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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Spragg Narrator: Mark Spragg Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN: 9781598873115
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Though Gretchen is married to his best friend, McEban has been in love with her since they were children growing up on adjacent ranches in Wyoming. When she leaves her husband for a new life, the two men follow her in an odyssey across the American West that forces truths and reveals the mystical, sometimes fatal bonds of love and loyalty. Muscular, vivid, wise, painful, funny, and true; Mark Spragg’s novel is entirely unforgettable.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/15/2014

    " liked his first book better. this was difficult to follow a little but his prose puts me in rapture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayne | 2/13/2014

    " Loved this book. It's just a good solid read. Great characters and descriptions. Will read more by Mr. Spragg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/22/2014

    " Beautifully written, set in the west (wyoming, which I love). About family relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/30/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I like Mark Spragg's style of writing. Think Cormac McCarthy or Kent Haruf. He uses very spare and direct language. The story weaves back and forth between the main character's childhood and current day. Set on a Wyoming cattle ranch, life is often tough for McEban. All kinds of characters enter into the story including Bennett, McEban's best friend, as well as Bennett's wife, Gretchen. A love triangle is set up from the get-go and things get rough. The author has keen observations about the strength of friendship and dealing with the cards you're dealt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 12/29/2013

    " So many things in this book are familiar as I grew up on a farm in SD. The men do all their own repairs and work on the ranch. Such a lonely life for the hero in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melmast | 12/27/2013

    " It's no Twilight.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/23/2013

    " interesting and a bit bizzare but I like it. Very interesting musings on family and relationships that tie you to places, just like his memoir, Where Rivers Change Direction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bronson | 10/20/2013

    " I really like this author. I read a collection of his essays that I was very impressed with and I thought this novel was wonderful. Kind of Ivan Doig, Kent Haruf like but a little more raw and with the right amount of tragedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 10/14/2013

    " I still don't get the title. It's a definite SPRAGG. The story started off okay, but then got too desperate and boring and cliche. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 9/24/2013

    " this was sad, believeable but too sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 9/16/2013

    " Earthy, spiritual and soul searching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/6/2013

    " Heartwrenching, beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 5/29/2013

    " I thought this was a marvellous and beautiful read. I loved the characters, the storyline and the author's style of writing. This was a book worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/8/2013

    " A modern day tale of cowboy love gone unrequited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 3/23/2013

    " What did I learn? That life doesn't always turn out the way you expect, but there is still plenty to love and appreciate in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KapitiKats | 7/7/2011

    " Fantastic story made even better by the fact that I had travelled through a lot of the area and love the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janice | 7/4/2011

    " Could this possibly be the same author who wrote Where Rivers Change Directions? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Alison Haskin | 2/12/2011

    " Loved this book. Great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 11/6/2010

    " I loved this book...the writing is poetic and it's a heartbreaking odyssey the main character allows us to tag along on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlene | 10/20/2010

    " This was a book club book so I felt honor bound to finish it..I was extremely disappointed by the whole story and the end is very disappointing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debidog824 | 10/6/2010

    " Very disappointing...I thoroughly enjoyed "Where the River Changes Direction". I thought Ah Unfinished Life was good......I thought this book was strange ....I thought the characters and some of the things they did and said were off the wall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 9/8/2010

    " So many things in this book are familiar as I grew up on a farm in SD. The men do all their own repairs and work on the ranch. Such a lonely life for the hero in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 7/29/2010

    " Excerpt: "'There isn't a lot that feels like you think it's going to', his father said." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bronson | 3/7/2010

    " I really like this author. I read a collection of his essays that I was very impressed with and I thought this novel was wonderful. Kind of Ivan Doig, Kent Haruf like but a little more raw and with the right amount of tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 8/7/2009

    " What did I learn? That life doesn't always turn out the way you expect, but there is still plenty to love and appreciate in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/1/2009

    " this was sad, believeable but too sad "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janice | 5/4/2009

    " Could this possibly be the same author who wrote Where Rivers Change Directions? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/18/2009

    " Earthy, spiritual and soul searching. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlene | 3/10/2009

    " This was a book club book so I felt honor bound to finish it..I was extremely disappointed by the whole story and the end is very disappointing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/15/2009

    " A modern day tale of cowboy love gone unrequited. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Spragg

Mark Spragg is the author of Where Rivers Change Direction, a memoir that won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, and the novels The Fruit of Stone and An Unfinished Life, which was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004. All three were top-ten Book Sense selections. He lives with his wife in Wyoming.