• Martin Marten

  • A Novel
  • By: Brian Doyle
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Martin Marten

By: Brian Doyle
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
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Dave is 14 years old, living with his family in a cabin on Oregon's Mount Hood (or as he prefers to call it, like the Multnomah tribal peoples once did, Wy'east). Dave will soon enter high school, with adulthood and a future not far off - a future away from his mother, father, his precocious younger sister, and the wilderness where he's lived all his life.

And Dave is not the only one approaching adulthood and its freedoms on Wy'east that summer. Martin, a pine marten (of the mustelid family), is leaving his own mother and siblings and setting off on his own as well.

As Dave and Martin set off on their own adventures, their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of Oregon's soaring mountain wilderness in search of life, family, friends, enemies, wonder, mystery, and good things to eat?

Martin Marten is a braided coming-of-age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle's joyous, rollicking style.

©2015 Brian Doyle (P)2017 Tantor

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Captivated to the end

I liked the feeling of the book. The characters just walked right in & made themselves at home in my world. I had read & loved Mink River so was fully prepared to love this one. Mr. Doyle is a gifted wordsmith & obviously knows a great deal about wild life. I learned something on nearly every page. He makes us aware of our responsibilities for our earth without preaching. Well done.

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A beautifully written tale

Doyle once again captured a true sense of communal harmony with nature, creating a balanced perspective that shares both human and animal personas. The warmth, authenticity and humor expressed in his storytelling is totally engaging. This writer will be sorely missed by so many devoted readers.

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View nature in a different way.

Good story. Author creates a way for the reader to think of all of the individual stories and perspectives of everything around us.

I don't understand the overuse of the word "infinitesimally " that is used throughout the book.

I must now make it a goal to put eyes upon a Marten before my time is through in this world.

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A wonderful story!

Brian Doyle hits the mark again with this gem of a book in which multiple characters, animal and human alike, discover themselves. His deep love and reverence for nature and all things Oregon shines through. Characters are quirky and likable, each with their own philosophical bent. The narrator was excellent in getting the nuances of the story across!

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Infinitesimally infinitesimal

Infinitesimal in its romanticism. Cute, with fairly lovable characters, a mountainside picture is painted. Many a plot could have thickened. Good Job, Mr Baldree,Thank you.