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Publisher's Summary

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman who is addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer, and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime is committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking. This is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and when the book ends, listeners will be more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

©2010 Brian Doyle (P)2014 Tantor Media

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"Doyle writes with an inventive and seductive style that echoes that of ancient storytellers." ( Library Journal Starred Review

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  • Diane
  • 02-08-2015

Unique performance of literary art.

Like walking out of the theater after a great performance I felt I was a better person after the experience. Such rich entertainment. I've had this book on my shelf for years but so glad I waited for the audio version. Drummond was perfect! Thanks.

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  • Molly-o
  • 01-06-2015

Very unusual book but flawed

Brian Doyle is a very talented writer - he can capture a moment and place you right in the place he is describing in an instant. Somewhere along the line, someone applauded his use of lists as a means by which to dramatize his stories. The first couple of lists -- woven throughout the novel -- are very satisfying and ingenious really. Then they get old and then they get annoying. I will never be his editor, but, if I were, I would say -- let the schtick go and use your amazing talent to just weave a tale.

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  • Bob
  • 23-12-2019

what a joy to experience!

I loved this book from start to finish. having the audiobook version really brought the story to life. sometimes I struggle with reading books which are more lyrical and mystical as Mink River certainly is. also, I noticed that when a book has many characters, having a great narrator helps to keep them straight as he can give subtle inflections that help in that department. this is definitely in my top 10 all-time audiobooks of my nearly 400.

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  • Karen K. Green
  • 27-02-2017

I wasn't ready for the story to end!

Very engaging story. Loved the characters and descriptions of the setting. The narration enhances an already enthralling tale.

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  • Silvar
  • 25-07-2016

Good listening again and again!

Enjoy the depth of character development, the turn of events and the variety of stories.

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  • sjineug
  • 20-05-2015

Oregon's Story

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is in love with Oregon, stories, poetry and crows. Off to Brian Doyle's next book. Thank you. A University of Oregon alum, but I do like Beaver Baseball.

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  • Mary
  • 19-06-2015

beautifully written, poorly read

How could the performance have been better?

I think this books needs a different narrator -- one who can bring a little more subtlety and humor to the reading. I'll go and find it in print, but won't listen further to this production.

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  • fencingwithafiddle
  • 18-11-2020

masterfully written story

I wish there was a sequel, and I never wanted to stop listening once started. loved it !

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  • Suzi
  • 05-11-2020

magical!

this book was just as magical as Doyle's other books. he is masterful at weaving story with place and people. a beautiful escape for all to enjoy!

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  • Glenda Sharp
  • 19-10-2020

One of the least interesting books ever.

Simply not a style of writing I could enjoy either at an intellectual, emotional, or entertainment level. Got halfway through and simply found both the writing and performance even more irritating than crows and ravens. Would have put it down earlier if it hadn't been selected by my bookclub.

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  • SSN
  • 26-07-2020

A book for all generations, a book to be treasured

The late Brian Doyle was a story teller par exellence, someone who brought to life the land, it's inhabitants of all species with humour, respect and superb craftsmanship. I never tire of listening or reading his work and I think Mink River is a jewel, one to be read in schools, in libraries and book groups. David Drummond is the perfect narrator, able to inhabit men, women, children of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, even the rivers sing in his voice and the magnificent Crow is so well articulated that he is as vital to the narrative as the leading players. What a gift, a legacy Brian Doyle left us and especially the Pacific North West of the USA.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 07-10-2014

Life and death in a small town

This was a strange wee story, but great. It was going along fine as a plain old fiction novel, where the inhabitants of a coastal town are struggling economically then dipped into fantasy as the residents spoke to and related with a crow called Moses.

The majority of the town are Irish/Native American Indian and there were great wee legends from each culture. There was a disturbing miscarriage scene but that didn't spoil the novel as a whole.

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