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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,787 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Doig Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1978 ISBN: 9781440774096
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A nominee for the National Book Award, Ivan Doig’s brilliant memoir shares the experiences and culture that shaped his early years and made him fall in love with the West. From his childhood in a family of homesteaders through the death of his mother and his move to Montana to herd sheep, Doig shows his intimate connection with the American West. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exercising a talent both robust and sensitive…Doig lifts what might have been marginally engaging reminiscence into an engrossing and moving recovery of an obscure human struggle. There is defeat and triumph here, grief and joy, nobility and meanness, all arising from common place events, episodes and locales…A real writer is at hand.”

    Time

  • “A beautifully written, deeply felt book…The language begins in western territory and experience but in the hands of an artist it touches all landscape and all life. Doig is such an artist.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Doig now has to be considered the premier writer of the American West.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “The stirring debut of a gifted writer: Doig spins straw into gold.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/17/2014

    " Anything by Ivan Doig is excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Corbin | 2/15/2014

    " Some parts are rather far fetched "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia Gibbs | 2/15/2014

    " His words, as sparse as the land he writes about, are beautiful. Again savored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Moriarty | 2/15/2014

    " I'm from Montana and have never read a book that I connected to more around my love for the state. Doig is an amazing writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " This is Doig's autobiogrphy. It is written in odd prose and I need to go back and re-read it before passing judgement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/28/2014

    " love the history of the simple west "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/27/2014

    " His fiction is much better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bobby mccormick | 1/7/2014

    " if you want to know Montana and her people, read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet Wrye | 1/4/2014

    " Ivan Doig is a first rate writer--one of my favorites. Great characters and deep sense of place. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irene | 12/10/2013

    " could not finish because of no interest in content or writing style "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seraphina | 11/10/2013

    " Read this in about a week (extremely fast for me). Poetic prose about the life and landscape of western Montana ranch life. When so many people I knew were somehow in Montana I was reading all about it... almost as good as being there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Christoffersen | 9/18/2013

    " my favorite book of all time...I love the scene of the farmers having coffee in town "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 China Meier | 9/7/2013

    " I read this many years ago and remember loving it but don't really remember much else. Even so, I recommend it based on my memories of it and that quite a few other people I know have also read it and liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Justice | 4/15/2013

    " Doig write beautifully about fascinating people. Love his books - all of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/29/2013

    " a marvelous memoir of a bright young man growing up in western montana in 1936-50. a very human story, although nothing spectacular happens. nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/24/2012

    " Loved this book! It's about my homeland - Montana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 6/14/2012

    " I loved the writing in this book. He painted such a fascinating picture of his town that I had to go look it up on google maps. And he even made sheep herding seem riveting. The end started to drag a bit, but overall, I liked it. There is some language in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brook | 5/13/2012

    " This is my least favorite book ever. I just didn't like it. It was boring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaile Wakeman | 5/8/2012

    " I enjoyed the memoir and have read most of his books. The language is quirky, sometimes to the point of distraction and cuteness. The word pictures stimulate the imagination--one can almost taste the grit of the difficulties he faced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 10/23/2011

    " Ivan Doig is an amazing writer. I loved his description of a time and place that I didn't know existed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 10/16/2011

    " Really enjoyable book. Doig presents detail without bogging the story down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 5/19/2011

    " I re-read this last weekend and it's just as beautiful and lyrical and fully encompassing of the West as it was the first time I read it. You really can't be a Westerner, no matter how long your family has been here, until you've read 'This House of Sky'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 5/10/2011

    " Has a few spots with language/content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 3/10/2011

    " Ivan Doig is marvelous. This is a wonderful insight into his life and the inspirations for his stories and characters. Really enjoyed it, but it ended too soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/3/2011

    " Loved this book! It's about my homeland - Montana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/26/2011

    " This was a good book but a little hard to get into--the ending should get at least 4 stars but overall I'm giving it 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/21/2011

    " This is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 2/20/2011

    " Having fallen in love with Montana, I have now fallen in love with Ivan Doig's books and his unique literary voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/17/2011

    " COuld have been a 3 1/2. A little hard to get into, and not a quick read. Also a little somber. But a touching, real story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 1/3/2011

    "
    Deeply riveting thoughts of the author's childhood, his family,his land. Having had an 'unconventional' upbringing myself, I could identify with his loving conclusions. All you need is love! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamra | 11/24/2010

    " This story was a telling of Larry's life with a few exceptions and a review of life as we both experienced as children. Beautifully written. A bit wordy for me in some places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 9/7/2010

    " very interesting story of how it really is to live in Montana and the strong bonds of father and son even when they are quite distant sometimes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/1/2010

    " A nearly perfect book, although his reluctance to split infinitives nearly drove me insane a few times, since it marred what would otherwise have been still more beautiful turns of phrase. "

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About the Author
Author Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig is the author of over a dozen books, including the Indiebound bestseller Work Song, the classic memoir This House of Sky, and the acclaimed Montana trilogy. He has been a National Book Award finalist and has received the Wallace Stegner Award, among many other honors. He lives in Seattle.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.