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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Todd Narrator: James Jenner Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781449867539
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Part history, part romance, and part action-adventure novel, Sun Going Down follows the fortunes of Ebenezer Paint and his descendants—rough and tough individuals who are caught up in Civil War river battles, epic cattle drives through drought and blizzards, the horrors of Wounded Knee, the desperation of the dust bowl, and the prosperity of the roaring 1920s. The plot is peopled by a vibrant, unforgettable cast of characters: a grizzled Mississippi steamboat merchant, two horse-thieving brothers, five Annie Oakley-like sisters who can outride any cowboy, a half-Sioux bride who demands her new family claim her heritage, and a courageous daughter who defies her father and braves the West alone. Throughout their lives, the Paint family must battle both internal and external elements, and learn to live with spirit and wit.

Letters and diaries from the author’s own family archives form the basis for all the events and characters in Sun Going Down, infusing the novel with richly detailed authenticity and deep emotional power. It is intimate in its portraits of the unforgettable characters who settled our country, sweeping in its geographical reach from Vicksburg up through Montana and the Dakotas, and epic as it spans four generations from the Civil War to the Great Depression.

Masterfully written, Sun Going Down holds the listener fast through tears, laughter, terror, and joy until the very end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid and colorful in its depiction of the West’s transformation from the frontier to the modern age, this is a hardscrabble tale of proud folks who refuse to forgive mistakes or forget faults…[an] epic story, which an afterword notes is based on the lives of relatives, pulpy sweep, and palpable anguish.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is an impressive, grand work that wants to sit next to Lonesome Dove [and] even mentioning them in the same breath should be telling enough.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 2/19/2014

    " I loved this book. The author develops his characters well and I was quickly taken in and attached to them; further wanting to learn more. There was one area in the middle of the book that was a little slow and you got the impression that the author either didn't know where he wanted to go with the story or that he was not much interested in writing that phase of the book. I thought his depth of historical background was wonderful and his descriptions captivating. I would read something else he has written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 2/9/2014

    " It took awhile to get used to the way the author didn't use quotation marks. The way he goes through the generations and switches viewpoints is interesting and well done, as I imagine this would be a difficult thing to do successfully. Once finished the book, I felt like something was missing, like it wasn't supposed to end just yet. Perhaps this was purposeful because obviously the family will continue with the next generation and the next... but, even so, the book felt like it was missing a chapter. I would have liked a reason for ending where he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 1/27/2014

    " One you get past the very beginning, maybe the first 1/8 of the novel, it becomes a wonderful, sweeping epic that you just can't put down. I'm looking forward to the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Logan | 1/25/2014

    " The first book in the trilogy. Brilliant depiction of the American West at the turn of 20th century. "

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

    " I enjoyed this book, which was a quick read despite its thickness. The real-life background to the incredible story lines makes it all the more fascinating. The author's descriptions of the places his characters (er, family members) inhabit is well crafted -- not overdoing the detail, but choosing the right details to give you the feeling of the place. Like many other (mostly male) writers, Todd seems obsessed by sex and rape scenes. And in this book, some of them are necessarily horrific. I could have done with a bit more allusion and less literal. The ending also left me a little "meh" and wanting a bit more, having invested the emotion and time. All that said, however, I bought this one and will keep it on my shelf to reread again. Recommend. "

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

    " From the cover: "An extravagant epic; A page-turning tale of adventure; An intimate romance; A story of four generations of one family bound to the land and the fate of the American West" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 1/8/2014

    " I LOVED this book. An epic tale of one families struggles through the generations of settling in the midwest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/25/2013

    " I sat next to Jack Todd at a booksigning last fall, where we traded books, or I undoubtedly would have missed this ripsnortin' novel of the West. Good job, Jack! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 L. | 11/17/2013

    " This was a good read up until the last third of the book, when the main hero does a 180 and turns into a complete douchebag. I started to wish someone would knock his teeth out or something. The last part just ruined the whole book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 11/14/2013

    " Above-average historical novel and western. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/9/2013

    " I love Westerns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 1/10/2013

    " I adore historical fiction, so this book caught my eye. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down! I was drawn in immediately by Todd's characters and his vivid description of the events which shaped them. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/24/2012

    " Wonderful historical saga based on true facts of the author's family. Can't wait to read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 10/23/2012

    " Loved this one. Great for anyone who loves historical fiction. Totally compelling and just full of enough daily life details of the period to keep it intestine but not bogged down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 10/21/2012

    " Great book on the history of our early settlers in the west "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/21/2012

    " This was a good story. I enjoyed the generations of Paints and the changing time periods. It's a good read for anyone who enjoys history, especially American History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Massingale | 9/2/2012

    " This was a great book. It is quite long w/ small print, but well worth the time. Extremely well-written, w/ believable characters and situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel C | 7/25/2012

    " It's been a long time since a book made me cry. This one did! I don't usually read westerns but I totally fell for this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magi | 7/20/2012

    " great fronteir saga. made me grumble less about my chores. Life was hard back then.The plot/many characters were easy to follow. "

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About the Author

Jack Todd is the author of numerous books in a variety of genres, including Sun Going Down and the memoir Desertion, which won the Quebec Writer’s Federation First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. He worked as a hotel clerk, CBC editor, journalist, and columnist before becoming a novelist.

About the Narrator

James Jenner is an actor known for Very Good Girls, Enemy Territory, and Third Watch.