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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Lesley Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1995 ISBN: 9781470325305
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Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Association No. 1 Fiction Book Award for 1995, The Sky Fisherman is the poignant story of a young man coming of age in a small Oregon town. Laced with love of the great outdoors and infused with colorful local characters, this audiobook is a rich glimpse at life in the Pacific Northwest.

The lives of young Culver, his twice-married mother, and his charismatic Uncle Jake are shadowed by the death of Culver’s father in a fishing accident. When a suspicious fire destroys the town mill and three murders occur, Culver and his family must fight to escape the dangers swirling around them.

Vigorous and compassionate, The Sky Fisherman announces the dawning of an important new voice in American fiction. Ed Sala’s skillful narration enlivens this complex mix of Native American spiritual beliefs, the absolute laws of nature, and quest for life’s meaning into an unforgettable piece of Americana.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “City boy though I am, I fell into Craig's Lesley's wonderfully told story as though it were my own…It reminded me once again of just how welcome you can feel in the midst of a novel.”

    NPR

  • “An accomplished book. Lesley's biblical, metaphoric invocations of fire and water are powerfully drawn…Unsentimental, vigorous and compassionate.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “An exquisite novel that holds the voices of the river and its people in perfect balance. It is a story that stays with you and grows between silences. Mr. Lesley is an empathetic force in fiction.”

    Terry Tempest Williams, author of Finding Beauty in a Broken World

  • “A complex and vivid and surprisingly funny book, a book I greatly admire.”

    Robert Olen Butler, author of Mr. Spaceman

  • “An exquisitely delineated map of America. All of our history is encompassed in its pages. The author retells the ancient struggle between whites and Native Americans for cherished territory. And as in any great American novel, a young man comes to terms with his own flawed heritage.”

    Carolyn See, author of There Will Never Be Another You

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra | 2/11/2014

    " I felt I knew this Western town, the relationships between white and indians, bosses and workers, different social classes in classless America. Eric describes it as a coming-of-age story, a 'Montana' book; I agree. Craig Leslie grew up in the town he fictionalizes. Vivid moments and drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 1/20/2014

    " I think this book is meant for an older audience that have lived through that time period as a reminder...maybe?... I really couldn't understand the plot of this book, it starts very tedious and I think the abandonment of Riley, or Riley in general, was irrelevant. That if Riley was not described the book wouldn't be that different. Though the book did have some wonderful mythological stories that brightened the story, or some meaningful quotes that allowed me to think. "

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

    " Great Western literature! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hollis | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this, despite not thinking I could relate at the beginning. the young protagonist was so brave, I found myself hoping and praying with him and I fell in love with uncle jake "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Hale | 1/18/2014

    " This could be for young adults or adults. There are quite a number of themes that one can discuss such as Native Americans attitudes towards whites and vice versa; life in the west; outdoor life; life of a boy with a single mother, etc. It got a bit tiring at the end but had a suprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Porcher | 1/14/2014

    " The story created within this novel was enjoyable. I've read it a couple of times, as I do most books I like, I understand more about the characters and the relationships the author creates for the reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie Wheeler | 12/31/2013

    " Craig Lesley really knows how to tell a story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy Pacheco | 12/29/2013

    " I loved this book, not only because I live in the town that this book is based on. Or that I've met the author =] I found it a great read. With a different story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslye | 12/12/2013

    " vivid images. can see this book as a movie...if it is done well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 12/11/2013

    " I like reading books set in the west, I can really relate to the setting. Enjoyed the fishing and rafting descriptions, and the feeling that you really could relate to these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Laberge | 10/8/2013

    " I thought Winterkill was my favortie Craig Lesley Book until I read this one. His characters are so compelling I swear I've met them before. Leslie illustrates the interesting dynamic of living on or near reservation land. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 9/30/2013

    " Who would have thought I would love a book with fishing as a central activity? This is a great book about small towns, hard times, disasters and people. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marg | 8/29/2013

    " Wonderful coming of age story occuring in eastern Oregon with many places I can see and imagine I have been there. Craig Lesley is a great writer who can create visual images with words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/19/2013

    " one of those books where you spend the last chapter reading through tears. sobbing, perhaps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 3/25/2013

    " I loved this book and what made it even more fun to read is that it was written by a local (Oregon) author! Well-developed characters and a great story. A must read, especially if you have even an ounce of interest in Native American stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donovan | 2/22/2013

    " Great coming of age story set in Oregon by wonderful author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolene | 1/3/2013

    " Another one of my all time favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicki | 12/11/2012

    " If I had the choice between lighting myself on fire and reading this book over again, I'd choose the match. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Margolis | 12/1/2012

    " Mary Lee gave this book at a book exchange. I enjoyed the book and the relationships between the boy and his uncle. I haven't read much about male relationships and I enjoyed the location (Oregon). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/26/2012

    " I wish I could find more books like this. Novels with good characterization set here in beautiful Oregon. The Crying Tree, while a very different sort of story, does fit this category. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 mwari | 11/20/2012

    " This was the MOST boring, plotless, and pointless book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/3/2012

    " Wonderful make coming of age story with fishing and a murder at the center of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/7/2012

    " I had trouble getting into this book. The characters and setting are so archetypal, it seemed like a pointless read. But when it comes to nature and Oregon mythology, Lesley's prose just blooms in your gut -- and once the story starts to settle in the river, the novel comes together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitchfield | 9/28/2012

    " The small-town West is alive in this book. As an Oregonian, I could relate to this book. Although I enjoyed River Song more, both Winterkill and The Sky Fisherman are worth the time. If you like stories of the West, Montana, Wyoming, etc., then you will enjoy The Sky Fisherman. "

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About the Author

Craig Lesley, a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, has received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award for several of his novels. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.