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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 Sal Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by Nicole | 1/19/2014

    " Great Western literature! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 "

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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.