Sweet Thunder: A Novel

  • by Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by Jonathan Hogan
  • 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, debuted in Doig’s best-selling book The Whistling Season, promises to be less a windfall than a money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems - like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion. These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for The Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well - the struggle to win lasting love for himself.

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Another great story from Doig

The historic details that are provided through the story about Butte and Anaconda's control of Montana are spot on. Having lived in Montana and travelled through Butte, it's easy to "see" the characters play out their lives in this tumultuous backdrop. I'm a long-time fan of Ivan Doig and pretty much enjoy anything he writes!

However, I did NOT enjoy the narrator of this audio version. His inflection was often off and there was little or no differentiation between characters. I found myself repeating the lines after him in what I thought would have been a much better cadence or emphasis, I was that unhappy with his performance. The story itself kept me listening but the narration was grating.
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- Lorna

What Fun!

This book is just fun. The characters are a hoot. I would recommend reading/listening to Work Song first. (which is also delightful).
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- Annie Schneider

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-20-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books