High Plains Tango by Robert James Waller audiobook

High Plains Tango: A Novel

By Robert James Waller
Read by Robertson Dean

Random House Audio 9780307209948
9.89 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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With over 10 million copies sold, bestselling author Robert James Waller returns with the haunting, evocative story of a small town, a beautiful and mysterious woman, and the man forever changed by both. The wild places are where no one is looking anymore. Out there on the high plains, among the Sioux reservations and the silent buttes, among the small towns dying and the people with them, you can hear the wind. And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordion—tangos—mingling with the lonely thump of a single drum in the nighttime and a far-off warrior’s cry. On the back of the wind is the smell of worn saddle leather and sawdust, of sandalwood, and smoke from ancient ceremonial fires. To this, to a town called Salamander, comes Carlisle McMillan, a traveler and master carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress. Near Wolf Butte, a strange and apparently haunted monolith, he finds his quiet, or so he believes, and begins rebuilding a decrepit house as a tribute to the gruff old man who taught him a carpenter’s skills, rebuilding his life at the same time. He finds two very different, independent women: Gally Deveraux, who works at a diner in Salamander and longs for something more than she is, and Susanna Benteen, beautiful and enigmatic, who was drawn to Salamander for mysterious reasons of her own, a woman the town has labeled a witch. The women and his carpenter’s trade and an old Indian known as Flute Player bring Carlisle a sense of contentment for a while. But his quiet is shattered as bulldozer treads begin to turn and the Yerkes County War commences. Run or stand your ground, that is Carlisle’s dilemma, Gally on one side, Susanna on the other. Robert James Waller’s fully imagined characters become people we know and care for deeply. High Plains Tango is the hauntingly lyrical story of a small town in the middle of nowhere, a town that forever changed—and was forever changed by—one man.

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With over 10 million copies sold, bestselling author Robert James Waller returns with the haunting, evocative story of a small town, a beautiful and mysterious woman, and the man forever changed by both. The wild places are where no one is looking anymore. Out there on the high plains, among the Sioux reservations and the silent buttes, among the small towns dying and the people with them, you can hear the wind. And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordion—tangos—mingling with the lonely thump of a single drum in the nighttime and a far-off warrior’s cry. On the back of the wind is the smell of worn saddle leather and sawdust, of sandalwood, and smoke from ancient ceremonial fires. To this, to a town called Salamander, comes Carlisle McMillan, a traveler and master carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress. Near Wolf Butte, a strange and apparently haunted monolith, he finds his quiet, or so he believes, and begins rebuilding a decrepit house as a tribute to the gruff old man who taught him a carpenter’s skills, rebuilding his life at the same time. He finds two very different, independent women: Gally Deveraux, who works at a diner in Salamander and longs for something more than she is, and Susanna Benteen, beautiful and enigmatic, who was drawn to Salamander for mysterious reasons of her own, a woman the town has labeled a witch. The women and his carpenter’s trade and an old Indian known as Flute Player bring Carlisle a sense of contentment for a while. But his quiet is shattered as bulldozer treads begin to turn and the Yerkes County War commences. Run or stand your ground, that is Carlisle’s dilemma, Gally on one side, Susanna on the other. Robert James Waller’s fully imagined characters become people we know and care for deeply. High Plains Tango is the hauntingly lyrical story of a small town in the middle of nowhere, a town that forever changed—and was forever changed by—one man.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A solid story with interesting characters . . . Waller gives the narrator the most wonderful wit. Omaha World-Herald
Blends Waller’s trademark romanticism with earthy humor and a powerful environmental message. Dayton Daily News
The Bridges of Madison County fans will relish this latest follow-up. Chicago Tribune
“A solid story with interesting characters…Waller gives the narrator the most wonderful wit.“ Omaha World-Herald
“Blends Waller’s trademark romanticism with earthy humor and a powerful environmental message.” Dayton Daily News

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Author

Author Bio: Robert James Waller

Author Bio: Robert James Waller

Robert James Waller (1939–2017) was an American writer and author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Bridges of Madison County and Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend. The Bridges of Madison County was the basis for a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Street and nominated for an Academy Award. His other works include the New York Times bestsellers A Thousand Country Roads, Old Songs in a New Café: Selected Essays; Border Music; and Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, as well as a book of photographs, Images.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English