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 usually don't read this type of adult fiction just because I sometimes find it hard for them to keep my attention, however, I chose to listen to The Snow Child through Audible and I really did like it. I didn't love it, but I really did like it.
The Snow Child is set in 1920s Alaska and is a story based off a children's fairytale about loss, love, pain, hope, determination, perseverance, and friendship. Jack and Mabel are an older couple who live in the wilderness of Alaska. Prior to the time of the book, Jack and Mabel lost a child and after that knew that they would never be able to have children. They move to Alaska to try and escape that pain, but quickly find that is something that is very hard to do especially since they both deal with their loss differently. One day Jack and Mabel decide to go play in the snow and they build a snowman/child/girl. The next day their snow child has vanished. They do end up finding a little girl in the woods, and they are unsure for a while whether the girl is real and if she is an orphan or something.
While the all around tone of this book is very dark and sad at times, it was still a good read. The characters in the story were all developed nicely. I think sometimes it was hard for me to really appreciate Jack because emotional he just couldn't be there for his wife, and Mabel seemed as if she was always depressed no matter what was going on around her. The one character that really stood out for me was Esther. Esther was Jack and Mabel's neighbor as well as best friend. She was so funny, and loud, and boisterous. She brought a certain light to the story that seemed to rid it of its sadness, if only for a moment.
I only gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because at times I thought that the pace of the story was a little slow. My opinion of this could be a little biased just because I am used to reading YA and stories with lots of drama and action, so this was definitely a change of pace for me. Another reason I only gave it 4 stars was because I felt like the ending just left me hanging. I like a book that sort of explains all of it's mysteries by the time the story ends, but this one doesn't. I felt the author left it up to the reader and their imagination to determine what happens at the end. Some may like it, but I am not a huge fan of books that end that way.
Overall, I think The Snow Child, while very sad and at time depressing, it was beautifully written and a great story that many people could probably relate to.
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....
Sappy story with no possibility it could ever happen in real life. Maybe something you could read to a 6 year old child, like a fairy tale. Obviously not what I care for, but with 1050 books I have learned to expect about 33.33% I really like, 33.33% I can get through with no problem, and 33.33% that I have to force myself to finish, sometimes leaving off and going back one or more times. This one is in the last group.
You be the judge.
sweet, sweet story
Fresh and imaginative, a story sparked by loss and desire. Well written, well narrated.
A good narrator brings his/her characters to life. Debra Monk is an excellent narrator.
The whole story felt like a remembered fairy tale written at novel length. I loved the narration. The author's setting details made me feel the cold of the blowing snow and the warmth of the hearth. The characters were uncomplicated, but not one-dimensional.
The conclusion was simply amazing.
This tale was written to be read aloud, I think. Debra Monk made each of the characters unique.
The perfect listen for a snowy weekend.
No knowledge of the print Vern's.
I loved the horse back ride in the snow on the mountain.
I loved this story. Sad, happy, mysterious. Loved the cold remote lifestyle.
Captivating, magical & penetrating
The vivid language and captivating weave of storytelling that wraps around the reader, pulling them ever deeper into a magical setting & the tender intimacy of the characters lives & experiences.... A classic worth reading time & time again
Yes - right after it began & the moment continued to linger after the book finished
This is a timeless story that I know I will listen to again & again. Quite likely the best book I've ever purchased through Audible - great praise considering that I am rather attached to my audible library & dearly love the vast majority of the titles I've collected.
So many adventures, hardships and happy times.
Seewana coming into the lives of Jack and Mabel
Seewana was always able to take care of herself, so knowledgably about the outdoors. Survival skills.
Seewana melted away leaving her husband and son behind.
Book is a good read for young teens to young adults. However of my age I still enjoyed it very much.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This book is enchanting and beautiful! It ranks as one of my favorites of the year. The only other one that comes close is Beautiful Ruins. I feel like I’ve been wrapped in a different world and it is really hard to disentangle myself! I didn’t want it to end.
The book is like a magical fairy tale. At first I thought the element of magic was meant only as a way to make Jack and Mabel, the older couple in the story, happy again. However, as the book progressed, I could see that it was not only for this purpose but to help Mabel, and the reader, appreciate and love the absolute beauty and truth inherent in nature. Mabel goes from hardly leaving her cabin in Alaska to appreciating in an almost worshipful way the beauty, wildness, and freedom of their life in Alaska.
Faina, the fairy-like girl in this book, represents nature in all its beauty and wildness. Faina, and nature, essentially can’t be tamed, controlled, or changed. Her essence is wild; that’s who she is. Mabel, and the reader, come to understand and appreciate that as the book moves along.
The author does a fantastic job of examining the relationship of the main couple, Jack and Mabel. That part is totally realistic, well-written and nuanced and is a great balance to the other-worldly nature of Faina and her story. I love the scene in the beginning when they are so estranged and yet they find an intimate time together out in the snow.
“Wait,” she said. “Let’s make a snowman.”
“A snowman. It’s perfect. Perfect snow for a snowman.” He hesitated. He was tired. It was late. They were too old for such nonsense. There were a dozen reasons not to, Mabel knew, but instead he set the lantern back in the snow.
“All right,” he said. There was reluctance in the hang of his head, but he pulled off his leather work gloves. He took her cheek in his bare hand, and with his thumb wiped melted snow from beneath her eye. “All right.”
Just the description of brushing the melted snow from his wife’s cheek actually had me tearing up with the intimacy of the gesture. That’s when I started appreciating her writing.
I love the way the author weaves her book in and around an old Russian fairy tale. The book was just the right combination of magical suggestion and reality. Reading about how Eowyn, the author, came upon the story and just knew that this old story would inhabit her new novel was magical in itself. I could hardly believe this was her first novel. When I see her picture, she looks so young and innocent. It is so fitting that she lives in Alaska and has experienced some of the wild life that Faina represents. Her wedding picture on Facebook made me think of Faina a little bit ☺
Is Faina real? What a marvelous ambivalence is drawn around this question. The story can be read literally to say that Faina is human and flesh and blood. However, there are so many magical references and so much symbolism relating to her close relationship with the snow, the cold, and the wild creatures, that the reader is never entirely sure of just where Faina stands. The ending, too, has some slight ambivalence. I was left wanting to know more about what happened to Faina, even as I understood it at a deeper level.