The Lowering Days: A Novel Audiobook, by Gregory Brown Play Audiobook Sample

The Lowering Days: A Novel Audiobook

The Lowering Days: A Novel Audiobook, by Gregory Brown Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: David Aaron Baker, Nicole Altvater Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063069220

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

30

Longest Chapter Length:

61:14 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:51 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

“In The Lowering Days Gregory Brown gives us a lush, almost mythic portrait of a very specific place and time that feels all the more universal for its singularity. There’s magic here.” —Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Empire Falls and Chances Are

A promising literary star makes his debut with this emotionally powerful saga, set in 1980s Maine, that explores family love, the power of myths and storytelling, survival and environmental exploitation, and the ties between cultural identity and the land we live on If you paid attention, you could see the entire unfolding of human history in a story . . .

Growing up, David Almerin Ames and his brothers, Link and Simon, believed the wild patch of Maine where they lived along the Penobscot River belonged to them. Running down the state like a spine, the river shared its name with the people of the Penobscot Nation, whose ancestral territory included the entire Penobscot watershed—the land upon which the Ames family eventually made their home. 

The brothers’ affinity for the natural world derives from their iconoclastic parents, Arnoux, a romantic artist and Vietnam War deserter who builds boats by hand, and Falon, an activist journalist who runs The Lowering Days, a community newspaper which gives equal voice to indigenous and white issues. 

But the boys’ childhood reverie is shattered when a bankrupt paper mill, once the Penobscot Valley’s largest employer, is burned to the ground on the eve of potentially reopening. As the community grapples with the scope of the devastation, Falon receives a letter from a Penobscot teenager confessing to the crime—an act of justice for a sacred river under centuries of assault. 

For the residents of the Penobscot Valley, the fire reveals a stark truth. For many, the mill is a lifeline, providing working class jobs they need to survive. Within the Penobscot Nation, the mill is a bringer of death, spewing toxic chemicals and wastewater products that poison the river’s fish and plants. 

As the divide within the community widens, the building anger and resentment explodes in tragedy, wrecking the lives of David and those around him. 

Evocative and atmospheric, pulsating with the rhythms of the natural world, The Lowering Days is a meditation on the flow and weight of history, the power and fragility of love, the dangerous fault lines underlying families, and the enduring land where stories are created and told. 

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“With a compelling, confident delivery…narrator David Aaron Baker is the voice of David Almerin Ames…Narrator Nicole Alvater gives a realistic voice to Molly…[and] contributes significantly with her portrayal, including her smooth delivery of Penobscot words. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 

Quotes

  • “The Lowering Days is expansive in its scope and intimate in its details, a lyrical and sincere work by a novelist fully alive to the natural world.”

    — Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
  • “A flashlight into the heart of a small Maine community perched on the precipice of the Penobscot River, its future and its past.”

    — Boston Globe
  • “Brown writes a fluid, lyrical prose that escorts us deep into the emotional lives of his characters.”

    — Minneapolis Star Tribune

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Gregory Brown

Gregory Brown grew up along Penobscot Bay. His stories have appeared in Tin House, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, and Narrative Magazine. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He lives in Maine with his family. The Lowering Days is his first novel.

About David Aaron Baker

David Aaron Baker is a voice and film actor. He is an award-winning narrator of dozens of audiobooks, including the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, Paradise Dogs by Man Martin, and The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig. He has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.