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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (942 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Doig Narrator: Jonathan Hogan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Whistling Season Series Release Date:
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National Book Award finalist and Wallace Stegner Award winner Ivan Doig has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his vibrant, authentic tales of the American West. In Work Song he takes listeners to Butte, Montana, in 1919 for the tale of one charmer’s efforts to elude Chicago gangsters.

Stepping off the train in the world’s copper mining capital, Morris Morgan secures a room at the boarding house of an attractive widow he’d like to know better. As the erudite Morris begins working at the local library, he tries not to take sides in the labor dispute at the Anaconda Mining Company. But when he’s mistaken for an undercover union operative, he’s soon caught up in the seething ferment of an iron-fisted company, radical union agitators, and beleaguered miners.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not one stitch unravels in this intricately threaded narrative. And while Doig lays out the plot somewhat predictably, he also makes room for reflective moments in which Morrie confronts fears both real and imagined; it’s through these reflections that we get fine glimpses of his darker persona…In conjunction with Morrie’s interactions among the oher characters, these more introspective passages help to build an appealing storytelling rhythm.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A classic tale from they heyday of American capitalism by the king of the Western novel.”

    Daily Beast

  • “If you were looking for a novel that best expresses the American spirit, you’d have to ride past a lot of fence posts before finding anything as worthy as Work Song.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “As enjoyable and subtly thought-provoking a piece of fiction as you’re likely to pick up this summer. A pleasure to read.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Readers who fell in love with Morrie Morgan in The Whistling Season will welcome him back to Montana in Ivan Doig’s latest adventure…Richly imagined and beautifully paced.”

    Associated Press

  • “Charismatic dialogue and charming, homespun characterization make Doig’s latest another surefire winner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Doig delivers solid storytelling with a keen respect for the past and gives voice to his characters in a humorous and affectionate light.”

    Library Journal

  • “More atmospheric, pleasingly old-fashioned storytelling from Doig, whose ear for the way people spoke and thought in times gone by is as faultless as ever.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the July 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karenbike Patterson | 2/17/2014

    " This is not the typical Doig book. It is sweet and simple but the plot is very weak and the characters are too. Usually Doig has poetic and majestic settings and a plot with tense conflict. Not here. It is Doig "light." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 1/26/2014

    " Doig is a very fine storyteller, and this is one of his best, I think. Set in Butte, MT after W.W. I., with a backdrop of copper mining, barons, unions, and the Reds. Great characters. I love his use of language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan Edwards | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting to see the political pressures vs todays -- writes with a clarity of thought "

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

    " I was disappointed in Doig's latest novel. The book was a little short on plot. The characters were well developed but the story need more work. It would have worked better as a short story. That said, I always look forward to reading Ivan Doig's novels. I hope he has a more complex storyline in development for his next book. "

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