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Whiskey When We're Dry

Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (492 ratings)

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Named a Best Book by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, Southern Living, Outside Magazine, Oprah.com, HelloGiggles, Parade, Fodor’s Travel, Sioux City Journal, Read it Forward, Medium.com, and NPR’s All Things Considered

"A thunderclap of originality, here is a fresh voice and fresh take on one of the oldest stories we tell about ourselves as Americans and Westerners. It's riveting in all the right ways - a damn good read that stayed with me long after closing the covers." (Timothy Egan, New York Times best-selling author of The Worst Hard Time)

From a blazing new voice in fiction, a gritty and lyrical American epic about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy and heads west

In the spring of 1885, 17-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess' quest lands her in the employ of the territory's violent, capricious governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah - dead or alive.

Wrestling with her brother's outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

Told in Jess' wholly original and unforgettable voice, Whiskey When We're Dry is a stunning achievement, an epic as expansive as America itself - and a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history.

©2018 John Larison (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Loved It!

I rarely leave reviews, but this was an excellent pairing of story and narrator, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and the last few books I started didn’t really hold my interest, which is unusual for me, so I’m really glad to have found this one. The story was engaging and the the narrator’s voice was perfect, with no mechanical pauses or voices that didn’t fit to pull me out of the story.

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  • Harold
  • Carrollton, TX, United States
  • 09-25-18

A pleasant freshness

Sick of CIA type heroes? Love history accurately shared? It's a good one
I do 2 or 3 books a week, its worth a listen

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The narrator...

Was exquisite. There are many audiobooks that I will not purchase based on the way one narrates...I was excited by this story and SO pleased with the narrator’s incredible articulation and richness in story telling. I will look for more books narrated by her in the future.

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Amazing !

The performance by Sophie Amoss brought this beautifully written novel to life. A book that will always stay with me.

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I did not really like this book

The book started out good and I thought I was really going to like it but then it just went nowhere and the storyline lost me . I couldn’t even finish it

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Incredible

Seldom are skilled prose and a truly moving story blended so into such a captivating paced narrative. The author makes you root for the villain even in one if the most brutal scenes I have ever read.
Don’t miss this one. And the reading in audio version is perfectly toned.

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A wonderful book

I adored this book. The plot is amazing, moving and filled with interesting and complex characters. The main character, a woman sharp shooter, disguised as a man to find her outlaw brother, is one of my favorite books of the year.

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Good narration kept me listening

Long book with lots of unnecessary description, predictable, but good for listening while doing chores.

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Great! But be prepared for things to get rocky!

This is a great book. I was sure it was going to be so to the last moment... it just was a bit excessive at the end. That being said I’m sure that if I’d read the book it wouldn’t have hit me like it did.
Still a great book. Maybe not the best to listen while going to sleep at night...during the last 2 hrs.

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Gritty Western with an Engaging Heroine

A tale of ranchers opportunists and outlaws in the American old west. Lots of whiskey drinkin’, tabacky chawin’, spitten’ and gunplay going on here. The narrator Jesselyn Harney is one tough broad. She decides men get more respect so she disguises as a man. But its her folksy language and keen observations of human nature that make this book interesting. The narrator Sophie Amos voices Jesselyn with a perfect western twang. An lot of action along with gritty violence. Loved it.

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