As a woman born and bred in Southwest Virginia, whose father was a coal miner, I really wanted to like this book. The overall message of the story and the intention of Baldacci to memorialize his family history is admirable. He represents the conflict between the natural resource companies and the people who they exploit and are left to deal with the spoils of mineral extraction accurately and passionately. So that's good. One issue with this reading is the pronunciation of "Appalachian" as "App - a - LAY - chan". This pronunciation is incorrect and an affront to those of us who have ancestors that settled the area and have lived there for years. We have said "Appalachia" and others have no right to change it. Think about how disrespectful it would be to suddenly start pronouncing Cherokee as "SHer - o - kee" or Schenectady, NY as "Sche - NEEK - tady". Saying AppaLAYchan does not illustrate one's education, only that one is, at best, ignorant, or,
at worst, does not care. Other blatant issues include a crow circling on warm air currents and a friendly Panther who had black skin. I just wish Mr. Baldacci had gotten feedback from someone who was born and raised in the deep mountains of SW Va. to more accurately portray the culture and natural history. ~ A Coal Miners Daughter.
Maybe in a few years
This book was not the normal Baldacci. I don't dislike his normal books but I really liked this one a lot. It really put you in a different place and time. I am not good at writing reviews, most of the time I don't, so the fact that I am writing anything at all should show how much I enjoyed it.
I love Baldacci but this was truly a wonderful stories that was very different but truly great writing. I know more about the mountains of Virgina
Of course Amanda's recovery which we all wished for.
Don't remember hearing Baldacci's voice except at the end but Lou was the most important but can't forget Diamond
It is definitely worth reading (listening)!!!
Absolutely loved it. one of the best stories ever. A must read, or audible. si different than other Baldacci books but in a real and heartwarming, touching wat, back to the roots way. Awesome.
This was the first book I read of the auther over a decade ago and had been reading most of his work but nothing comes close to reality and heart to this book , so listing to the audio after all this years was as If I just got a new story and the feeling is ever so great that comes of good side of humanity.
For anyone who has looked back into their own family history, this is a great book. For anyone interested in life on a mountain in Southern Virginia, this is a great book. It is simply a great story that I thoroughy enjoyed.
Baldacci's versatile talent as a writer continues to amaze me! This is completely different from his other works, but no less entertaining. I especially loved the thoughtful clip after the book in his own voice!
The only thing I didn't care for was the narrator and her lack of voices. But, then again, I've been spoiled lately by the immense talents of
Ron McLarty, and Orlagh Cassidy.
Great book. A book that teaches us about love, hard work, making do, honesty, values. Let's value the good written word.
This was an absolutely wonderful novel. It's a novel that I read out loud to my two girls when they were young. That said, let me say that I really like David Baldaccis novels when he writes outside of his genre .I like his other novels too! Wish You Well was special though.The premise of the book was unique in that it takes place through a young girls experiences with loss,adapting,love , friendship and.... the mystery of life around her.There are no patent plots here, suprises abound with twists and turns. Know that it was an emotionally challenging book for all of us. My husband was also hanging around a lot to listen in and the deeper in the book we got the longer he hung out! This book is in our top ten of all time( there are more than ten now ,but we are in the thousands). When my youngest was asked by Reading Rainbow (she was 5 ish)...."what's your favorite book young lady?" ...she responded "Wish You Well, by David Baldacci.' That stopped everyone. When asked about the book she told them about the plot ...now they became speechless. This isn't written for children. Believe me it's an adult novel. And absolutely lovely.
Althou h h the themes are vastly different, it brought to mind To Kill a Mockingbird in style and enjoyabiliity. I wish Mr. Baldacci would write more of this style, although I enjoy his other works as well.