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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award finalist and Wallace Stegner Award winner Ivan Doig has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his vibrant, authentic tales of the American West. In Work Song he takes listeners to Butte, Montana, in 1919 for the tale of one charmer’s efforts to elude Chicago gangsters.

Stepping off the train in the world’s copper mining capital, Morris Morgan secures a room at the boarding house of an attractive widow he’d like to know better. As the erudite Morris begins working at the local library, he tries not to take sides in the labor dispute at the Anaconda Mining Company. But when he’s mistaken for an undercover union operative, he’s soon caught up in the seething ferment of an iron-fisted company, radical union agitators, and beleaguered miners.

©2010 Ivan Doig (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“Charismatic dialogue and charming homespun characterization”—brilliantly illuminated by Jonathan Hogan’s compelling narration—“make [ Work Song] another surefire winner” ( Publishers Weekly).
"More atmospheric, pleasingly old-fashioned storytelling from Doig, whose ear for the way people spoke and thought in times gone by is as faultless as ever.” ( Kirkus Reviews)

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I read the whistling season a few years back and really liked the book. I liked the writing/prose and the story. I have read a couple of other books Ivan Doig and liked one and hated the other( the eleventh Man ).

Morie was a great character in the whistling season and he is brought back as the main character in this book. He steps off the train and into this book with all his wit, charm and brass knuckles. How could such an educated man be working in a mining town as a undertakers cryer? only Morris Morgan can.

I thing Ivan Doig is a great story teller. He brought the city to life in my mine and it was if I could have been right there and felt the blast of dynamite under the boarding house. When I heard "Ignoramus, I am the librarian!" I knew that Ivan had Created another larger than life character in Samuel S. Sandison. Maybe he will write his story next

I thought the Narrator did a great job. His voice was just right for the book. Good tone and inflection and no grandiose, over the top reading.

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good follow-up to The Whistling Season

This was a great continuation of the story Doig began in "The Whistling Season," although I wish I had known about this book when I listened to WS several years ago so that I remembered the original story better. Doig weaves a wonderful tale and you continue to connect with Mortie as he now finds himself in Butte, MT. Whose life will he change? How will his life change? What problems might he cause? What odd facts might he spout? Read this book and continue to enjoy.

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Loved the story

Loved the story as well as the narration. Jonathan Hogan gave a spectacular performance of this wonderful Ivan Doig story. This is the second book in the trilogy,. I look forward to hearing more about Morrie Mogan and Montana in Sweet Thunder.

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Another dandy!

I quite liked this. Not my favorite reader, but the story was smooth. Now to go back and listen to Sweet Thunder!