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I came across Driving on the Rim when I accidently clicked on the wrong audio blog on iTunes and got a reading my Thomas McGuane (instead of New York Times Book Review). I enjoyed his reading and bought this one on the spot. I don't listen to fiction as a rule and generally find myself disappointed. Driving on the Rim is a pleasant "listen in the car on a trip" book, however. It concerns Berl Pickett who is a housepainter come doctor who practices in Livingston, Montana. The beauty of the book is the descriptions McGuane offers the reader on fishing, patients, clinic infighting by personnel, birding, and generally what it is like to live in a rural area. The reading of Traber Burns is very good.
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It seemed like the story was not being told in chronological order, yet it was. Like the beautiful silk lining of a fine coat, there were stories layered into stories, stitched with hidden threads, told in a way that didn't make sense till you moved forward or thought back. Then, once you understand what the author's doing and has done, you move into the more straightforward part of the story and it becomes a wonderful novel, with deep characters and plenty of plot. I really liked the narrator (first book I ever listened to and I must say it spoiled me compared to others I've heard since).