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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas McGuane Narrator: Traber Burns Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The unforgettable voyager of this dark picaresque is I. B. “Berl” Pickett, MD, whose die was probably cast the moment his mother thought to name him after Irving Berlin. Other insults piled on apace thereafter: the spasms of Pentecostal Sunday worship; the social debilitation of following his parents’ itinerant rug-shampooing business; the erotic initiation at the hands of his aunt. It’s hard to imagine what would have become of him had he not gone to medical school. But there must be meaning to existence beyond professional accreditation, and though scantly equipped, Berl Pickett has been on a mission to find it, despite being charged with negligent homicide in the death of his former lover, a business that lays bare the true benefits of small-town living. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “McGuane adds another rueful portrait to his gallery of flawed masculine types, set, again, in Big Sky Country…Readers who relish McGuane’s signature descriptions of hunting, fishing, birding, and cruising (in a rattletrap Olds Starfire 88) will once again be satisfied with the bard of the Absaroka Mountains’ laid-back take on contemporary American manhood.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Berl Pickett, the feckless doctor, fisherman, lover, and accused murderer who narrates Thomas McGuane’s Driving on the Rim, is a splendid addition to the gallery of semi-cracked eccentrics who populate the literature of the American West…That McGuane is able to build a hugely amusing and even moving novel around such a resounding antihero is testament to the enduring charms of one of the odder careers in American letters.”

    Washington Post

  • “There are riches here, especially sentence by crackling sentence, and McGuane is as good as ever on the redeeming aspects of a troubled country—on diving prairie falcons, the satisfactions of work, and people who tell absurd stories about themselves on their way to growing up.”

    New York Times

  • Selected for the November 2010 Indie Next List
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Black | 2/20/2014

    " I adored this- brilliant "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Larry | 2/10/2014

    " I always liked this author's work, but this book was really awful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeri | 1/29/2014

    " Interesting; good descriptions; fascinating characters. However, with that said, I'm not sure whether I liked the book. It's the story of one man's "journey" in life, starting out as the son of two itinerant people who grows up to become a doctor almost despite them. It's his story of "practicing" in the same small town, accusations of assisted suicide, unrequited love and lust (which is requited) and then a calming ending....set in Montana, I enjoyed much of it because it referenced towns like Harlowtown (where my Dad grew up) and Two Dot, which I never believed existed until I met someone from there. The Montana mind-set and ruggedness certainly adds to the story. Will be anxious to have someone else's "take" on the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 1/21/2014

    " best mcguane in years. only mcguane fiction in years, but quite good. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas McGuane

Thomas McGuane lives on a ranch in McLeod, Montana. He is the author of many novels, several works of nonfiction, and various collections of stories.