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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,087 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guy Vanderhaeghe Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781598871722
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Charles and Addington are two brothers sent from the comforts of Victorian England by their dictatorial father to find Simon, a brother missing somewhere in the depths of the American West. As Charles, a sensitive painter, and Addington, an arrogant former Soldier, search the American frontier, they gather a troupe of other characters—Lucy, bent on avenging her sister's death, Custis, a Civil War veteran, and Jerry Potts, a half-breed. The love story that emerges eventually forces Charles to confront the meaning of love—and what it means to cross over.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gunner August | 1/27/2014

    " A tale of Englishmen traveling in 1880's American West and Canadian West. Obvious plotting. Not bad, just nothing new here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Muriel | 1/27/2014

    " Not your typical western...I liked the development of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/15/2014

    " I loved this book. It filled in gaps in my perception of what went on in the 'border country' between Alberta, BC, Idaho, and Washington in the mid 1800's. "

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

    " The best book I have read in several years, by far - and bar none. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ticklish Owl | 12/27/2013

    " Listened to on CBC Radio's Between the Covers podcast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/25/2013

    " A longish (for me) novel set in the Canadian Great Plains sometime in the 1870s. Two English brothers with little brotherly love between them, go in search of the twin of the younger of the two. He had set off with an English preacher to, I guess, instruct the heathen in the ways of Protestantism. The preacher dies of unknown reasons. Probably killed in a winter storm or by Indians. Anyway, the search goes on for the twin brother in courtly English fashion, with a goodly supply of English biscuits, port, et al. along with a half-breed guide and other draggers on. It makes for a good read and gives probably a fairly true rendition of the Blackfoot, Sioux, Cheyenne, and the Canadian troops and whisky peddlers at that time. An easy A-/A, especially if you like tales set in the western frontier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 12/24/2013

    " I liked it but sometimes thought it wasn't really going anywhere. Historically good but the jumping aroung from character to character took some getting used to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/17/2013

    " Wonderful book, the setting was very interesting from a historical perspective but what made it so great was the characters, wonderfully realized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 12/9/2013

    " I had to read this book for university and normally for a university class if I get a book and never read it before class ends then I never will, but for some reason I picked this one up after. I never did finish it and would still like to some day, but I actually really liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 12/9/2013

    " The incentive to read it was to get behind Jim Cuddy who was promoting it for Canada Reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 11/5/2013

    " It's not a book that I would ever recommend to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Dobson | 9/8/2013

    " Couldn't wait to pick this book up each night at bedtime. Loved the characters and was especially enchanted by the use of period frontier language and expressions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 6/4/2013

    " An interesting story of the old west. Quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/10/2013

    " It was an interesting read, but not enjoyable... If you have a strong interest in early Western history (Great Plains, Hudson Bay Company, smallpox, etc.), it's a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/16/2012

    " I half listened to the abridged version half read it- so the distinct voices in the audio helped me to keep the characters in line. Loved the description of life and the day-to-day struggles in the west during the 19th centuries. A bit too wordy at times- but overall a good historical read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sian Morgan | 9/16/2012

    " Wow, what a great story, and beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/8/2011

    " This was a book that in the beginning was hard to follow, but after a while, it all made sense....so you thought! He is a very descriptive author and I would recommend this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 11/10/2011

    " LeAnne recommended this book to me and I really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanie | 9/2/2011

    " Nice writing, nice characters, but too much violence for me. Too bad because it was a fun book in all other ways. About three English brothers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 4/11/2011

    " I was tempted to stop reading this book because I didn't like it at the start. The book tied together nicely as it went along, and, in all, I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanie | 3/31/2011

    " Nice writing, nice characters, but too much violence for me. Too bad because it was a fun book in all other ways. About three English brothers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Marie | 3/26/2011

    " Sometimes engrossing, interesting premise, but really just made me want to reread Lonesome Dove, the gold standard of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/18/2011

    " Latest bookgroup book. Took me FOREVER to read. In the end I both read book and listened to story on CD on my drive days. By the end I enjoyed the story and cared about them. But it took a long while to get there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/17/2011

    " good look at postcolonialism in the states and canada. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy | 2/11/2011

    " I'd give this book a 2 and 1/2. Indians, the English, pioneers out west, romance and murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/16/2011

    " I half listened to the abridged version half read it- so the distinct voices in the audio helped me to keep the characters in line. Loved the description of life and the day-to-day struggles in the west during the 19th centuries. A bit too wordy at times- but overall a good historical read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/22/2010

    " I was enjoying this audio CD, but did not quite finish it before I had to take it back to the library. I will get it out again sometime soon... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 9/21/2010

    " Wonderful look at the Native People vs White Man, including the place of "half-breed", conflict in the late 19th century. Moving from England to the US and across Canada, a wilderness adventure with lots of personal relationships explored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 8/28/2010

    " Took me a while to get into, but worth it once I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 8/25/2010

    " I hate to recommend a book that is so coarse and so brutal, but The Last Crossing is magnificent. And beautiful and thought-provoking. Vanderhaeghe's writing reminds me at times of Ivan Doig and Larry McMurtry, but better somehow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 4/29/2010

    " I liked it but sometimes thought it wasn't really going anywhere. Historically good but the jumping aroung from character to character took some getting used to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/23/2010

    " It was an interesting read, but not enjoyable... If you have a strong interest in early Western history (Great Plains, Hudson Bay Company, smallpox, etc.), it's a must-read. "

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