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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Doria Russell Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Beautifully educated, born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of twenty-two: die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone and everything he loves in the hope that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Young, scared, lonely, and sick, he arrives on the rawest edge of the Texas frontier just as an economic crash wrecks the dreams of a nation. Soon, with few alternatives open to him, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally; he is also living with Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung Hungarian whore with dazzling turquoise eyes, who can quote Latin classics right back at him. Kate makes it her business to find Doc the high-stakes poker games that will support them both in high style. It is Kate who insists that the couple travel to Dodge City, because “that’s where the money is.” And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins—before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the square-jawed, fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology—when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.Authentic, moving, and witty, Mary Doria Russell’s fifth novel redefines these two towering figures of the American West and brings to life an extraordinary cast of historical characters, including Holliday’s unforgettable companion, Kate. First and last, however, Doc is John Henry Holliday’s story, written with compassion, humor, and respect by one of our greatest contemporary storytellers.  Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Grabs us from the opening sentence…Russell makes the narrative hum and the characters come alive.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving—a magnificent read.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred)

  • “If I had a six-shooter…I’d be firing it off in celebration of Doc, Mary Doria Russell’s fantastic new novel about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. Since winning top honors for her science fiction 15 years ago, Russell has blasted her way into one genre after another, and now she’s picked up the old conventions of the Wild West and brought these dusty myths back to life in a deeply sympathetic, aggressively researched, and wonderfully entertaining story.”

    Washington Post

  • “Intense, individual characters, so fully realized that readers can almost physically touch them, fill the novel’s pages…Doc’s restrained but magnificent struggle to rise above the indignities of his disease and of life in Dodge…is one of the delights of this surprisingly luminous and elegant novel.”


  • “Fascinating…Russell’s women are a match for any of the men in Dodge, and their presence at the center of Doc gives the novel an unforced verisimilitude.”

    Plain Dealer

  • “Intoxicating…Doc reads like a movie you can’t wait to watch.”

    Seattle Times

  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 RUSA Reading List Selection for Historical Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb | 2/20/2014

    " Who would think Mary Doria Russell could write such a beautiful portrait of hardened Wild West characters like Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp? She says more of the portrait is true than you might think, and I hope so because of how much I liked these heartbreaking characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martha | 2/11/2014

    " fantastic book, great writing - lots of backstory about Doc Holliday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tamsyn | 2/2/2014

    " Really 4.5-5 rating. More after book club meets! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jo Marie | 1/21/2014

    " I love reading good historical fiction and this is one of the best I have read in a long time. Russell has apparently done a lot of research into the short and tragic life of Doc Holliday. This is wonderful, wise and witty writing. "

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