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This story is hauntingly beautiful, an amazing story about beautiful land. Enchanting, yet filled with hearts longing. I highly recommend this book
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A beautifully written story of a close to fifty year old childless couple who move to the Alaska wilderness in the 1920s to homestead. It's a fairytale for adults with a wonderful storyline filled with emotions and lively characters. A magical, heartfelt, poetic MUST read.
I wish I could find more wonderful books like this one.
This book is a slower paced reading. This style fits the atmosphere of the book; in Winter, older couple that left the city to get away. It's a relaxing read, enjoyed.
flat narrator's voice was not invested in the magical fairy tale aspects. Good try on the story -- some creative interesting parts, too many boring parts. Ironically it was the "real" parts which did not seem believable to me. Time is not carefully consistent; money is scarce but pies are made with the last of flour -- but then more pies. Really boring if no edge/conflict to these problems.
Either MORE magical evocations -- or less. Like MacBeth she is half way across the commitment to the supernatural, but does not really trust her own construct of a fairy tale.Read Winter's Tale (NOT the movie!) for the lyrical use of fantasy and magic .Or even better 100 Years of Solitude.
boredom -- interspersed with some really intersting parts.
100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.
I loved the gentle tone of the narrator, and loved the beautiful, magical story about a child made of snow. This listen will stay with me for a long time. I was able to let myself be taken away by the fairy tale aspect and it’s so well written that the plot is not completely improbable. I have never read a fairytale based novel before but the review caught my attention. I just love listening to something new that turns out excellent. I looked forward to getting back to it every day.
The story took place in Alaska in the 1920’s and portrays the difficulty of a couple setting up a life there and as a listener I had no trouble
Imagining Alaska and the cabin they lived in with all of the hardships they seemed to endure -- that certainly bothered me more than it did the couple!! They did have the results of their child of snow
to carry them through……and that’s the story you will love.
Debra Monk did a fantastic job narrating; her voice fit the story perfectly.
The story was very well written and the author’s description of Alaska is amazing. I thought it was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone...
Best: the good hearts of the charactersLeast: the narrator
The ending did not make sense to me. If this is indicative of a "Russion fairy tale", I am not much of a fan.
Different narrator with more expression in the vocals would have done wonders for this bleak story. Or maybe it was the narrator that was bleak.
Poor choice in narrator. She had a pleasant voice, but she read very flat and blah. I kept thinking it would improve. It did not.
I think the summary needs changed to better reflect the nature of the story. When I decided to buy it, I anticipated a fairy tale experience. It's more mundane than expected. I would have enjoyed it more as a historical fiction featuring the town and the families. I'm also not a fan of 'I'll throw on an epilogue to make sure everyone knows how I saw the future for my characters' writing. I'd rather have had the book end and be left to evaluate teh people and situation on my own.
With the resurrgence of fairy tales in Hollywood, I could see this as a movie. Something quirky, like Moonrise Kingdom or Butter.
yes,narrator was good!
the book was well narrated but i just wish it had a different ending & from the beginning you pretty much knew it wasn't going to end well.
I can't stop telling people about this book. The author does such a magnificent job of describing the great Alaskan frontier that I'm left awestruck. Never have I read anyone describe the wilderness and nature so well. All the while spinning a plot that leaves you questioning what is real and is make believe. Is the snow child real? This is magic!
This is quite a beautiful story, imagined in the cold of the far, far north. You can feel the climate, the extremes of weather, of temperament, of love and loss, of being lost. You can see the beauty of the environment and feel placed there with the characters, some emerging from the ice of their past, some content with the raw pace of surviving.
And the child, she is beautiful, foreign, mysterious and elusive.
But I felt let down by this book, the ending felt contrived, as if the ideas were cut short at their birth and the child leaves the story deflated like a balloon loosing all it's air as soon as it reaches it's capacity. There could have been so much more....