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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Alfred Molina Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Berrybender Narratives Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9780743567169
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In The Wandering Hill, Larry McMurtry continues the story of Tasmin Berrybender and her family in the unexplored Wild West of the 1830s, at that point in time when Lewis and Clark are still a living memory, and when the clash between the powerful Indian tribes of the Missouri and the encroaching white Americans is about to turn into full-blown tragedy.
Amidst all this, the Berrybender family -- English, eccentric, wealthy, and fiercely out of place -- continues their journey of exploration, although beset by difficulties, tragedies, and the increasing hardships of day-to-day survival.
Abandoning their luxurious steamer, which is stuck in the ice near the Knife River, they make their way overland to the confluence of the Missouri and the Yellowstone. Tasmin is about to become a mother, living with the elusive young mountain man Jim Snow. Theirs is a great love affair, lived out in conditions of great risk.
From the murder of the iced-in steamship's crew to the appearance of the Partezon, a particularly blood-thirsty Sioux warrior with a band of over two hundred, The Wandering Hill is at once literature on a grand scale and riveting entertainment by a master storyteller. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McMurtry…continues the momentum he built with Sin Killer, offering graceful storytelling, wonderfully dimensional realism, and deadpan wit. The wintry Wandering Hill, however, diverges from Sin Killer‘s madcap activity to further consider the inner lives of many of its splendid characters. McMurtry will have his fans clamoring for an answer, though delighting in his wandering path toward a resolution.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Doglvrs | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book as much as the first... maybe even more since it was an audiobook, and the person reading it is a GENIUS with the accents! :) I hope I can get the 3rd book of the trilogy in audio format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Duggan | 2/3/2014

    " So I got a copy (a first edition!) of the first of the Berrybender Narratives for Christmas. Now I have to keep reading to see how that craaaazy family's adventures turn out! Don't I have enough to read??!? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/29/2014

    " Larry McMurtry, America's best story teller, continues the Barrybender series. His descriptions are so wonderful, it's like you are there. This book was read by Alfred Molina - truly fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Gunderson | 1/26/2014

    " Enjoyed the characters and picking up on what's true and what's exaggerated. Good as audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/25/2014

    " Listened on tape, fun to hear such a long and involved saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonsaiforlife | 1/24/2014

    " Book 2 was a little better than the first one. I think knowing the characters better helped move the story line along. The Berrybenders are an odd rough family and understanding them and how they are makes for a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scilla | 1/2/2014

    " This is Volume 2 of the Berrybender Narratives - about a British family travelling in the wild west of the 1830's. Daughter, Tasmin, has married a mountain man, Jim Snow (known as Sin Killer) and has his son about the same time that Lord Berrybender's girlfriend, Vicki Kennet has her child. There's some side stories about an Indian and some trappers who also interact with the Berrybinders. I didn't find it a gripping tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mirah W | 12/27/2013

    " I'm not a fan of the Berrybender Narratives...I just don't like any of the characters very much so it makes it hard for me to keep reading. What has happened to McMurtry? Can't he find some of the brilliance he put on the pages of the Lonesome Dove series? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Larson | 12/26/2013

    " My first read of this one, another great McMurtry story of characters on the Great Plains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jespera | 12/21/2013

    " This is the 2nd of the Berrybender narratives and I liked the main characters a little more. You feel the need to see what happens to this clan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick | 12/13/2013

    " This is the 2nd installment of the Berrybenders Narratives and is every bit as good as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Schnupp | 12/12/2013

    " Everybody needs to read about the Berrybenders. There are some interesting historical characters woven in with the brilliant characters created by McMurtrey - read the series - you won't be sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 11/30/2013

    " a great wild west story about the Berrybender family "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanyn Money | 11/27/2013

    " Second of the Berrybender narratives "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/22/2013

    " I love his books, but this has been my least favorite. Some of the bloody parts were too much for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 9/11/2013

    " I liked "Sin Killer" better, but the Berrybenders are still a hilarious family to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 5/24/2013

    " I'm loving the characters more and more. I don't like most of them, but I love them. The story is really good. I know that isn't that specific, but The Wandering Hill and a thoroughly enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Parsons | 4/28/2013

    " Book II of the saga of the English family crossing the American prairies in 1833. Buffalo stampedes, Indian attacks, grizzly bears, romance...it's got it all. Anxious to read Book III. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 12/7/2012

    " Not as good as "SIN Killer". Still the same wacko family awith more wierd trappers and indians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick McNeely | 12/4/2012

    " Big Fun from McMurtry. Spends a bit too much time setting up the characters, but that's just to suck you in for the remaining two books in the series. "Addictive" is the operative word here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/27/2012

    " Listened to this. . . pretty good but i love Larry McMurtry!!! Wish the ending had been different. . . loved the adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 9/15/2012

    " This series is humorous but also very evocative of beautiful American wildernesses, and it has interesting portraits of native american life on the plains as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randylee | 9/12/2012

    " This is part 2 of the sereis and Larry does a great job keeping you interested in the series. He gives the Berrybenders new challages to face in the old west. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 6/14/2012

    " Ended quite strongly. Perspective of Native Americans was fascinating (if accurate). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TOTO from Kansas | 3/10/2012

    " LOVED the Berrybender series!! Could Not put the books down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet Rosfeld | 12/10/2011

    " I enjoy westerns, and I loved Lonesome Dove, but this ain't no Lonesome Dove. Very violent, unpleasant novel peopled with characters that only evoked either disgust or boredom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/1/2011

    " I love this series! The characters are so funny! Even the Native Americans are totally human, not charicatures of people. Wild things happen, tragic but believeable. I can't wait to get the third one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Boyd | 8/29/2011

    " I just love the way Larry McMurtry writes. His characters are vivid and alive...the story and different adventures are very real and give one a perspective of cowboy life. Very gritty in some places. This is book two, so look forward to the next one. (2003) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 5/1/2011

    " The Berrybender family in the old west/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " Vol II of the Berrybender Saga "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 2/18/2011

    " Totally quirky and also totally fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randylee | 8/19/2010

    " This is part 2 of the sereis and Larry does a great job keeping you interested in the series. He gives the Berrybenders new challages to face in the old west. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonsaiforlife | 8/14/2010

    " Book 2 was a little better than the first one. I think knowing the characters better helped move the story line along. The Berrybenders are an odd rough family and understanding them and how they are makes for a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 8/1/2010

    " I have always loved McMurtry. Even drove all the way to Archer City, TX to see the 'Last Picture Show' in person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 5/26/2010

    " Not as good as "SIN Killer". Still the same wacko family awith more wierd trappers and indians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/2/2010

    " I'm loving the characters more and more. I don't like most of them, but I love them. The story is really good. I know that isn't that specific, but The Wandering Hill and a thoroughly enjoyable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/3/2009

    " I love this series! The characters are so funny! Even the Native Americans are totally human, not charicatures of people. Wild things happen, tragic but believeable. I can't wait to get the third one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 9/30/2009

    " a great wild west story about the Berrybender family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 7/22/2009

    " The Berrybender family in the old west/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 7/17/2009

    " I just love the way Larry McMurtry writes. His characters are vivid and alive...the story and different adventures are very real and give one a perspective of cowboy life. Very gritty in some places. This is book two, so look forward to the next one. (2003) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 7/6/2009

    " Not the best work by one of America's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 6/10/2009

    " Listened to it on CD; 2nd in the series about the Berrybenders . . . like the continuing saga and look forward to the final 2 installments . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 6/5/2009

    " Couldn't wait to get the series and read them all "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Alfred Molina is a three-time Tony nominee. His many films include An Education, Abduction, Spider-Man 2, Frida, Magnolia, Chocolat, Boogie Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, Enchanted April, and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. On television he portrayed Deputy D. A. Ricardo Morales on Law & Order: LA and Eric Sanders on Harry’s Law.