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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David James Duncan Narrator: Dick Hil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This captivating and exuberant tale is told by Gus Orviston, an irreverent young fly-fisherman and one of the most appealing heroes in contemporary American fiction.

Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus decides to strike out on his own, taking refuge in a secluded cabin on a remote riverbank to pursue his own fly-fishing passion with unrelenting zeal. But instead of finding fishing bliss, Gus becomes increasingly troubled by the degradation of the natural world around him and by the spiritual barrenness of his own life. His desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery and meaning, ultimately fruitful beyond his wildest dreams.

Here, then, is a funny, sensitive, unforgettable story about the relationships among men, women, the environment, and the human soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Hill gives the novel an exceptional full-voiced presentation…Hill’s narration makes the novel…sound like a radio play.”

    Kliatt (starred review)

  • “Dick Hill moves from yokel to philosopher with the agility of the steelhead…[he] balances both with the skill of one who has told many tall tales.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/17/2014

    " May cause fly-fishing and irrational trips to the American West (of any era). HIghly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josiah | 2/16/2014

    " Well written and fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam | 2/12/2014

    " I have re-read this a couple times.. I have actually been dissapointed in my re-reads, but I am from oregon and love the setting as well as his younger brother... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth | 2/12/2014

    " This is one of my all-time favorite books. My now husband recommended it to me when we were in graduate school and I read it after we'd lost touch. When we re-connected a few years later, I immediately thanked him for introducing me to this author. On the surface, it's a book about fly fishing, but it's really a coming of age story, an environmentalist's tale, with a bit of philosophy to boot. It's also got some of the most endearing characters and a good bit of (my kind of) humor. "

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