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Publisher's Summary

From one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers, Legends of the Fall is Jim Harrison's classic trilogy of epic novellas.

The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels - Legends of the Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name - confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

Set in the Rocky Mountains, Legends of the Fall is the epic tale of three brothers and their lives of passion, madness, exploration, and danger at the beginning of World War I. In Revenge, love causes the course of a man's life to be savagely and irrevocably altered. And in The Man Who Gave Up His Name, a man named Nordstrom is unable to relinquish his consuming obsessions with women, dancing, and food.

©1980 Jim Harrison (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Janice
  • 29-06-2014

Cello music

I chose this book because I have watched “Legends of the Fall” movie countless times, and because Mark Bramhall is one of my favorite narrators. Ranking the three novellas, I thought “Legends” was the best overall story, “Revenge” the one that affected me the deepest, and “The Man Who Gave Up His Name” the least relatable (making it 4 stars instead of 5). If you are already familiar with “Legends” and “Revenge” from their movies, know that the source stories told here are not straight repeats, but still wonderfully written. “Revenge” in particular provided strong characters in Cochran and Tibby.

Strongly masculine tales, there is a common thread of midlife self-doubt and sense of loss that could become depressing if Harrison’s writing was less masterful. If the stories had a soundtrack, it would be the beautiful but melancholy music of the cello – expressing a soulful yearning that communicates to the reader. Bramhall's reading ensures the cello is pitch perfect. I loved the stories, admired the writing, and will likely look for more of Harrison’s offerings.

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  • Gerald
  • 10-10-2015

So much more then a movie could ever hope to capture

This is a post midlife MASTERPIECE!
3 embraceable stories that will fill you with contemplation and rip at your soul.
Few books have I ever read that I felt I would return to over and over for the rest of my life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-2018

one of the best writers I have ever encountered.

the command of the lenguage and the time and description management in the stories are a piece of American art.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-2018

So different!<br /><br />

Well, sorry I am a romantic! I loved the movie.
The book was disappointing to me. It was completely different! I almost didn't recognize it.
I also thought this was the most sloppy of the three novellas.

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  • Elemental
  • 17-04-2018

Good Narrator for Amazing Work

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Jim Harrison was at the top of his game when he wrote these three novellas. The title story is the most famous, and it is deserving of its fame, but the other two are just as good. They don't get the same attention, probably because they aren't set during WW1 and Prohibition. They are worth hearing.
Mark Bramhall has a very good voice for Harrison's characters. He's appropriately gravelly.

Jim Harrison was one of our finest authors, and I wish more of his older stuff was on audiobooks.

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  • Mrs. Morrison
  • 23-02-2018

One if my favorites

An amazing story. I own the book, audio and movie. The author captures the attention of the reader within the first paragraph of most all of his stories. well worth reading

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  • Kimberly
  • 02-10-2016

Read legends of the fall for legends of the fall

The first story was okay, the second one was not great, but it was all worth it for the third novella that bears the name of the this trilogy, the legends of the fall.

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  • T. Powell
  • 16-09-2016

Not as good as I hoped.

For me the dust story was the best. Then it was down hill from there. Other reviews say the opposite. But at the end of book, I felt nothing.

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  • CGJ
  • 13-04-2015

Beautiful. Descriptive. Raw. Real.

Would you consider the audio edition of Legends of the Fall to be better than the print version?

Different. Not better. Each medium has its own beauty.

What other book might you compare Legends of the Fall to and why?

"A River Runs Through it". Masculine. Outdoors. Wilderness. Hunting & fishing in nature and love of being IN nature and how it's so closely related to our human survival. Jim Harrison's "True North" is another one that comes to mind. Other ones are "All the Pretty Horses" and "Lonesome Dove". Loved these books.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Tristan saw Decker again, they "lifted" each other. Guys bear hugs. True affection & friendship. They work outside building and making things with their hands that are necessary for themselves and their families to survive on the ranch.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

Any additional comments?

Jim Harrison's work in the late 70's are superb. I did not like some of this later works. Some scenes were too graphic for me - I do realize it's probably because there was no sugar coating - which I appreciate.

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  • David
  • 28-10-2015

Not the movie! Don't do it

What would have made Legends of the Fall better?

I expected to find the story on which the movie was based. This is a collection of short stories. The first two are simply bad. The last one is a short version of the movie. Rent or buy the movie

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  • 28-03-2014

Definately not Legends of the falls the movie!!

What did you like best about Legends of the Fall? What did you like least?

This was bought on the premise of it being the same as the move The legends of the falls however it has nothing whatsoever to do with it. It is totally different .

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