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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Page 3

INTRODUCTION Page 4
NARRATORS, MONITORS & REVIEWERS Page 6

MONTANA CASSETTE BOOKS Page 8

AUTHOR INDEX Page 67

ORDER FORMS Page 85



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS



Two people in particular deserve special praise for their dedication to the
Montana Cassette Recording Program. With the assistance of these two
volunteers, we have been able to keep pace with the requests of patrons for
special materials, as well as with the enthusiastic work of our narrators and
monitors. Their love for Montana books and their strong desire to make the
material available to people who cannot read a print copy of the book are
reflected in the hours of work they put into the program.

Eileen Finlev has been with the recording program since 1981 and is
responsible for many of the Montana books which have been produced in our
studio. She has worked with many narrators over the years, often spending 2-3
days a week monitoring books and training new volunteers.

Recent challenges to her health have made it difficult for Eileen to
continue such an active schedule. We will always have a fond place in our
hearts for this marvelous woman whose lovable, "no-nonsense" style has kept
the recording sessions on track and moving. As a permanent reminder of the
years she has given to the program, one of our soundbooth rooms has been
named the "Eileen Finley Room."

Phyllis Herbert , who has been with the Library for the Blind for 2 1/2
years, is the Assistant Manager of the recording program. In addition to
monitoring for several narrators, she also handles most of the production of the
Montana cassettes, including duplication, labeling, entering the information on
the computer, and getting the books on the shelf so that they are ready for our
patrons to read. In 1992 Phyllis gave over 550 hours of volunteer time to the
Library for the Blind. Thank you, Phyllis, for your collaboration and your
consistently professional and thorough care with the program. It is a delight
having you on our staff.



THE MONTANA CASSETTE BOOKS CATALOG
1993 EDITION

INTRODUCTION



Welcome to our wonderful collection of Montana books on tape! We
believe that the titles we've chosen to record will be of special interest to our
readers. Most titles are either about Montana or written by Montana authors.
The Montana State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
administers the program and records books in two locations: the State Library
in Helena and the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

Thanks to kind and generous donations from library patrons, interested
parties, and service organizations, the library is able to provide volunteers and
inmate employees with the necessary sound recording equipment and supplies
to do professional and quality recordings. We are very proud of the wonderful
work done by our dedicated narrators, monitors, and reviewers. (An
alphabetical listing of these people follows this introduction.)

This bibliography contains books which have been recorded onto
cassettes and added to the library collection. Books are listed in alphabetical
order and include the author, the number of cassettes in each book, the
copyright date, the name of the narrator, and a brief description of the book.
All books listed may be borrowed by qualified patrons who are registered with
the Montana State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Requests may be placed by calling the library or by sending in the order form
included in the back of the catalog. Newly recorded materials will be listed in
future newsletters.



We would like to remind you that your requests for particular Montana
books to be recorded have always been given priority. If you would like to
inquire about a particular title, just give your Reader Advisor a phone call. We
will make every effort to accommodate your request; in fact, we welcome your
suggestions.

The Montana State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
also records Montana: The Magazine Of Western History. This magazine is
available quarterly on cassette. It may be ordered by contacting the library.



NARRATORS, MONITORS, & REVIEWERS

IN THE MONTANA CASSETTE BOOK RECORDING

PROGRAM



These are the "Stars", the wonderful people, past and present, who have
contributed to our library of Montana cassette books. Some of these people
recorded only one book, others have given their signature to quite a number
of recordings. Because of their efforts we now have over 240 Montana titles
available. To all of them we say a sincere "thanks." We know how much love
went into their work.

A 2-cassette book can average 12-16 hours (or more) of recording time.
Another 3-4 hours are spent reviewing the tape for errors and duplicating and
producing 12 finished copies ready for circulation among you, our patrons. In
1992, volunteers in Helena and inmates at the Montana State Prison spent over
5000 hours recording Montana books.



NARRATORS



Frank Adams
Francis Ahquin
Michael Albrect
Kathy Anderson
Tom Aul
Doris Barker
Robert Bayuk
Dawn Berger
Joan Bishop
Lea Blunn
Monte Boston



Paul Boswell
Dorothy Bridges
Pete Chavez, Jr.
Lee Clark
Ron Duda

Deb Goodin-Wellever
Frank Graham
Karl Gratzer
Mamie Hagman
Shirley Hautzinger
Bonnie Heidel



John Hewitt
Leslie Howard
Sheila Hunter
Jimmie Jenkins
Jean Johnston
Will Johnston
Dorothy Kendall
Darrell Kruzen
Rodney Kvamme
Peter Langen
Kris Larson



Narrators, continued



Mike Logan
Ruth Ann Massey
JoAnn Mayala
Gerry McCarthy
Richard T. Miller, Jr.
Michael Misener
Colleen Mockler
Paul Montgomery
Curt Paulson
David Pease
Linda Peavy



Elizabeth Pofahl
Vic Richer
Ruth Richey
Bob Ross
Richard Russell
Cyd Slattery
Richard Smith
Sherrie Smith



Therese Smith
Gary Thumm
David Torgerson
Bob Vanisko
Ray Venzke
John Wirtala
Susie Wolcott



MONITORS

Sig Barnes
Lea Blunn
Eileen Finley
Phyllis Herbert
Steve Keefe
Casey Roberts
Bill Rose
Ron Schlim
Steve Sklivas
Steve Smith
Jane Weidler



REVIEWERS

Mary Alice Cook
Eileen Finley
Tim Hall
Scott Sorlokken
Phyllis Herbert
Phil Sadowski




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MONTANA CASSETTE BOOKS



ADVENTURE TRAILS IN MONTANA MCB 28

By John Willard 2 cassettes

Sportsman, outdoorsman and nature observer, John Willard, discusses the
historical events and natural wonders which have given birth to the
names of various Montana sites: rivers, lakes, gulches, cities, roads,
mountains and other such entities are discussed.
Narrated by: Francis Ahquin c.1964

ALLISON^S GRANDFATHER (Juvenile fiction) MCB 90

By Linda Peavy 1 cassette

A little girl learns about death when her friend's grandfather dies.
Narrated by: Linda Peavy c.1981

ALL BUT THE WALTZ MCB 222

Essays On A Montana Family 2 cassettes

By Mary Clearman Blew

Beginning with her great-grandparents' arrival in 1882 in Montana, Blew
relates the stories that make up her family life. Her keen observations on
growing up, making do, leaving, and enduring are woven into these
stories about various family members who have touched her life.
Narrated by: Jo Ann Mayala c.1991

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ALWAYS MURDER A FRIEND MCB 170

By Margaret Scherf 2 cassettes

The Reverend Martin Buell is confronted not only with the various
personalities in his new congregation, but with finding a corpse. In this
humorous mystery, Rev. Buell proves himself a delightful and skilled
detective. A Doubleday Crime Club Selection.
Narrated by: Deb Goodin c.1948

AMERICAN PLACES MCB 182

By Wallace Stegner & Page Stegner 2 cassettes

The father and son authors write about places each one has visited and
knows intimately. They explore how American people and American land
have interacted and shaped one another for over four hundred years.
Part essay, part travelog, their writings deal with the theme of land as
resource vs land as commodity, and urge the reader to adopt a
responsible land ethic.
Narrated by: Joan Bishop c.1983

ANNA MCB 6

Norse Roots In Homestead Soil 1 cassette

By Anna Guttormsen Hought

The author's first-hand account of her 1916 journey from Norway to the

prairies of Montana where she became a homesteader and later a wife

and mother.

Narrated by: Dawn Berger c.1986

ARVADA JONES AND THE ORPHANS OF THE TRAIL MCB 73

By Les Wayne 1 cassette

After hunting down and shooting the murderers of his Indian wife and
young son, Arvada Jones wanders aimlessly. He finds new direction for
his life when he adopts a young boy whose family has also been killed,
and a crazy old Indian woman. Arvada is challenged when the members
of a wagon train he is to lead objects to his little band.
Narrated by: Richard Smith c.1982



AS SHADOWS ON THE HILLS MCB 57

By Dorothy W. Larson 1 cassette

Separate stories of four Montana women whose loves and conflicts
parallel each other's from 1886 until they are brought together for a
moment in time on July 4, 1909: Molly Wainright, wife-in-name-only;
Ruby Judson, the madam; Kate Cavanaugh, spinster homesteader; and
Long Iron, Crow Chiefs wife.
Narrated by: Colleen Mockler c,1978

BADLANDS JUSTICE MCB 103

By Dan Cushman 2 cassettes

Cushman presents adventure and excitement in this Montana western.
Narrated by: Vic Richer c.1951

THE BANKER'S BONES MCB 196

By Margaret Scherf 2 cassettes

In her usual light and humorous style, Scherf intrigues the reader with
another mystery.
Narrated by Joan Bishop c.1968

THE BATTLE FOR BUTTE MCB 134

Mining And Politics On The Frontier 3 cassettes

By Michael P. Malone

Malone examines the political economy of Butte, from the gold boom of
the 1870s through the absorption of the copper independents by the
Standard Oil-financed Amalgamated Copper Company, in the first
decade of the 20th century.
Narrated by: David Pease c.1981




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BEEF. LEATHER AND GRASS MCB 124

By Edmund Randolph 2 cassettes

A first-hand account of cattle ranching in Montana from the mid- 1930s
to the mid-1950s on the Crow Indian Reservation. The book tells about
the financial and physical operations of a large ranch and a form of
American life that may be vanishing.
Narrated by: John Hewitt c.1981

BEFORE BARBED WIRE MCB 29

By Mark H. Brown & W.R. Felton 2 cassettes

With the eye of an artist and the perspective of a historian, L.A.
Huffman, frontier photographer of Miles City, MT, caught and preserved
the spirit of life on the unfenced Montana ranges in the days before
barbed wire.
Narrated by: Lee Clark c.1956

BEHIND EVERY MAN MCB 228

By Joan Stauffer 2 cassettes

A novel based on the life of Nancy Cooper, wife of Montana artist
Charles M. Russell. Nancy grew up with a fierce determination to leave
behind her childhood poverty and never again be powerless or hungry.
She is portrayed here with a sympathetic view, despite the fact that she
rode roughshod over Charlie and everyone else in order to successfully
market his talent.
Narrated by: Cyd Slattery c.1990

BIG BEAR MCB 233

The End of Freedom 2 cassettes

By Hugh Dempsey

This is the biography of Big Bear, a famous chief of the Cree people in
Western Canada. It is also the tragic story of the Cree people who were
reduced to poverty-stricken outcasts on their own land when the white
settlers moved in.
Narrated by: Vic Richer c.1984



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THE BIG IT




MCB 217

1 cassette



By A.B. Guthrie, Jr

Guthrie has achieved real depth in being able to convey the complexity

of human nature in these thirteen short stories. Some of the stories are

filled with humor, some with pathos. Several take place in fictional

"Moon Dance", Montana.

Narrated by: Richard Miller c.1960



BIG SKY. FAIR LAND MCB 32

Environmental Essays of A.B. Guthrie Jr. 2 cassettes

David Petersen, Editor

A two-part book which traces the evolution and expression of recurrent
themes in the life and literature of A.B. Guthrie, Jr., and presents a
collection of twenty-two of his environmental essay and speech texts.
Narrated by: David Pease c.1988

THE BIG SKY MCB 8

By A.B. Guthrie, Jr. 3 cassettes

The first of Guthrie's epic adventure novels celebrating the glory of the
bigness, the wildness, the freedom, and the undying dream of the West.
Boon Caudill, the hero, is a mountain man who becomes a powerful
White Savage, an untamed life-force that only one woman, the beautiful
daughter of a Blackfeet chief, would dare to love.
Narrated by: Vic Richer c.1947



BLACK CHERRIES



MCB 235

2 cassettes



By Grace Stone Coates

A young girl reflects back on relationships in her family. She begins to

understand how her father's harsh German background caused him to

treat her and her siblings and mother as he did.

Narrated by: JoAnn Mayala c.1931



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THE BLOODY BOZEMAN MCB 59

Perilous Trail To Montana's Gold 3 cassettes

By Dorothy Johnson

The Bozeman Trail, charted in 1863, was the main road that passed
through the prime hunting grounds of the Sioux Indians to reach the rich
gold mines of Montana. Johnson's narrative tracks the perils and
adventures of numerous characters who travelled the Bozeman Trail,
some finding fortune in gold, some a better way of life in farming, and
some meeting death at the hands of Indians, poverty and starvation.
Narrated by: David Pease c.1983

BOOK OF UNCOMMON SENSE MCB 167

By Kim Williams 2 cassettes

Montana's Kim Williams was a favorite feature on National Public Radio.
Here is a collection of Kim's humorous essays, inspiring verses, and
insightful commentaries. Williams tackles everything from marriage to
aging in her unique and upbeat style.
Narrated by: Sherrie Smith c.1986

BORDERLORDS MCB 202

By Terry C. Johnston 4 cassettes

Borderlords . the second historical novel in the Mountainman Series,
continues where Carry The Wind leaves off. For a time, Scratch and
Paddock find rest in a Crow village until a dispute over a Crow woman
drives them apart. They meet again at the historical 1833 Green River
Rendezvous and reaffirm their bond of friendship.
Narrated by: Karl Gratzer c. 1985




BORN TO BE MCB 141

By Taylor Gordon 2 cassettes

The life story of a black man, Taylor Gordon (1893-1971), who was bom
and raised in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Gordon, who became a
world traveler, entertainer, singer of spirituals and writer, tells how he
dealt with racism without losing his sense of dignity as a person. The
retelling of his many adventures are blunt yet not risque.
Narrated by: Gary Thumm c.1929

THE BREAKING OF EZRA RILEY MCB 114

By John Moore 1 cassette

This is a story of fathers, sons, and the land that spans fifty years and
three generations. Faced with a respected but aloof father, ridiculing
uncles, and the harsh cowboy environment of eastern Montana, eighteen-
year-old Ezra flees from the family ranch. Seven years later, something
pulls him back with his wife and young son to face the fears and
challenges he tried to escape.
Narrated by: David Pease c.1990

A BRIDE GOES WEST MCB 89

By Nannie T. Alderson 1 cassette

In her autobiography, Nannie Alderson recounts her life from her youth
as a southern belle to her married life as ranch wife and cattlewoman on
a Montana Ranch near Miles City. A pioneer woman of true grit and
tenderness, she was widowed at a young age. As a single parent, she had
to make do with hard work and a brave spirit to overcome many difficult
challenges in raising her four children.
Narrated by: Vic Richer c.1942




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BRONC TO BREAKFAST MCB 104

By Mike Logan 1 cassette

A lot of the ideas for his poems come from just "sittin' around, shootin'
the breeze after a day of branding or riding on a cattle drive," according
to cowboy poet Logan. Topics for these 23 poems range from a touching
reflection on the death of one of his students to a humorous take off on
one of Charlie Russell's paintings. Many poems speak of bygone days in
the West.
Narrated by: Mike Logan c.1988

BUCKAROOS AND BOXCARS MCB 146

Selected Yarns From The Yellowstone 1 cassette
By Byron Grosfield

Short, humorous stories of life in the West by Byron Grosfield, a

Montana native. These colorful western yarns are delightful and
entertaining. From hopping freight trains to saloon tales, Grosfield has
a storyteller's eye.

Narrated by: Lea Blunn c.1981

BUILDING THE HERD MCB 190

By Wendy K. WooUette 1 cassette

The author's interest in stories about i^aral Americans motivated her to
interview Montana cattle rancher Bryan Hilger. This is Hilger's oral
history, written down by WooUette. It is the history of his family and the
origins of the Hilger cattle ranch just north of Helena.
Narrated by: Michael Misener c,1989

BUSTER MIDNIGHTS CAFE MCB 225

By Sandra Dallas 2 cassettes

Dallas spins a moving tale of a circle of friends with a shared past. May
Anna Kovaks, the movie star, Buster McKnight, the boxer she loves,
their mutual friends Whippy Bird and Effa Commander, are endearing
characters in this contemporary novel that reaches back to Butte,
Montana and a dazzling Hollywood of the 1940s and '50s.
Narrated by: Colleen Mockler c.1990

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MCB 206

2 cassettes



CABIN FEVER

Centennial Collection Of Stories

By The Seeley Lake Writers' Club

Seeley Lake area residents offered their stories and photos to a local

writer's club to compile this Centennial Collection, It is a look at the

past 100 years of life in the Clearwater, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys of

Western Montana, and contains stories of trappers, homesteaders and

lumberjacks.

Narrated by: Cyd Slattery c.1990



CALAMITY JANE AND THE LADY WILDCATS MCB 68

By Duncan Aikman 2 cassettes

Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, Lola Montez, Pearl Hart and other prostitutes
of the old and wild west are featured in this book. These free spirits, as
portrayed by the author, are prisoners of their own uncontrolled urges,
often living painful and rather shabby existences.
Narrated by: John Wirtala c.1927



CARELESS AND LOVING IT!



MCB 168

1 cassette



Clues For Living

By Rodney Kvamme

Inspirational work by Lutheran pastor Rodney Kvamme, who celebrates

the joys of spiritual growth in the Christian life. With humor and

honesty, he reflects on his personal experiences and how he gained a

more open, responsive, and joyous attitude toward life. Pastor Kvamme

lives in Seeley Lake, Montana.

Narrated by: Rodney Kvamme c.1984



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THE CAUTIOUS OVERSHOES MCB 17

By Margaret Scherf 1 cassette

A mystery that takes place in Montana. The Rev. Martin Buell conducts
a murder investigation at the request of Diana Castlemain, whose brother
is missing. He sets out to see if there is any connection between the
badly charred body of a young man discovered in a freight car and the
missing brother.
Narrated by: JoAnn Mayala c.1956

COPPER MCB 204

By Al Dempsey 3 cassettes

A novel depicting life in Montana Territory (Butte) in the late 1800s. At
the center of this story about the conflict between copper workers
struggling to secure decent wages and safer working conditions and the
interests of big business, is the Eagen family; Kevin, a miner involved in
the movement, his brother Sean who represents the mining business, and
their saintly sister Molly.
Narrated by: Robert Vanisko c.1989



CUSTER'S LUCK



MCB 101

4 cassettes



By Edgar Stewart

The Battle of the Little Big Horn, one of the most tragic and

controversial campaigns in the folklore of the United States, is

reconstructed here largely on Indian eyewitness testimony. Custer is

presented as a reckless glory-seeker who was no match for the Sioux and

Cheyenne.

Narrated by: John Wirtala c.1955



Good Montana Reading



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DAUGHTERS OF COPPER WOMAN MCB 158

By Anne Cameron 1 cassette

Stories of the Native American peoples of Vancouver Island. These
ancient tales offer a shining vision of womanhood, and show how the
spiritual and social power of women can endure and survive. The stories
have been kept alive by the elder native women and passed down in an
ancient, secret society of women.
Narrated by: Gary Thumm c.1981

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT MCB 151

By Spike Van Cleve 2 cassettes

In this collection of short stories, Van Cleve (1912-1982) writes with
admiration about the people, land and animals of his beloved ranch out
of Big Timber, Montana. These are tough, earthy and honest tales that
delight, amuse and make you cry. Van Cleve's was a Montana-flavored
life lived fully and recorded from the perspective of one who valued
friendship and decency.
Narrated by: Sherrie Smith c.1982

DEEP ENOUGH MCB 140

By Frank A. Crampton 2 cassettes

An autobiography of adventures in mining camps from California to
Arizona in the early 1900s. Crampton tells tales such as being trapped
for 10 days in a collapsed mine shaft and being in San Francisco at the
time of the great earthquake. Good reading for history buffs and those
who enjoy mining stories.
Narrated by: Lea Blunn c.1956

DEVIL MAN WITH A GUN MCB 26

By Art Watson 2 cassettes

Art Watson recounts his experiences growing up on a cattle ranch in
Diamond City, near the Big Belt Mountains in Montana. Life on the
ranch with seven brothers and sisters produced many memories and
anecdotes which Watson fondly and vividly recalls.
Narrated by: Darrell Kruzen c.1967

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DIGGING DINOSAURS MCB 121

By Jack Homer 2 cassettes

An insight into dinosaur life eighty million years ago. Paleontologist
Homer discovered the remains of the nest, eggs, babies and juveniles of
the hadrosaur family in Montana in 1978. He has put together an
account of how they travelled in herds and cared for their young in much
the same way as birds do.
Narrated by: Vic Richer c.1988

THE DIPLOMAT AND THE GOLD PIANO MCB 48

By Margaret Scherf 1 cassette

A thrilling case involving international intrigue and a Manhattan murder.
UN Ambassador, Pierre Marie Cloche, returns home from a meeting to
find a gold piano and a desk with the portraits of two bearded men.
How they got there and their link with the murder are mysteries he sets
out to solve.
Narrated by: Jo Ann Mayala c.1963

DOWNRIVER: A YELLOWSTONE JOURNEY MCB 111

By Dean Krakel 2 cassettes

History, natural history, topography and descriptions of the people who
live and work along the Yellowstone tpday and who use and sometimes
abuse it, are contained in Krakel's story of the Yellowstone River. It
took the author 10 years and many trips to complete the 700-mile
journey from the river's beginning in the Absaroka Mountains to its
confluence with the Missouri near the Montana-South Dakota border.
Narrated by: Richard Smith c.1987

DR. NORTON'S WIFE MCB 87

By Mildred Walker 2 cassettes

The moving story of a young medical doctor and the devotion he has to
his wife who is suffering from crippling arthritis. Written by Montana
author Mildred Walker who was married to a medical doctor.
Narrated by: Colleen Mockler c.1938



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EAGLE FEATHER FOR A CROW (Juvenile fiction) MCB 24

By Alice Durland Ryniker 1 cassette

The story of Charley Little Otter, a Crow Indian boy growing up in the
Pryor mountains of Montana at the turn of the century. A ride on a
spirited Indian pony takes him on a mystical adventure.
Narrated by: Dorothy Bridges c.1980

AN ELEPHANT IN EVERY YARD MCB 130

By Jo Rainbolt 2 cassettes

In praise of age! Thirty short, interesting portraits of persons aged 80 to

well over 100, which were compiled by Jo Rainbolt of the "Missoulian."

These interviews show the strength, wisdom, diversity and insight of older

people. A book for younger readers to learn from and for all ages to

enjoy.

Narrated by: Dawn Berger c.1980

THE ELK AND THE EVIDENCE MCB 208

By Margaret Scherf 1 cassette

In this easy-paced and funny detective story. Father Martin Buell is
drawn into the case with the discovery of a toe in the deep freeze.
Narrated by: Joan Bishop c.1952

EMBER (Juvenile fiction) MCB 46

And His Friends On The Mountain

By John Willard 1 cassette

The adventures of a kitten who lives on a Montana mountain with his
ovmers, Jim and Hazel, and other animals indigenous to the Rocky
Mountain area.
Narrated by: Lea Blunn c.1985


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