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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: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307877871
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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!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Oregonian

  • “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

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

    Chicago Tribune

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 1/21/2014

    " Great story about the real Doc Holliday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phhornbuckle | 1/19/2014

    " Not a big fan of westerns, I was surprised to enjoy this book so much. Revealed much about the man and also about the time period. Worth the time invested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne Amborski | 11/13/2013

    " Literate and well researched. Higher literature selection. Story of Doc Holliday before the OK Corral. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renée Doiron | 11/4/2013

    " Amazing character development as with all of her books I have read. My only criticism is that the climax was a bit awkward and rushed in my opinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Myra Horst | 9/8/2013

    " So slow! I gave up. Seemed like it should have been good if it had been 200 pages shorter. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conrad | 8/29/2013

    " Excellent blend of historical detail and story-telling make this a most enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scherry | 8/5/2013

    " Began reading Mary Doria Russell with Sparrow and loved the author. Doc doesn't disappoint! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Frances | 4/4/2013

    " I really liked this book. It is sensitive and thoughtful, and I liked the characterization of Doc and the Earps. Maybe a bit less Kate, who I think is not fully-fleshed. Still, a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 3/15/2013

    " I actually had this one on audioplayer. It was funny and interesting fictional history of Doc Holiday. You have to get past the cussing, but I truely LOL several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevemid | 2/23/2013

    " Compelling reading...but I don't know why. I guess I was waiting for the big shoot out at the OK Corral! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edith Clayton | 1/25/2013

    " I loved this book ... just wish it hadn't ended when it did (when they all decide to get outa Dodge). It would have been awesome to be inside the characters' heads during & after the gunfights in Tomstone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Brown | 9/20/2012

    " makes you think about time and living knowing time is short but then struggling with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Paul | 8/23/2012

    " good story- he was quite a guy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Vanderhart | 2/12/2012

    " Russell does an excellent job of debunking old west legends and stereotypes and portraying the hardscrabble world of Dodge City--of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 11/1/2011

    " Imagine your grandmother wrote a cowboy book, and made it even more boring than you could imagine a grandmother-written cowboy book would be. You'd be halfway to how dull and tepid this book is. Total clunker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 8/5/2011

    " really enjoyed this book about Doc Holiday before Tombstone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 6/1/2011

    " MDR brings the Wild West to life with this entertaining and poignant
    story of Doc Holliday. Interesting, heartbreaking, and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 5/31/2011

    " A slow read, but very interesting to learn the real story of who Doc Holiday Was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/26/2011

    " An intimate portrait of a young man wrestling with his mortality. Russell shows us the more vulnerable, human sides of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 5/26/2011

    " Very good. But then I've liked very much everything that Ms. Russell has written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/25/2011

    " A book that challenges the view of Doc Holiday as a hard, dangerous man, and tries to examine his motivations. OK, but not stellar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Frances | 5/25/2011

    " So far, I think it's her best book since The Sparrow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/21/2011

    " A wonderful well written book. Entertaining and filled with vivid descriptions of Dodge, its lawlessness and the people who lived there. Would have liked to have met Doc Holliday, the Mastersons and the Earps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/18/2011

    " An interesting story, subtle use of language, great characters! I still couldn't get Val Kilmer out of my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/17/2011

    " I love to read a book where the characters themselves tell the story. In this novel, I swear I could hear all the voices of Doc Holliday, the Earp brothers, Katie and all the others telling me about life in Dodge City--great writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 5/16/2011

    " This is the way I like to visit history! Historical fiction is great and this is a good one about Doc Holliday. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell is the author of several books, including The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, and Dreamers of the Day. Her novels have won national and international literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Award, and the American Library Association Readers Choice Award. The Sparrow was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly’s ten best books of the year, and A Thread of Grace was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.