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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:
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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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Robin Logan | 1/25/2014

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

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