Eventide shines even more brightly than Plainsong, Kent Haruf's previous book about many of the same characters in fictional Holt, Colorado. Haruf makes you laugh, makes you cry (sometimes both at the same time), and you always shake your head in bemusement at the human foibles his carefully actualized characters demonstrate so perfectly. The reading of this book by George Hearn is just perfect; you will think he IS Kent Haruf, or maybe Raymond McPheron. Hearn supplies the right tone, inflection and characterization to put the reader IN Holt in a way that most readers can't do for themselves.
It really wasn't that bad but some of the dialogue in this book was agonizing to listen to but seemed to be an accurate portrayal how small town plains people talk. This story peeks into the lives of the simple people of a small town on the plains of Colorado. It was slow moving and seemed a little soap operish at times but tended to keep my interest because....well, there is not much to do in a small town.
I read this novel almost straight through without stopping. I am now attempting to get a copy of "Plainsong", to see what may have come before. It was hard to leave these folks, at the various stages in their lives. There is ample material for a sequel(s).
I enjoyed the background descriptions of the settings and of life on the plaines. The narrator, George Hearn, was a great match for this story .
Perhaps there is something about this novel that I haven't discovered. I wish I knew what is was. This is a simple story about some of the less fortunate folks living in a small Colorado town. While their trials and tribulations hold your interest initially, nothing ever happens. There is little plot and no climax. When it ends you're not sure why. Skip this one unless your in to soapoperas.
I was disappointed in this follow-up novel to his first novel, Plainsong, which I thought was original and riveting with great descriptions and wonderful character development. This novel didn't have nearly the character development, felt like A description of clothing, scars, weather, cattle, and a very superficial connections. The reader, was very flat. I was certainly spoiled by the reader for the first book, who used inflections for each person's voice, and I could identify so much more more with the character. This reader used the same voice for every character, which created very little depth or connection.
First, Geroge Hearns has a rich voice that is mesmerizing, I could listen to those pipes all day.
A perfect match for this wonderful story; characters you want to know and a tale that ends all too soon.
I so want to hear more from this author and this narrator.
I loved it! What a nice story in a time when we need something besides violence and terror in our lives. The characters are so likeable. Looking forward to the next installment. Meanwhile, I'll get Plain Song. Not having heard Plain Song was not a problem, though.
Too much sexual description that is unecessary for the story.
Not Jane Austen
He was versatile
Eventide is fine.
Cut the sex. Can't listen to it on speakers with small children.