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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lin Enger Narrator: Kirby Heyborn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Unaware that his life is about to change in ways he can't imagine, seventeen-year-old Jesse Matson ventures into the northern Minnesota woods with his father on a cold November afternoon. Perched on individual hunting stands a quarter-mile apart, they wait with their rifles for white-tailed deer. When the muffled crack of a gunshot rings out, Jesse unaccountably knows something is wrong-and he races through the trees to find his dad dead of a rifle wound, apparently self-inflicted. 

But would easygoing Harold Matson really kill himself? If so, why? 

Haunted by the ghost of his father, Jesse delves into family secrets, wrestles with questions of justice and retribution, and confronts the nature of his own responsibility. And just when he's decided that he alone must shoulder his family's burden, the beautiful and troubled Christine Montez enters his life, forcing him to reconsider his plans. 

In spare, elegant prose, Lin Enger tells the story of a young man trying to hold his family together in a world tipped suddenly upside down. Set among pristine lakes and beneath towering pines, Undiscovered Country is at once a bold reinvention of Shakespeare's Hamlet and a hair-bristling story of betrayal, revenge, and the possibilities of forgiveness.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mripma | 2/16/2014

    " Gruesome at the start but gripping me now. Just loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/26/2014

    " I was super excited about this book and was really enjoying before it started turning really, really dark. It just became so dark that after a while I completely lost interest and even respect, for the main character. I'm bummed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven | 1/21/2014

    " I typically wouldn't read a book like this but my mother gave it to me as a Christmas present so I decided to give it a chance. Set in rural Minnesota, it tells the story of Jesse Matson, a high school senior who goes hunting with his father one day only to find him with his head blown off, an apparent suicide. Or was it? Jesse doesn't think so, in large part because his father's ghost tells Jesse in no uncertain terms that Jesse's uncle is behind the murder and is having an affair with Jesse's mother. Sound a little familiar? Its basically Hamlet. Luckily, the author makes clear to the reader that he isn't trying to pull a fast one on us. Jesse sees the similiarities himself, having read Hamlet recently in his high school english class. At any rate, I got interested in this book after about 25 pages and it held my attention pretty well. The writer has an easy-going, yet smart, style that kept me reading ahead. The ending felt a bit rushed. The hasty finish made it seem unbelievable. Overall, I liked it well enough and am not sorry I read it at all; It's got me wanting to read Shakespeare's Hamlet. I'm just not sure who I could recommend this book to... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tamara | 1/17/2014

    " This a good story, much like the one his brother Lief Engar wrote - Peach Like a River. I enjoyed both books. "

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About the Author

Lin Enger is an Iowa Workshop graduate, the author of the novel Undiscovered Country, and the recipient of a James Michener Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. His short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Ascent, Great River Review, Wolf Head Quarterly, and other journals. He teaches at Minnesota State University Moorhead.