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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (674 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Williams Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek ''an original relation to nature,'' drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies. He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down.

The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisiacal richness. Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time. Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher's Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rod | 1/19/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as Williams' other novels, Stoner and Augustus, which were both two of my absolute favorite books I read this year, but it was nonetheless a very good read despite some slow going for me through the first half. It was really hard for me to get engaged in this book at first for some reason, but that was probably more my fault than the book's; I just don't think I was in the mood for a western when I started it, but I was definitely craving more Williams, so that kept me going. Once the characters found themselves in true jeopardy, snowbound in the mountains, that was where the rubber hit the road for me, and from that point on the rest was gripping. Even through the slow parts, though, Williams' fine prose sustains you. For those looking for a revisionist western/back-to-nature/survival novel that is also a well written piece of literature, you can't go wrong here. I could see it making a fine film adaptation, which it is slated to be in 2013. I look forward to that, if only for the reason that it will garner some more attention for this under-recognized novelist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by The Master | 1/9/2014

    " I don't like westerns, but I liked this one. Big country, big hunting, big dreams -- crashing headlong into the reality of the old west. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bryant | 12/31/2013

    " The weakest of Williams's novels: if you're going to read him (and you should), read Stoner and Augustus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margie | 12/25/2013

    " John Williams wrote Stoner which I enjoyed. So wanted to read something else by him. This was written just as wonderfully. Would read him again. "

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