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Editorial Reviews

Memories of a British childhood mix with reflections on the natural world over a course of a year of fly fishing in Canadian conservationist Roderick L. Haig-Brown’s A River Never Sleeps.

Born in Sussex and first coming to Canada as a teenager, Haig-Brown seeks out steelhead salmon in the wilds of British Columbia in this 1946 classic. Phil Williams brings a measured tone to his performance, echoing the depiction of the river as a timeless place.

Subtly written, few works have captured the pleasures of fly fishing so eloquently as this one.

Publisher's Summary

Few books have captured the haunting world of music and rivers and of the sport they provide as well as A River Never Sleeps. Roderick L. Haig-Brown writes of fishing not just as a sport, but also as an art. He knows moving water and the life within it - its subtlest mysteries and perpetual delights. He is a man who knows fish lore as few people ever will, and the legends and history of a great sport.

Month by month, he takes you from river to river, down at last to the saltwater and the sea: in January, searching for the steelhead in the dark, cold water; in May, fishing for bright, sea-run cutthroats; and on to the chilly days of October and the majestic run of spawning salmon. All the great joy of angling is here: the thrill of fishing during a thunderstorm, the sight of a river in freshet or a river calm and hushed, the suspense of a skillful campaign to capture some half-glimpsed trout or salmon of extraordinary size, and the excitement of playing and landing a momentous fish.

A River Never Sleeps is one of the enduring classics of angling. It will provide a rich listening experience for all who love fishing or rivers.

©2012 Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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"One of the 20th century's most gifted angling writers." ( The New York Times)

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  • 29-05-2015

The narration ruins this book

A narrator can be the voice of the author in so many ways, capturing the spirit of the book and making it come alive. For other books the narrator can just ruin the whole thing. This was one of the latter. The narration is just poorly done. There is a sing-song nature to the voice, horrible, dopey charter voices and the whole time it just killed what should have been a book I loved. I'm going to have to read.

Don't get this book on Audible. It will ruin it for you.

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  • 04-02-2019

River Fisherman Get It

Fishing rivers is a science and this author understands it. I really enjoyed the journey he take us on. Its tough to understand the river and how it works and how the fish use it . It takes many years even on the same stretch to one up the fish that live there. Thanks

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  • Mr. Simon Frobisher
  • 30-07-2018

Wrong Narrator, Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

Oh Dear, a lovely book by a lovely man. Unfortunately for some reason an American narrator was chosen when these are the words of an Englishman of "genteel" birth. To hear Haig-Browns words so mispronounced grated throughout. There would be nothing wrong with this narrator, were he reading an American's words - but the non-stop mispronunciations of English place names and American pronunciations of other words such that Haigh-Brown would never have uttered. This irritated me throughout the book. A very poor choice of Narrator severely limited my enjoyment of a favourite book.

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