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Whiskey When We're Dry

Written by: John Larison
Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
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Named a Best Book by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, Southern Living, Outside Magazine, Oprah.com, HelloGiggles, Parade, Fodor’s Travel, Sioux City Journal, Read it Forward, Medium.com, and NPR’s All Things Considered

"A thunderclap of originality, here is a fresh voice and fresh take on one of the oldest stories we tell about ourselves as Americans and Westerners. It's riveting in all the right ways - a damn good read that stayed with me long after closing the covers." (Timothy Egan, New York Times best-selling author of The Worst Hard Time)

From a blazing new voice in fiction, a gritty and lyrical American epic about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy and heads west

In the spring of 1885, 17-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess' quest lands her in the employ of the territory's violent, capricious governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah - dead or alive.

Wrestling with her brother's outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

Told in Jess' wholly original and unforgettable voice, Whiskey When We're Dry is a stunning achievement, an epic as expansive as America itself - and a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history.

©2018 John Larison (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Radarchick
  • 2018-08-28

Loved It!

I rarely leave reviews, but this was an excellent pairing of story and narrator, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and the last few books I started didn’t really hold my interest, which is unusual for me, so I’m really glad to have found this one. The story was engaging and the the narrator’s voice was perfect, with no mechanical pauses or voices that didn’t fit to pull me out of the story.

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  • Harold
  • 2018-09-25

A pleasant freshness

Sick of CIA type heroes? Love history accurately shared? It's a good one
I do 2 or 3 books a week, its worth a listen

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  • stuartjash
  • 2019-08-14

Surprisingly fantastic

I'm not typically one to take in a Western. I listen to mostly thrillers, with some history books thrown in here and there. I actually got this book mainly because I found out I went to the same college as the author.

I thought this book was fantastic. Told in the first-person of young, 17-year-old Jessilyn, this book has lots of action and kept me engaged the entire time, which I was honestly I little worried about, especially coming from so many thriller novels. The narrator was absolutely superb, crossing from male to female flawlessly in a western accent. I really loved this book, and I highly recommend it.

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  • Sarah Lynn
  • 2018-11-18

I did not really like this book

The book started out good and I thought I was really going to like it but then it just went nowhere and the storyline lost me . I couldn’t even finish it

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  • donvstheworld
  • 2018-09-09

Good narration kept me listening

Long book with lots of unnecessary description, predictable, but good for listening while doing chores.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-08

The narrator...

Was exquisite. There are many audiobooks that I will not purchase based on the way one narrates...I was excited by this story and SO pleased with the narrator’s incredible articulation and richness in story telling. I will look for more books narrated by her in the future.

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  • Koni Bock
  • 2019-10-18

Very hard to put down

I am one that hate stories that drag out and does not go anywhere at the end. This is not one of them a lot of action. I can see where a lot of this kind of thing could of happened back then.

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  • Seamus
  • 2019-10-04

Loved it

Fabulous listen. Narrator is the best. Writing is superb, descriptions are so clear it made me feel I was there

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  • Ben
  • 2019-09-06

Epic

John Larison’s Whiskey When We’re Dry is an intense, tragic, and beautiful story about family, love, and the will to survive.

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  • G'amazing
  • 2019-08-31

Loved this one!

The characters are captivating and the writing was so poetic. The vocal performance was perfect for this story.

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