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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert James Waller Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With over 10 million copies sold, bestselling author Robert James Waller returns with the haunting, evocative story of a small town, a beautiful and mysterious woman, and the man forever changed by both.

The wild places are where no one is looking anymore. Out there on the high plains, among the Sioux reservations and the silent buttes, among the small towns dying and the people with them, you can hear the wind. And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordion—tangos—mingling with the lonely thump of a single drum in the nighttime and a far-off warrior’s cry. On the back of the wind is the smell of worn saddle leather and sawdust, of sandalwood, and smoke from ancient ceremonial fires. To this, to a town called Salamander, comes Carlisle McMillan, a traveler and master carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress. Near Wolf Butte, a strange and apparently haunted monolith, he finds his quiet, or so he believes, and begins rebuilding a decrepit house as a tribute to the gruff old man who taught him a carpenter’s skills, rebuilding his life at the same time.

He finds two very different, independent women: Gally Deveraux, who works at a diner in Salamander and longs for something more than she is, and Susanna Benteen, beautiful and enigmatic, who was drawn to Salamander for mysterious reasons of her own, a woman the town has labeled a witch. The women and his carpenter’s trade and an old Indian known as Flute Player bring Carlisle a sense of contentment for a while. But his quiet is shattered as bulldozer treads begin to turn and the Yerkes County War commences. Run or stand your ground, that is Carlisle’s dilemma, Gally on one side, Susanna on the other.

Robert James Waller’s fully imagined characters become people we know and care for deeply.

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

    " It was very good. I love Waller's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by JenC. | 2/3/2014

    " This was a very good novel about a man's disillusionment with corporate America and his move to solitude until the halfway point where it took a turn for the boring. The narration changed to a newspaper reporter interviewing locals and dirty politicians/land developers' phone calls to one another regarding Emiment Domain and the government building a freeway through his land. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deidre | 1/28/2014

    " One of those fantastic books whose characters become a part of your life & stick with you for a long long time. Savor this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather Pulley | 12/31/2013

    " I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book when I started reading it. It moved a bit slow at first. But as I got into it, it grabbed me more and more and at the end, I was surprised to admit that I really liked it. "

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