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Brokeback Mountain

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Annie Proulx

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: December 2005

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes



Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many, Brokeback Mountain is her masterpiece.

Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheep herder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Both men work hard, marry, have kids because that's what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.

Brokeback Mountain was originally published in the New Yorker -- it won the National Magazine Award and was included in the O. Henry Stories 1998. In gorgeous and haunting prose Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world's violent intolerance.


  • Mark in VA

    For sucha short story the raw emotion is unreal. Good read

  • Tim M

    Sure, it's thin and not well developed and we have a movie with top quality stars to compare to. Still, I was moved to tears on multiple occasions in a read that was finished almost before I got started. I would recommend. You could spend an hour or so on much worse...

  • Michelle Keller

    Good listen. Rather descriptive. Definetly not for the faint of heart.

  • Oma

    I usually like the book better than the movie, but in this case, the movie was definitely more enjoyable. The book was rather raw and felt incomplete.

  • MJJ

    I have not seen the movie, so had no preconceptions about the story. It is basically an engagingly written and creatively set tragic love story, with emphasis on the love story. So much so that for me the ick factor faded into the distance. But I have heard that the author was upset over the movie interpretation and people who saw the movie felt the book did not meet their expectations. You could see exactly where the story would have been Hollywoodized to emphasize the violence and gay bashing. It didn't seem to me that the story was about that. So if you've seen the movie, be prepared, the story is different (and short, it's a short story), but I think well worth a listen. Proulx is brilliant.

  • Christy Anderson

    The story pretty much went along with the movie. I am not sure if I would have grasped the "whole" story had I not watched the movie. The audio version leaves a little to be desired as far as understanding what goes on.

  • Anonymous

    Very dissapointing. I'm not quite sure what all they hype is about.

  • Anonymous

    This short story is part of a compilation written by Annie Proulx, named Close Range. The written Original story showed Ennis DelMar in a poorer light than he isportrayed in the film. The film allows us to view the two main characters DelMar and Quick on somewhat equal footing as the movie opens. To reference the book in order to make my point, the first page portrays DelMar in an opening passage (in part) "He (DelMar) gets up, scratching the grey wedge of belly and pubic hair, shuffles to the gas burner, pours leftover coffee in a chipped enamel pan; the flame swathes it in blue. He (DelMar) turns on the tap and urinates in the sink, pulls on his shirt and jeans..." In a very contrary note to my usual review, I must admit that I did truly enjoy the movie over the book. The book did indeed go into more depth and range of their relationship- the way their bonds were formed over the passing years, and many subsequent visits returning to Brokeback Mountain.

  • Courtney

    I did not understand enough about the main characters of the story. For example, the reasons they got married. Was it for convenience or did they care about the women they married? Did Ennis del Mar discover that he is really a homosexual or did he just happen to fall in love with Jack Twist? I am a person that likes to try to understand why people do the things that they do, but this book leaves me confused.

  • Gabi

    I couldn't keep focused, it bored me. The characters lacked depth, for a while I couldn't figure out who is who. I was glad it was short and over soon. There also was no real ending to this story, it was almost like a bad short story.

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