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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Harrison Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family’s desecration of the earth, as well as his father’s more personal violations, Jim Harrison’s True North is a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots.

The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a malevolent father and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family by taking up with the son of their half-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way. As David comes into to adulthood enlightened by three unforgettably intoxicating women, he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers’ rapacious destruction of the wood of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as well as with the working people who made their wealth possible. With thirty years of searching for the truth of what his family has done while trying to make amends, David looks closely at the root of his father’s evil—and threatens, like Icarus, to destroy himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Harrison consistently commands our attention for his humanity and his tenderness…True North [is] a great achievement.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “His descriptions of flora and fauna stand at the head of the line of American writers. True North is no exception. When Harrison writes about a blizzard, you shiver. When he describes a thunderstorm, you see lightning.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The many pleasures embedded within make True North another necessary installment in the work of one of the finest writers working today.”

    Seattle Times

  • True North, with its tensions, tenderness, wisdom, violence and salvation, is a truly American novel.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Harrison’s forte is plumbing the depths of the human psyche, and in True North, he goes off the high dive, knifing toward the bottom of the deep end...[Christopher Lane] is pitch-perfect in this, moving with ease through Harrison’s lovely sentences. He never wallows in Burkett’s despair, but neither does he fail to take it seriously. He comes across as being as reflective and sensitive as Burkett.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Harrison combines a love of nature and life in the wild, which he describes in splendid, soaring prose, with a rich and troubled conscience tortured by the ambiguities of modern life…[Harrison] bursts through with splashes of true brilliance.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Lane succeeds in creating a sympathetic take on the young man as he navigates through making amends for his own comfort at the expense of the great woods around him…Both his humanity and his narration of Harrison’s beautiful nature prose make this an audiobook worth exploring.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/16/2014

    " Oh man. I'm surprised I made it through to the end. It was almost too much - listening (book on CD) to the narrator's whiny self-absorbed obsession with nothing. I'm not usually this callous, but truly - this man had a wasted life. He just took up space on this planet and I'm glad it was fiction. Why in the world am I giving this 2 stars? Because it somehow held my attention to the end and that's more than I can say for some (even when the narrator was beyond irritating). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 2/3/2014

    " It takes place in the UP! How could I not love it? Actually, Jim Harrison really writes the people and land well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kathy Swanger | 2/3/2014

    " Well, the first page was a grabber, let you know later... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 2/1/2014

    " An epic work about a rich family in the upper penninsula and one man's search for redemption. "

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