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The Habit of Rivers

By: Ted Leeson,John Gierach - foreword
Narrated by: Allan Robertson
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Originally published in 1994, this book was a fly-fishing phenomenon in the way Howell Raines' Fly Fishing Through the Mid-Life Crisis was. Taking his fishing hobby to near metaphysical levels, Ted Leeson tells about his passions: rivers, trout, and fly fishing. With wry humor and rare insight, he explores questions that engage most fishermen: What is it about rivers that draws us so irresistibly, and why does fly fishing seem such an aptly suited response? Above all, The Habit of Rivers is about ways of seeing the wonderfully textured world that emanates from a river.

©1994 Ted Leeson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Travis
  • 17-03-2018

Greatest Book I've Ever Listened To.

Honestly, this is the greatest and most moving book I've ever listened to. It brought back so many memories of my grandfather that upon finishing it tonight I cried. I cried like a bitch. I hope you purchase this audiobooks and listen to it and take in what is said. This book is legitimately deep in meaning and I understand the author completely.

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  • Pete
  • 28-06-2016

Thank You

Thank you to the authors for putting into words what I can only feel. I think people often wonder why I fish so much and with this book I have some way to answer that is far more elegant then what I can put forth.

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  • Steve Hillman MD
  • 20-05-2016

The spirit of the thing

Finally. Eloquence and fire in the river of the mind.
This is a truly great listen.

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  • George Phillips
  • 17-07-2017

Awesome

This book hits home with ANY dedicated fly fisherman/woman.

No one could possible describe into words our passion as he has.

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  • ROBERT C. ARCHIBALD
  • 11-09-2023

It is so good!

So well written, so well narrated (audio book), so enjoyable. A book like this just deepens the romance we have with the fly and the river. Can’t recommend the book enough!

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  • Glenn Archer
  • 17-07-2023

The essence of fishing

Such an enjoyable book!
Put into words what I never could and have never heard before. Robertson is perfect for the telling and voices the thoughts of the author as if he wrote it himself.
In spite of the forward noting Ted Leeson didn’t write it as if he were an English teacher I found the grown up language a breath of fresh air not often heard in todays world. I greatly enjoyed the vocabulary and masterful art of words.

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  • Simona
  • 10-09-2022

Despite its indisputable literary merits, quite tedious

Maybe because I don’t enjoy fishing, I found the book tedious albeit its literary quality is outstanding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2022

A great listen…

Robertson does a tremendous job of unpacking the joy of fly fishing and connecting with nature through the moving water of a river. I enjoyed it.

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  • Brennan
  • 19-07-2021

meh

First of all, this is art... but not my kind of art. It was like a love story that must be very meaningful to the one who wrote it and maybe to the one it was about but not integrating to me. I don't want to discourage others who wish to write about fly fishing as there are not enough books out there on this subject, but was hoping for something more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-05-2020

Way better than I first made it out to be

A fantastic meditation on nature and the fisherman in it. A fascination that increased until the ending.

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  • L DUFF
  • 13-01-2023

The Habit of Rivers

Was ok ,but doubt I would read it again.There we’re a few good chapters though.

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  • Dylan OFlynn
  • 28-07-2020

Not for me

I thought I was going to love it but it feels so pompous and preachy. Would not recommend.

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  • Kandipandi
  • 11-09-2019

Wow

Listening again 3rd time! Utterly absorbing, beautifully written but most of all absolutely spot on.

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  • geoff nemec
  • 10-05-2018

Wonderful book extremely well read.

The narrative flows like the rivers brought to life in this classic. I loved every minute.

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  • Charlie
  • 07-12-2017

A wonderful description of the essence of angling

Ted Leeson describes the reasons why we go trout fishing better than anyone else I have ever read, even John Gierach! A total joy.

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  • Colin Watterson
  • 09-04-2015

Wonderful Fly Fishing Read

Simply, superb! The quality of this work should stand head and shoulders up there with mainstream literary prowess, but for the niche topic of fly fishing...

I feel very fortunate that our pastime has been graced with such a work of genius..

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