Doc

Doc

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty-six-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Books on Tape, p2011
ISBN: 9780307877895
0307877892
Additional Contributors: Bramhall, Mark
OverDrive, Inc

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danielestes
Oct 11, 2016

Do you know the story of Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and the O.K. Corral? I knew of it, sort of, but none of the details. I certainly didn't know anything about the Earp Bros. and Holliday when they lived in Dodge City, Kansas years before the shootout in Tombstone. This book, Doc, is a half fiction, half non-fiction retelling of how their lives became entwined trying to eke out a living on the dusty Kansas frontier.

For the first third of the story I had difficulty connecting with the characters—everyone's motivations seemed so disparate, which I suppose makes sense given the story's historical basis—but by the end I was in love with all of them. Mary Doria Russell has a blessed gift for dialect. The banter from late 19th century pioneer days is spot on, at least as far as I can tell.

And while the story's epilogue was one of the most satisfying I've read in a long while, the part that sealed the deal for me, strangely enough, was the Author's Note at the end. Mrs. Russell relates how she came by telling the story of John Henry "Doc" Holliday, intrigued to explore the man apart from the myth, and if, like me, you find yourself wondering just how much of this story is true, her answer is curiously illuminating, "More than you think."

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SuzeParker
Apr 02, 2016

I loved this book on several levels:
1) Russell's writing is delicious. She can do it all - make you feel the grit of a dusty, southwest Kansas cowtown, get at your heart, make you laugh. Oh, to write like that!
2) By the time you're a little way into the book, the main characters feel like people you know in your everyday life. Some of them you'd want to spend time and have deep conversations with; some you'd gossip with your friends about; some you'd dislike but observe closely because of the power they wield in your community; some you wouldn't understand but would admire. In short, Russell gives flesh and bone and breath to her characters.
3) I spent a few years in Dodge City myself, and "getting to know" historical figures that are still a point of pride there was a treat.
4) Listening to the audiobook only enhanced this story. Mark Bramhall could read the phone book and make it riveting.

Outstanding! I hated for this book to end.

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kgillo
Nov 27, 2012

One of the best listening experiences!

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becker
Apr 02, 2012

A very enjoyable book although not what you might expect. This is a great story about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. It reads more like historical fiction than a western. I found the audio production to be so entertaining. It really pulls you into the time and setting. The dialogue among the characters was excellent and it was narrated perfectly. There are moments of tenderness and moments of humour. My only complaint was that I thought it dragged just a bit in a few places but it wasn't a major issue. Overall, a good book.

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Knix
Dec 06, 2011

I really, really, really enjoyed this book! I have always loved Doc Holiday and it's always helpful when the voice actor has the gift of story telling.

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