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3.00003756574004 out of 53.00003756574004 out of 53.00003756574004 out of 53.00003756574004 out of 53.00003756574004 out of 5 3.00 (53,240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Wroblewski Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar’s lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family’s traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.

Filled with breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle…Wonderful, mysterious, long, and satisfying: readers who pick up this novel are going to enter a richer world. I envy them the trip.”

    Stephen King

  • “Wroblewski illustrates the relationship between man and canine (at times, from the dog’s point of view) in a way that is both lyrical and unsentimental, and demonstrates an ability to create a coherent, captivating fictional world in which even supernatural elements feel entirely persuasive.”

    New Yorker

  • “Edgar’s tale takes you to the extremes of what humans must endure, and when you’re finally released, you will come back to yourself feeling wiser, and flush with gratitude. And you will have remembered what magnificent alchemy a finely wrought novel can work.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A stunning debut…Sustained by a momentum that has the crushing inevitability of fate, the propulsive narrative will have readers sucked in all the way through the breathtaking final scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “More than just dog lovers will find themselves deeply immersed in Wroblewski’s assured prose and broad swatches of carefully rendered imagery. High literary art from a talent that bears watching.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction Finalist
  • A 2008 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Finalist
  • Selected for the July 2008 Indie Next List
  • A 2008 Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Winner of the 2009 Indies Choice Award for Best Debut

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathi | 9/7/2015

    " Wroblewski has an amazing writing style and is an excellent story teller as well. The young Edgar steals the reader's heart from the very beginning as does his dog, Almodine. This is a story of unimaginable betrayal as well as love. It is suspenseful, touching, and tremendously sad. But, what a great writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tarynia | 2/20/2014

    " Good book. Not a fan of the tragic ending. "

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

    " I am not going to give away the ending, but this book is odd and fascinating throughout, while the ending is nothing short of shocking. I really enjoyed it, and it takes the "boy and his dog" story to a level beyond what most of us will have the opportunity to understand. Be prepared for adventure and emotion well beyond what you would expect to be able to get out of an audiobook where the main character is mute. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sara Bradley | 2/16/2014

    " It as agonizing. It also seemed like the 1st and 2nd half were written by 2 different people. I get that training the dogs is about consistency, but some of the repetition could have been lost and some time developing some of the other charchters. "

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About the Author
Author David Wroblewski

David Wroblewski grew up in rural Wisconsin, not far from the Chequamegon National Forest, where The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is set. He earned his master’s degree from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and now lives in Colorado with his partner, writer Kimberly McClintock.