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3.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 53.41 out of 5 3.41 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Doig Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Acclaimed for his beloved Montana trilogy, National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig crafts masterful portraits of life in rural Big Sky Country. Set in the 1930s, Bucking the Sun follows the Duff clan during the construction of the Fort Peck Dam. Hugh Duff is angry that the dam will flood his farm, yet his sons hasten to get jobs working on the project.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunny | 2/13/2014

    " Doig is almost always worth reading and this novel is no exception. His feel for location is remarkable for its ability to define and both characters and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/4/2014

    " Ivan Doig's writing is so rich - rich in information, relationships, emotions. In Bucking the Sun he fascinated me with descriptions of the building of the country's (world's?) largest earth damn, one of the WPA, get the country back to work projects during Roosevelts tenure. And the family of 3 brothers whose family farm is due to be flooded by the dam is a rough and tumble, real life family of love and tension. There's a murder described at the beginning that actually occurs at the end so you are kept from knowing the conclusion through the story. And while it keeps you wondering, it's a very small part of the tale. Finally, it seems almost like a publisher's insistence to lure the reader through 400 pages of dam building. It wasn't necessary. Doig's descriptions of life stand proudly and so easily on their own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole Rottinghaus | 2/3/2014

    " This was good. Not GREAT, but I really enjoyed it. I love the setting, the history, Doig's wonderful writing style, and especially the engineering piece of the story (so cool to read a book about an engineer, especially one from MSU). The book drew me in quickly and kept me engaged, but I found the ending disappointing - a huge twist, and little explanation... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 1/30/2014

    " Concise, sharp look at a family struggling with economic changes. The sparse descriptive language is intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 1/24/2014

    " Ivan Doig's prose is witty but dry. I had a hard time getting through this one. I think I read about ten other books while I read Bucking the Sun. I felt like I had built the Fort Peck dam myself. It is educational and a part of history mostly unbeknownst to me, i.e. Montana in the 1930s in FDR's reconstruction projects. It's set up as a murder mystery, and the ending was, indeed, surprising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/10/2014

    " It is a good story, draws you in from the start. BUT I am a bit embarrassed that I even read this book. I thought about not posting it, there is A LOT of language and quite a bit of sexual content as well. Some may be fine, but it was too much for me. I just had to know who died, so I kept going. Probably shouldn't have... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 1/7/2014

    " Ivan Doig is back to Montana, this time in the 1930's. Follow the construction of the Fort Peck Dam in east central Montana. I liked that historical aspect of it. Also interesting plotting techniques, jumping between timelines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie | 1/5/2014

    " Interesting view of that time in our history when we started building dams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Kordash | 12/30/2013

    " Read this one. All his books are good. most are set in Montana. Chchchchcheck it out pimp! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Eldridge | 12/28/2013

    " Though not as good as other Doig work, this depression era murder story is still pretty entertaining, though hardly as warm and fuzzy as his Montana trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 12/20/2013

    " Outstanding historical fiction; research for this book is phenomenal, and the story is pure Doig. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 11/24/2013

    " After reading this, I had to make a trip to Fort Peck Dam to see it for myself. Well worth it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rae | 11/23/2013

    " I really tried to enjoy this novel but just couldn't get through it. The sad thing is that I really can't pinpoint why I didn't like it. It is the story of a homesteading family from Montana who end up working on a dam on the Missouri River. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 11/12/2013

    " A good historical novel like this book is the best of both worlds. You get a good story as well as a history lesson. No one does this as well as Doig, one of my favorite writers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Babcock | 4/3/2013

    " Didn't like this one as much as his other books...maybe because the imagery of the mined land is too painful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Fouhse | 1/29/2013

    " This book was SO good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 12/10/2012

    " A good listen. Fort Peck dam -- which sounds like Hoover dam construction and the familiar family of Doig's saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 9/23/2012

    " interesting reading about the building of the earthen dam "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 7/15/2012

    " A tale of family and the building of the Fort Peck dam. Didn't put me in touch with the landscape like some of Doig's previous books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Anderson | 6/5/2012

    " required reading for a board meeting. Not Doig at his best (and lots of odd sex) but the history of the construction of the Fort Peck dam is certainly fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 5/20/2012

    " What a great book - all those wonderful characters and learn more about buiding a dam than one ever needss to know but the suspense - kept me turning pages until the end. So happy that I have found this author and intend to read more of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/23/2011

    " Excellent writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/14/2011

    " Wish the author had provided more explanation about the technicalities of dam building. I'm still confused. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Faires | 10/16/2011

    " Wanted to like it and thought the storyline was decent. Just never got riveting. I was disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 9/1/2011

    " What a great book - all those wonderful characters and learn more about buiding a dam than one ever needss to know but the suspense - kept me turning pages until the end. So happy that I have found this author and intend to read more of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunny | 4/7/2011

    " Doig is almost always worth reading and this novel is no exception. His feel for location is remarkable for its ability to define and both characters and plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/28/2011

    " Didn't like this one as much as his other books...maybe because the imagery of the mined land is too painful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dalepat | 9/30/2010

    " Concise, sharp look at a family struggling with economic changes. The sparse descriptive language is intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 8/7/2010

    " interesting reading about the building of the earthen dam "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 6/14/2010

    " required reading for a board meeting. Not Doig at his best (and lots of odd sex) but the history of the construction of the Fort Peck dam is certainly fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/10/2010

    " Ivan Doig is my favorite author and this is my favorite book by Ivan Doig. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 9/7/2009

    " Not my fave or the Doig books, although even as I type that I can picture some of the landscapes he describes so well (he really brought the WPA work camp to life for me) - which is what always makes me read whatever I can find of his on the shelf. The Rascal Fair series is still my fave though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2009

    " Wish the author had provided more explanation about the technicalities of dam building. I'm still confused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/11/2009

    " Though not as good as other Doig work, this depression era murder story is still pretty entertaining, though hardly as warm and fuzzy as his Montana trilogy. "

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About the Author
Author Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig is the author of over a dozen books, including the Indiebound bestseller Work Song, the classic memoir This House of Sky, and the acclaimed Montana trilogy. He has been a National Book Award finalist and has received the Wallace Stegner Award, among many other honors. He lives in Seattle.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.