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Trout Friends and other Riff-Raff: Stories about the Passion and Madness of Fishing Paperback – January 18, 2017
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I am not a fisherman and was only fishing once in my life, and that when I was about ten years old. (I didn't catch anything.) Bill has a wonderful way of telling a story, making a scene, an event, an incident come alive in such a way that the reader can vividly picture what is going on. Moreover, his word pictures, turns of phrases, sense of irony, understatements (and overstatements) all contribute immensely to making what he writes thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing.
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"Trout Friends and other Riff-Raff: Stories About the Passion and Madness of Fishing" presents vignettes of his trout-fishing experiences at various stages of his life through his later adult years. It is clear that the love of fishing that was instilled in him when he wasn't yet in grade school has stayed with him his entire life and, along with writing, is one of his great passions. And over the years it is obvious that he has met and come to appreciate other equally passionate trout fishers of all sorts and has thoroughly enjoyed the bond they have shared through their common interest.
This book was originally published in 2000 and re-released this year (2017). Its first chapter ("Trout Flounderers") has been written for this new edition. It is clear that at 85 years of age Bill Stokes is still as passionate as he ever was about trout fishing.
I was offered a copy of this audio book in audio format from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is an collection of stories about fishing. Stokes starts the book complaining about age and how it has affected one of his favorite hobbies, to continue telling how he discovered it and all the people that were important in his life regarding fishing trips. The book is full of funny and endearing anecdotes which will delight everyone, and not just those into fishing. The book is not as much about fishing as about the experience around fishing: the trips, the friends, the problems, and especially about the inexorable passage of time.
David Stifel really becomes Bill Stokes in this book, and his voice and modulation makes the audiobook a unique experience. It is like listening to your old grandpa telling you never ending stories about the important things in life. It really enhances the book.
This one is no different. It's a collection of stories, well memories would best describe them, about a past time that he is passionate about. Memories of years and people gone by but all with the same passion for this hobby. I'm not much of a fan of fishing, nor do I know much about it, but these little tales were entertaining and I enjoyed listening to them. They didn't grab me as much as some of this author's previous work but it was still worth a listen.
David Stifel was amazing reading this. He seemed to enjoy the book and it showed through his narration. His tones and cadences were awesome and he really brought the anecdotes to life.
David Stifel's narration was equally brilliant. He was present in the moment and read these stories in a way that made me feel as if I were a part of them. Just wonderful!
I was provided this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
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