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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (824 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Fuller Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781436133050
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The best-selling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller presents this heart-rending story of a simple man whose life is cut short. Colton H. Bryant loves Wyoming and loves life. Mind over matter, he always says-"If you don't mind, it don't matter." And so, like his father and his father's father before him, he gets a dangerous job on the oil rig when he's old enough. He always said he'd die young, anyway. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric McGreevy | 1/25/2014

    " Spellbinding. Whether one loves the idea of living in the middle of the West or is simply into a fantastical humanistic exploration of one man's struggles through life, this book will lead you on a journey that ultimately explores what it means to be human. It is, to quote Dave Eggers, "A heart-breaking work of staggering genius." "

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

    " I have laways like Fuller's prose. This book marks an evolution on her part from her first memoir, to her "Scribbling the Cat" which was a cross between memoir and literary journalism, to this as literary journalism. She has a refined narrative sense in this account of a roughneck who works and dies in the gas fields of Wyoming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette | 1/3/2014

    " As if I needed more evidence, this book certainly made it clear that Fuller writes splendidly about anything (not just her childhood in Africa). It took me to Montana today so viscerally I almost feel I've lived there. Colton and his family and the gas-extraction industry are seared into my memory. And Fuller's sensitivity and toughness staggered me anew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 12/28/2013

    " This is a beautiful book. I had a bit of trouble getting into it a first, then I became absorbed. The writing is very rich and deep. Fuller's description of the Wyoming countryside, mining life, and the character details of Colton Bryant are wonderful. I grew to admire and love Colton H. Bryant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 12/27/2013

    " The book chronicles the story of Colton Bryant, who was killed at a young age in an accident while drilling for oil in Wyoming. Tragic story, lovely writing, a strong feeling of Wyoming and the west, and a subtle treatment of the issue of oil rig safety. The author states she took some liberty with Colton's story, emphasizing certain things and under-emphasizing others. I wish I knew more about those liberties and about Colton the real person. I grew to love Colton and his family and friends, perhaps particularly his best friend, Jake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 12/21/2013

    " In this book Colton Bryant is what most people would consider "oilfield trash". His grandpa and dad both worked in the oil field so then so does Colton. In working in the oil field he is away from his wife and kids alot. One day when he goes out to work on a rig he ends up falling do to the fact there was no railings. When he falls he ends up getting very badly hurt. Before this him and his wife get into a fight because she doesnt want him working so much since they never see him. In the end she was right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wbarels | 12/21/2013

    " A touching true story about a simple boy from Wyoming who follows in his father's footsteps to work on the oil rigs. Amusing, informative and life affirming for the importance of family values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 12/7/2013

    " Colton is such an endearing character...I was attached to him immediately. An interesting perspective of life in Wyoming and oil rig workers, though I wish there was a bit more history behind the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arrietty | 11/27/2013

    " A must read. Although be warned tissues are needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 11/25/2013

    " This is a must read for any Wyomingite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillary | 11/17/2013

    " I love Alexandra Fuller! This book was excellent as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 11/8/2013

    " Very sad story. A lesson for those of us living in or near the Bakken Oil fields. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 11/5/2013

    " Alexandra Fuller always does things differently and this untraditional cowboy story is no exception. It presents the life of a normal guy in the midwest, but she tells it in a style that somehow elevates his story. This isn't my favorite of her books, but she is always intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/6/2013

    " I liked it because of the familiar Wyoming setting, the issues it shows-the human costs of politics and greed, and the nice writing. But, I just didn't love it as much as her Dont' Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 10/2/2013

    " I liked it - something different. A tragic, very human story behind a strong political statement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 7/8/2013

    " This was a great book. It cracked me up in so many parts, and had me in tears in others. I gained a new appreciation for Wyoming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/2/2012

    " a good story. this is true and it was interesting to read about places that are so familiar to me. some hard language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/28/2012

    " One of the saddest books I have read - Colton gets under your skin and you feel you have met him before. I checked this out on a Monday afternoon, and had finished it by Tuesday morning - it breaks your heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 7/22/2012

    " My friend Barbara G said I had to read this when I emailed her from Wyoming.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 6/26/2012

    " Eh! It was OK. True story of the Wyoming oil fields, but took a while for me to get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/23/2012

    " Loved this. Didn't know what to expect and was amazed to find it was a true story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Caplan | 2/8/2012

    " Good story telling - a biography of a "regular" guy who wasn't so "regular" to those who knew him (or those who read about him). I cried at the end; I thought I would wake up my husband with the sniffling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carole | 10/3/2011

    " I have no idea why this book was written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Tintner | 7/10/2011

    " fantastic read. Hard to put down. No twists and turns. Straight, to the point and hopeful. It is a lesson in getting out, living your life and pushing yourself to accomplish something everyday. If you need some mental re-alignment escape to Wyoming, Colton H. Bryant country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 6/23/2011

    " I loved this eye opening, heartfelt story about a boy in the open plains Wyoming who tries his luck at a career on an oil rig (written by a resident of WY who I adore). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carole | 3/1/2011

    " I have no idea why this book was written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbie | 2/9/2011

    " Non-Fiction that reads like fiction and even sometimes,luminous poetry. Funny and heartbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/30/2011

    " If you've ever lived in the country, this book is hilarious and sad and charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 12/13/2010

    " Alexandra Fuller always does things differently and this untraditional cowboy story is no exception. It presents the life of a normal guy in the midwest, but she tells it in a style that somehow elevates his story. This isn't my favorite of her books, but she is always intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 12/12/2010

    " Third Fuller book I have read this year and another good one. A very short read, written in a series of vignettes, about a Wyoming kid who is killed on an oil rig. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 10/6/2010

    " Wonderful story of a real man who lived by the principal that you really make your own life. Challenged by his own personality his greatest desire is to be like his dad. Believing in "Mind over matter; I don't mind so it doesn't matter" he lived each day to the fullest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 8/24/2010

    " great story and great writing... but it's all just mind over matter, anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 8/18/2010

    " This is a heart-breakingly beautiful account of Wyoming, gas drilling, and a young man. I didn't want to finish it. It's written in a series of striking and beautiful short chapters. If you like writing about the West, about nature, about cowboys, you'll like this book. "

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About the Author
Author Alexandra Fuller

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to a farm in southern Africa. She lived in Africa until her mid-twenties. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming. She is the author of three memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.