake

The story was beautifully written. The detailed descriptions of Alaska made me almost feel like I was there. But. Most of the descriptions, about 80%, did absolutely nothing to further the story. It was like eating a slice of wedding cake, working my way through inches of sweet, buttery icing, to get to a few inches of actual cake. The main character was not a sympathetic individual, a grown man with serious daddy issues and a drinking problem and a self destructive streak a mile wide. And when you get right down to it, the plot itself really did not make much sense. The motivation just was not credible. It's worth listening to just for the sake of the prose but I will probably not be looking for anything else from this writer.

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love the main story

I loved the story but there are to many "squirrel " moments. sometimes there seemed like a whole chapter that had no tie to the story. over all I liked it

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  • Marianne Caton
  • 06-30-21

pretty good

I was a big fan of the written books and loved the Alaskan setting so am re-reading them on Audible. I generally avoid American accent narrators but this one was very good, probably because this is the first US novel I've listened to haha. Cecil Younger, the detective, seems to bring out the worst in everybody he encounters. I enjoyed the book.

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  • Christine
  • 03-12-22

Average Read

Although beautifully atmospherically expressive, the story is scattered and flat. A bit like the lack of dimensionality in its main character.

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  • Fiona
  • 05-28-22

Cecil Younger might just become one of my favourite PIs

Cecil Younger is a private investigator who reads Wendell Berry, is a drunk hellbent on sabotaging everything good in his life (like his relationship with his ex who gave him a book of Wendell Berry poetry that he carries around with him and leaves on park benches; cause nobody in Sitka is going to steal a book of poetry). However you can’t help liking Cecil. I am keen to read more in the series based on this first one