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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Harrison Narrator: Kirsten Potter, Lloyd James, Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781455197729
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Jim Harrison’s numerous works have established him as one of the most beloved and popular authors in American fiction. His novel The English Major was a National Indie Bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Title, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. This collection of novellas finds him writing at the height of his powers—and in fresh and audacious new directions.

The three stories in The Farmer’s Daughter are as different as they are unforgettable. Written in the voice of a home-schooled fifteen-year-old girl in rural Montana, the title novella is an uncompromising, beautiful tale of an extraordinary character whose youth intersects with unexpected brutality and the reserves she must draw on to make herself whole. In another, Harrison’s beloved recurring character Brown Dog, still looking for love, escapes from Canada back to the States on the tour bus of an Indian rock band called Thunderskins. And finally, a retired werewolf, misdiagnosed with a rare blood disorder brought on by the bite of a Mexican hummingbird, attempts to lead a normal life but is nevertheless plagued by hazy, feverish episodes of epic lust, physical appetite, athletic exertions, and outbursts of violence under the full moon.

The Farmer’s Daughter is a memorable portrait of three decidedly unconventional American lives. With wit, poignancy, and an unbounded love for his characters, Jim Harrison has again reminded us why he is one of the most cherished and important authors at work today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Don’t be fooled by the trout, the dogs, the pickup trucks, the whiskey, the cowboys and Indians, and the war stories. Beneath the rugged trappings of Jim Harrison’s manly fiction hides the tensile, scorch-proof frame of the red-hot romance, whose heroes are totems of an idealized, brute masculinity...if there’s one thing Harrison knows, it’s how to teach his characters to share his sensual hunger and relish their role in his supernaturally charged natural world.”

    New York Times

  • “Like many of Harrison’s heroes, these are people existing on the margins of society, both geographically and psychologically—and yet, despite their obvious on-the-surface differences, each are linked by the loneliness and alienation that comes with living the life of an outlier...These are all characters worth meeting, and Harrison introduces them with extraordinary eloquence, compassion and wit.”

    San Francisco Chroncle

  • “Harrison’s fiction…is rooted in a deep connection with nature and infused with passion for the vast wilds of America…Always as exhilarating as a breath of fresh air.”

    NPR

  • “Harrison shows he is still at the top of his game with these compressed gems. Taken together, they present another fine accomplishment in a storied career.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/7/2014

    " I love Jim Harrison's writing; booze, sex, & the people in small towns - these short stories made for perfect vacation reading. The girls in the first story could have been raised in my small hometown and the Indian in the second could have been my prom date! The last story in particular had me laughing out loud and reading lines to my daughter. Harrison writes a believable story about a young kid that is bitten by a hummingbird, then a wolf pup and develops some type of blood disorder which causes him to become very strong, develop a ferocious appetite and have 'seizures' about two days a month when there is a full moon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/31/2014

    " Loved the first of the three stories in this collection. He is a very prolific writer that I am just starting to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karli | 1/29/2014

    " I love the titles this author uses, but this book turned me off to the point I will never pick up anything by this author again. The characters do feel real, but I found them impossible to connect to, and found the situations of each of the novellas varying degrees of ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/13/2014

    " There are 3 different, unconnected novellas in this. Farmer's daughter is the first and what caught my eye (as a farmer's daughter). I connected with this story and appreciated it. The other 2 stories had male central characters with one being an alcoholic Native American and the other a male with werewolf tendencies. They share a belief that connecting with nature is the way to be your true self. Montana is also a locale used in all three stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathe Olson | 12/1/2013

    " A book of three novellas . . . good writing and fairly enjoyable, though not a page-turner for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 11/21/2013

    " Harrison always makes me so mad with his view about women, but I had a hard time putting this book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/6/2013

    " Great quallity escape to another world: the American West. We spend quality time with another mentality: the intelligent male, hunter, fisherman in his natural world . Harrison is a solid writer, perceptice thinker and excellent tale weaver. Fun to read . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookwyrm13 | 10/17/2013

    " very enjoyable, some of the flasbacks are abrupt and seem out of context but I enjoyed this more than I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 7/31/2013

    " Somewhat strange but couldn't put down for long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 6/12/2013

    " Not my favorite of his books; in fact the first novella annoyed me enough, especially at first, that I almost didn't finish the book. I persevered, though, and liked the other two better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 4/25/2013

    " His novels all sort of blend together along the same theme and types of characters. That doesn't mean this isn't a good read. Harrison's books are always good reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 4/22/2013

    " Really enjoyed the first two novellas -- such involving and endearing protagonists. The third one veered off into the unbelievable (werewolves). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/30/2012

    " Three novellas. The final one was my favorite about the retired werewolf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 9/17/2012

    " 3 novellas, A's for the first two. A nice reintroduction to Harris' stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renah | 6/14/2012

    " beautiful writing, sometimes crude but very powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 10/12/2011

    " once u read these novellas u will find yourself thinking about them for a while to come, a sure sign of excellent writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 8/22/2011

    " Harrison is consistently one of the best writer's on the scene. This book of 3 novellas is awesome. I've never enjoyed reading anyone as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Messler | 8/20/2011

    " I love the shit outta Jim Harrison! He makes me want to move to the woods even more than I already do. Goddamn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/29/2011

    " These three novellas were enjoyable. I liked that the stories had a positive note despite the trouble the characters had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Castle | 4/27/2011

    " I love Harrison's simple, lyrical prose and the truthful way he writes of nature in these three stories, but what I loved most was the heroine in the title story. How could you not love someone so lovely yet damaged? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 7/24/2010

    " Read the first novella only. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 7/15/2010

    " I am not a huge fan of short stories. I always feel cheated, especially with a great author like Harrison. The first story in this collection was riveting. So good. I didn't get into the other two stories. This was a library book, so I returned it without reading the second and third stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/7/2010

    " Three great novellas! First Harrison book I read and I can't wait to read another one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 1/31/2010

    " Big fan of anything and everything I have read that Jim Harrison has written. I hope he lives forever. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison (1937–2016) was the author of over thirty-five books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, The English Major, and The Farmer’s Daughter. His writing appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and the New York Times. He earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association. His work has been recognized worldwide and published in twenty-two languages.

About the Narrators

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.