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Now an Academy Award-winning Netflix film by Jane Campion, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst: Thomas Savage's acclaimed Western is "a pitch-perfect evocation of time and place" (Boston Globe) for fans of East of Eden and Brokeback Mountain.

Set in the wide-open spaces of the American West, The Power of the Dog is a stunning story of domestic tyranny, brutal masculinity, and thrilling defiance from one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in American literature. The novel tells the story of two brothers—one magnetic but cruel, the other gentle and quiet—and of the mother and son whose arrival on the brothers’ ranch shatters an already tenuous peace. From the novel’s startling first paragraph to its very last word, Thomas Savage’s voice—and the intense passion of his characters—holds listeners in thrall.

"Gripping and powerful...A work of literary art." —Annie Proulx, from her afterword

©2009 Thomas Savage (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

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  • Trevor
  • 2021-09-08

Abrupt Ending and Hard to Follow Story

I found the story hard to follow at points. The author does a wonderful job character building but I felt that the ending was very very abrupt and confusing. There was little to no segway into the end and I had to rewind the book to see if I missed something.

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  • Linda Artac
  • 2021-11-22

Quick listen

Personally I found the book boring. Sometimes it was difficult to follow the reader and know who was saying what. There is a lot of chatter back and forth among characters but it’s not really interesting and I didn’t find the story engaging either.

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  • Lolita Watkins
  • 2021-09-08

Loved the performance of this book

I’m not familiar with Chad Michael Collins, as an actor but his reading extended my imagination and evocation of the book. I listen to books often these days, and it used to be that some books were ruined by what I now do absolutely view as performances, but audio books have gotten constantly better. Often they could not compete with the voice in my head, or they clashed horribly with what I wanted to hear. Chad Michael Collins has the correct voice to narrate this book, or maybe more importantly he has the voice that extends the meaning of the book. His vaguely western intonation and its authoritative depth brought to mind the time and place of a western landscape to my mind compelling me to listen late into the night. This is a story about masculinity, and the voice with it’s rich masculine rasp is like a confession of hubris. It felt like the author’s voice telling this story. The events in the story are dramatic, while all the drama is withheld and suppressed, the reading is exactly that.

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  • Whitney Harrison
  • 2021-11-01

Stunning

This book is masterfully written. I love that I did not at all see what was coming in the ending and that made all the more beautiful to me. I will hold this incredible work with me dearly as it truly is a magnificent story. Also, I enjoyed the narration very much. The slow even pace at fist made me wonder if I would come to think it monotonous. Instead, it became almost spooky as I began to feel a sense of coming dread. Wonderful wonderful book.

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  • Laurie
  • 2021-12-15

A Good Read

I saw the movie and thought that there might be more depth in the book. So I went to Audible and here it is and it’s well done and beautifully written. It helped me appreciate the way the Director fleshed out some things that are not overtly discussed in the book and I found some other things to appreciate in the story that are not addressed in the film. I highly recommend this reading. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-17

Beautiful writing on a tragic story

A brilliant and amazing story, especially in character development. The depiction urges me to read. The narrator was so great in telling the story. The ending makes me shocked and sad though, highly recommend it!

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  • rana
  • 2021-12-13

Intelligent novel

I choose this book because I saw the movie. It is as excellent as the movie. A must-read!

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  • Donna
  • 2021-10-13

Captivating

Terrific experience- engrossing and meaningful- could not put it down! Very happy to spend the entire day with it!

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  • Virginia Varland
  • 2021-09-23

Captivating

Never written a review before, but I am compelled to say that I was engrossed from the first sentence to the last. I’ve always liked character-driven books, but this one really delivers character interiority that dominates and builds excellent tension that kept me captivated without much action. The narrator is a great match for the text with a handsomely rugged voice. Definitely one to recommend.

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  • catherine
  • 2021-12-21

wonderful

This is not my genre of interest at all but after viewing the movie on Netflix, I wanted to know more background of each character.
I was simply enthralled by the novel. Thomas Savage writes so beautifully and deeply he had me longing for more. I felt like I was right there in those mountains feeling so cold. The book is better than the movie and the movie is outstanding. Pace may be a little slow in the movie but that is all Jane.

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