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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Graves Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A three-week trip down the Brazos River, into which is woven a history of the people who have lived along its banks-Indians, settlers, warriors, and wanderers.

In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged ancestors had eked out an existence there. Graves therefore decided to visit that stretch of the river, which he had known intimately as a youth.

Goodbye to a River is his account of that farewell canoe voyage. As he braves rapids and fatigue and the fickle autumn weather, he muses upon old blood feuds of the region and violent skirmishes with native tribes and retells wild stories of courage and cowardice and deceit that shaped both the river’s people and the land during frontier times and later.

Nearly half a century after its initial publication, Goodbye to a River is a true American classic, a vivid narrative about an exciting journey and a powerful tribute to a vanishing way of life and its ever-changing natural environment.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most pleasing books I’ve ever read. I love the way it weaves together remote history, not so remote history, present events, and landscape.”

    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

  • “John Graves’ writing is invaluable…The reader who misses Graves will have missed much.”

    Larry McMurtry, New York Times bestselling author of Lonesome Dove

  • “Graves’ originality and flair turn this local scene and regional lore into an honest and powerfully evocative picture of frontier life anywhere.”

    Chicago Sunday Tribune

  • “As you read, you have the feeling that the whole colorful, brutal tapestry of the Lone Star State is being unrolled for you out of the biography of this one stream.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Henry Strozier’s dry, definitive tones cause no misgivings as to historical or even geological veracity. This journey along the condemned river in chilly November is both a poignant farewell and an anecdotal history lesson of Indian massacres and headstrong drunks and fish that got away. As a monologue of thoughts and impressions, this book is lucky to have such a sympathetic reader, who makes the listener pleased to simply go with the flow.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristina | 2/2/2014

    " Not my typical book, but I did find Graves' experience on a solo (well, with his dog) canoe trip to be an interesting medley of Texas history, ecology, and self reflection. Growing up with property on the Guadalupe river, I translated his stories to some of my personal experiences. A must read for those interested in Comanche stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary | 1/30/2014

    " He rode the river one last time by canoe with his dog down the Brazos before the dams were built. He tells stories of his adventures and of the stories he learns as he travels down the Brazos River. An awesome book if you can find it. "

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

    " Beautiful journey. The book takes you along the Brazos as John canoes delivering tidbits of history and anecdote. A calming read that I very much enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick Caster | 1/27/2014

    " My favorite Texas book of non-fiction. Each paragraph is tooled and polished like fine leather. Larry McMurtry critisized Graves good naturedly when he said "He never publishes his failures" (Something you cannot say about McMurtry). "

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