The Dying Grass

  • by William T. Vollmann
  • Narrated by Henry Strozier
  • 53 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The National Book Award winner takes listeners inside the epic fighting retreat of the Nez Perce Indians.
In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War. Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the US Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from Northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border. Vollmann's main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend, and killer. Teeming with many vivid characters on both sides of the conflict and written in an original style, The Dying Grass is another mesmerizing achievement from one of the most ambitious writers of our time.

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Great listening experience!

It took a couple of hours to get accustomed to the writing style but Henry Strozier's performance soon brought it all together. the research and subtexts were very well done and their incorporation into the novel was seamless.
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- Christopher

Borrrrrrrring & hard to follow

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This was painful


What could William T. Vollmann have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Better transitions


How could the performance have been better?

Made me want to sleep


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dying Grass?

About 40 hours


Any additional comments?

Wish I would have looked into this more first

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- Michelle Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books