A coming of age short story
4.5 out of 5 stars
The River is a story about a young man out deer hunting trying to get his trophy buck and prove himself. There aren’t many pages (or minutes) here, but it will make you feel something.
I love these stories by Bill Stokes. I know these are from ages ago (this one being published originally in 1961) but they still have such great feeling and “oomph” to them. This is the second short story I read by Stokes and it won’t be my last.
Johnny Mack narrates The River and does a great job. I felt like he was the character in the book. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that he was the perfect narrator for this.
Overall, The River is a great sub-20 minute short story that had me smiling throughout told by a master storytelling (in both the writing and the narration).
The River by Bill Stokes
Narrator: Johnny Mack
Length: 19 mins
Published by Stokes Creative LLC on February 24, 2017
Genres: Short Story
The predatory genes we cannot deny are never more exercised than in deer hunting. In each individual, they travel an age-related arc that begins in youthful passion and settles finally into old-age relaxation. The blood lust with all of its attendant furies and dictates can be an awesome thing when it consumes the deer hunter in the velvet of his life.
Crossing the wild water was crazy, I knew, but I had a desperate need to bag the buck.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.