In The Wandering Hill, Larry McMurtry continues the story of Tasmin Berrybender and her family in the unexplored Wild West of the 1830s, at that point in time when Lewis and Clark are still a living memory, and when the clash between the powerful Indian tribes of the Missouri and the encroaching white Americans is about to turn into full-blown tragedy. Amidst all this, the Berrybender family - English, eccentric, wealthy, and fiercely out of place - continues their journey of exploration, although beset by difficulties, tragedies, and the increasing hardships of day-to-day survival.
Abandoning their luxurious steamer, which is stuck in the ice near the Knife River, they make their way overland to the confluence of the Missouri and the Yellowstone. Tasmin is about to become a mother, living with the elusive young mountain man Jim Snow. Theirs is a great love affair, lived out in conditions of great risk.
From the murder of the iced-in steamship's crew to the appearance of the Partezon, a particularly blood-thirsty Sioux warrior with a band of over two hundred, The Wandering Hill is at once literature on a grand scale and riveting entertainment by a master storyteller.
Listen to the other books in Larry McMurtry's Berrybender saga.
©2003 Larry McMurty (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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"As in any McMurtry novel, each character the reader meets has glorious quirks, and Alfred Molina gives an understated, eloquent performance that allows the language to shine....A larger-than-life American adventure." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Skeptical consumer on 13-06-03


This installment is even better than the first, Sin Killer. The combination of McMurtry's writing and Molina's versitile performance makes for great listening. It is truly like "watching" a wonderful play when listening to this book. I am not one to go on with superlatives, but this production was outstanding.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 21-08-03

The Wandering Hill

This is the second book in the continuing saga of the Berrybender 'tribe'. Even though the Berrybenders are Englishmen (and definitely WOMEN) to the core, this is a very accurate appellation since they seem to bring with them their version of reality to the untamed wilderness of early America. The characters and circumstances are so rich and novel, the author brings them alive to the point that I feel an active loathing and equal admiration for a number of the characters. This is a wonderful 'listen' that I recommend to all.

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