The Spectator Bird

  • by Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "killing time before time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. But a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before. The memories of that trip to his mother's birthplace move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough.

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National Book Award Winner, 2006

"Elegant and entertaining. . . .Every scene is adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished." (The Atlantic)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-09-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.