I wouldn't say better because I have read and enjoyed the book for years. I will say that the audio edition does the book justice and compliments the print version wonderfully.
Just finished listening to Lynn Austin's ' Wonderland Creek' and it is VERY similar and not as well written.
So many! Any scene with Little Burl or Fairlight Campbell.
Fairlight- she found beauty in the world and even though her life was difficult and one of poverty she was a gentle soul and had a sensitive and artistic spirit.
I can't count how many times I have read this book and will probably read it a few more times before I die. It shows the lives of these Appalachian people realistically and how it was filled with superstition, ignorance ,pride and so so so much hardship and yet the culture is fascinating and more complex than one would guess at first glance. It has sadness and joy and I love that it was based on the life of a real person. SUGGESTION:The audio has an interview with Catherine Marshall's son at the beginning. SKIP OVER IT AND LISTEN TO IT AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK. The author's son reveals the ending of the book and how much it differs from the actual life of his grandmother. If I hadn't read the book before and knew how it ended I would have been furious because through the second half of the book Christy gets to know two very different men and you aren't sure who she will choose until the LAST PAGE.
It took some time to adapt to and could imagine the life there on the mountains. If seemed harsh and cozy at the same time.
Her voice was pretty flat. Couldn't easily tell which character was speaking. Emotions were not displayed in the dialogs
We all have confusions and questions like Christy did, so it wasnt really a blow blowing experience. Just when I was finally getting into the book and hoping for a realistic ending .....it just ends! What happened?? Is there a sequel? Are all Catherine Marshall's books like this??Didn't know anything about this title till i purchase it, so i dont know what I am supposed to do next. Can anyone advise?? I don't think i'll be reading this again of there's no real point to the book. it was a cozy read but not happy with ending.
One of the best stories I have heard in a very long time. Very well written. I did not want it to end.
The end was beautiful.
Up at the top, found it very easy to listen to.
An interesting setting and well told, easy to follow. A great insite into the hardships of people living in this area.
Easier to listen to dialect than to read it.
Gone with the wind - historical fiction
Didn't really like the son interview at the beginning. Should have been at the end.
This audiobook has a lot to offer. As literature, 'Christy' well-deserved the popularity that it won at the time of original publication -- it was a best-seller. The narration of this audio production was certainly well-done, with an actress who had spent several years portraying the story's main character on television. And this production contained a welcome surprise: an interview with the son of Author Catherine Marshall (and grandson of the "real" Christy). The interview shed light on how much of the book is actually based on real events.
'Christy' tells the story of a young woman who wants to "do something with her life". It chronicles the growing that comes as a matter of course as young idealists learn the resilience required to become effective makers of change in society.
'Christy' also makes a mature and nuanced exploration of the Christian "conversion" process. Can a perfectly good God really exist when he allows so much death, suffering, neglect and violence? How can I possibly love people who are willfully ignorant, cruel, and selfish? Where is God? And why, when we're trying to serve him, must we suffer?
'Christy' is a long book, but certainly enjoyable throughout. It has a strong, unique story, extreme characters, and far-reaching questions. I found it to be a challenging and ultimately uplifting novel that has aged very well.
I loved the adventure about it. Here was a young girl, stepping out in faith and ventruing into the rugged beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains to a backwoods, rural, and poor-seeming community to try to make a difference in their lives.. I loved the backward, but beautifully musical and poetic way the mountain people spoke. I loved having insight into the characters' struggles to be honest with themselves and to find their divine relationship to God when they were willing to listen and follow where they were led.
Can't think of one at the moment!
In a strange way, but its a completely different book,- maybe Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. While Christy is innocent, and the character in Shantaram is far from innocent,- both of them are on journeys into places unfamiliar to them, embracing the people they meet there with love, and both trying to do something meaningful with their lives.
Starlight and the shadow was pretty unforgettable.
Also loved Christy and the doctor dancing!
Christy or Alice Henderson. Love to hear more of their stories.
Loved this book as much as the first time I read it,- almost 40 years ago!
Since I remember the tv show, I really enjoy the fact that Kelly Martin narrates. That's the reason I bought this one.The only negative about Martin's performance, and the reason I gave it three stars, is that she doesn't differentiate between characters well. There's little change in her voice at all. But overall, it's still a good performance, and I think you can tell Martin enjoyed what she was reading.
Christy would be a great addition to any teacher, education student, or professor's summer reading list. It will iinspire you.
Enjoyed the book and the narrator. However, I was disappointed in the ending. I thought
the ending stopped abruptly. Left you kind of hanging and to your own imagination.
I have loved this book for years and have read it several times. Listeners are treated to an interview with the author's son which includes interesting facts about the real-life folks upon whose story the book is based before the book's narration even begins.
I grew up in East Tennessee myself and regret that the narrator's dialect coach was unfamiliar with the the pronunciation and inflections of the natives' speech. However, no one except an East Tennessee person would notice those things, and this book is definitely recommended to give you hours of listening pleasure.