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Publisher's Summary

The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force more than a father and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at 14 by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way.

As David comes to adulthood, enlightened and enlivened at various points by an unforgettable triumvirate of intoxicating women, he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the wood of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as the working people who made their wealth possible. With over 30 years of searching for the truth of what his family has done and trying to make amends, David looks close at the root of his father's evil, and threatens, like Icarus, to destroy himself.

©2004 Jim Harrison (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Good book

Good book. The narrator mispronounces some of the place name, but unless you are familiar with the UP, this should not be a problem, even saying that he has a very pleasant voice, and is great to listen too.

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Not Jim Harrison's best book but still good

Jim Harrison is a great author, I was a bit disappointed because he has set his bar so high but not because it is a bad book. Performance was good and it is definitely worth your time.

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Good Book to Explore Several Aspects of Culture

I found this book to an interesting listen during the cold month of February. Fishing and long walks in the woods with your dog was refreshing. The dark undertones of this man's life and its resolution was very satisfying. I would say that this is one of the better Harrison stories I have listened to, but not the best. I will listen to more stories by him because he writes from a man's point of view that I found refreshing.

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Michigan's Hemingway? National treasure!

Harrison is a captivating, master storyteller. Set with love in Michigan's north woods and waters.

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Too much erotica

Too much erotica and the story is slow. I listened to it to sleep as the narrator’s voice is soothing. So, I didn’t hear all of the book. I was not compelled to back up and listen to all of it. What I did hear was very slow or full of explicit sex. Don’t need it.

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Great Book. loved the Michigan presence.

Great narrator and loved the book. From Michigan very familiar with his references of the UP,, Sugar Island etc.

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If your a fan

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. I think you have to be a Harrison fan to enjoy this one. Those not versed in Harrison might find the editorializing intrusive

What was one of the most memorable moments of True North?

Explanation of Jesse's motivations

Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

If you could rename True North, what would you call it?

Fifty Shades of Rape

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Waste of time…

Felt like it never really got anywhere. Monotone narration of a dull story of family loathing. I wanted to like this book and listened to completion, but regret the wasted hours.

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Sorry, couldn’t finish this one

As others have pointed out, the story’s painfully slow pace, seeming to be going nowhere, and the main character’s obsession with sex just thwarted my interest. I tried, I really did. …

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Epic

The epic story of a reckless, lost boy groping his way toward peace and reconciliation with his family's past. Loved it. Beautiful and messy storytelling that refuses to trade in cliché. Harrison clearly loves the Upper Peninsula and it's one of the main characters in this novel. At this point, I want to read/listen to everything he wrote.