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    From one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers, Legends of the Fall is Jim Harrison's classic trilogy of epic novellas.

    The publication of this magnificent trilogy of short novels - Legends of the Fall, Revenge, and The Man Who Gave Up His Name - confirmed Jim Harrison's reputation as one of the finest American writers of his generation. These absorbing novellas explore the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, adding up to an extraordinary vision of the twentieth-century man.

    Set in the Rocky Mountains, Legends of the Fall is the epic tale of three brothers and their lives of passion, madness, exploration, and danger at the beginning of World War I. In Revenge, love causes the course of a man's life to be savagely and irrevocably altered. And in The Man Who Gave Up His Name, a man named Nordstrom is unable to relinquish his consuming obsessions with women, dancing, and food.

    ©1980 Jim Harrison (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    • Gerald
    • 10/10/2015

    So much more then a movie could ever hope to capture

    This is a post midlife MASTERPIECE!
    3 embraceable stories that will fill you with contemplation and rip at your soul.
    Few books have I ever read that I felt I would return to over and over for the rest of my life

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    • T. Powell
    • 16/09/2016

    Not as good as I hoped.

    For me the dust story was the best. Then it was down hill from there. Other reviews say the opposite. But at the end of book, I felt nothing.

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    • champ
    • 05/12/2019

    Astonishing...

    One of the most beautiful written things I've ever had the pleasure to read/listen too...

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    • Janice
    • 29/06/2014

    Cello music

    I chose this book because I have watched “Legends of the Fall” movie countless times, and because Mark Bramhall is one of my favorite narrators. Ranking the three novellas, I thought “Legends” was the best overall story, “Revenge” the one that affected me the deepest, and “The Man Who Gave Up His Name” the least relatable (making it 4 stars instead of 5). If you are already familiar with “Legends” and “Revenge” from their movies, know that the source stories told here are not straight repeats, but still wonderfully written. “Revenge” in particular provided strong characters in Cochran and Tibby.

    Strongly masculine tales, there is a common thread of midlife self-doubt and sense of loss that could become depressing if Harrison’s writing was less masterful. If the stories had a soundtrack, it would be the beautiful but melancholy music of the cello – expressing a soulful yearning that communicates to the reader. Bramhall's reading ensures the cello is pitch perfect. I loved the stories, admired the writing, and will likely look for more of Harrison’s offerings.

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    • Blake
    • 27/06/2020

    A Bit Underwhelming

    Legends of the Fall is the title of the third of three separate short stories in this book. It is not one novel but three novellas. Measuring by the sum of its parts, this read falls well short of my expectations, having heard a glowing review in an NPR piece. The first story, about lust and vengeance, develops its hero into an empathetic character in vivid surroundings despite the limitations of the short novella format The story and its supporting characters unfold in a fast paced narrative that turned out to be the high water mark of the total collection. The second story is convoluted and untranslatable into anything resembling an interesting narrative. If you skip it entirely you will save a couple hours and could accomplish a more entertaining task such as doing laundry. The third and final story, the namesake Legends of the Fall, is packed with barely developed characters across a wide timeframe and multiple locations that reads like the Cliff Notes of a larger and much better work. Its ambitions for a sweeping family story across war and rivalry never stays put in any one subplot long enough for the reader to care about anyone or anything happening to these figures. The narrator has the perfect rough-hewn voice for the material and almost succeeds in dragging the listener through the narrative, as if a pitchman selling an ordinary product in an informercial. However, the narrator’s phrasing is off in numerous places, with the cadence of one thought colliding with the following, clear indications that he didn’t pre-read the material before speaking it. The total effort in this work is disappointing.

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    • James Caraway
    • 06/08/2019

    great book

    really enjoyed this book feel as if it ended a little earlier than need. I was really enjoy elongated it.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 21/07/2018

    A must read to understand recent American nobels

    Jim does an outstanding job composing this tree books. The detail that he brings to the story as well as the reach vocabulary and geographical relation is outstanding. I have listen to this series. 4 times in the last year. And I have found new paths the the imagination each time. Mark also does a perfect job on the story telling. fantastic convo

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    • Elemental
    • 17/04/2018

    Good Narrator for Amazing Work

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    Jim Harrison was at the top of his game when he wrote these three novellas. The title story is the most famous, and it is deserving of its fame, but the other two are just as good. They don't get the same attention, probably because they aren't set during WW1 and Prohibition. They are worth hearing.
    Mark Bramhall has a very good voice for Harrison's characters. He's appropriately gravelly.

    Jim Harrison was one of our finest authors, and I wish more of his older stuff was on audiobooks.

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    • Kimberly
    • 02/10/2016

    Read legends of the fall for legends of the fall

    The first story was okay, the second one was not great, but it was all worth it for the third novella that bears the name of the this trilogy, the legends of the fall.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 17/12/2020

    This is the wrong book

    This is by the same author but its not the correct book. This is actually Jim Harrison book revenge for anyone who wants to know what they actually read. If you made it that far

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    • BikerJoe
    • 16/10/2015

    Stories of Love, Violence and Death

    This is the first Jim Harrison, I read or listened to. His prose and style are impeccable and a perfect fit to the rough and sometimes violent content. Three relatively short novellas are put together in this book:

    1.“Legend of the Fall” is probably best known for the movie of the same title. The novella is a concise version of a family saga. Three brothers grow up on the horse breeding farm of their successful father. The three brothers are close, but completely different in their character. The oldest one is conservative and ambitious with some management skills. The second one is a wild, adventurous boy with a deep love for nature. The youngest one is good natured, full of optimism and very talented and gifted. World-War I brings this family idyll to a sudden end. Death, violence and jealousy leave their mark on the family and it becomes increasingly difficult to adjust to the changed world after the war.

    2.“Revenge” is a story of blind, passionate love, the betrayal of friendship and cruel and violent revenge. The wife of a drug lord starts an affair with a close friend of her husband. The blind passion of the two lovers leads to disaster and destroys the life of all involved.

    3.“The man who gave up his name” tells the story of Nordstrom, a man whose life is ruined by his obsession with women, dancing and food.

    The common denominator of the three stories is the raw passion of people, who cannot help but respond with violence to a crisis. They are aware of the pending disaster, but their emotions and feelings do not leave them a choice.

    To me some of this appeared to be exaggerated and unreal, but the story telling in itself was good enough to make me curious to read some more of Jim Harrison.