But oh my goodness I am so glad I did. I was hesitant because I thought it would be more of a child's book. I was so wrong. This is a beautiful written and narrated story. It's about a
couple eking out a life in the frozen extremes of Alaska in the 1920's. Their excruciating sadness at the loss of their own premature baby and the magical appearance of another child. One that seems to have sprung from their hopes and dreams. The narrator has a beautiful patient voice that harmonizes with the gentle but intense story. You'll love this book. Im very partial to action packed mysteries and thrillers but was captivated from the very beginning. I can't wait to see what this author writes next. Ill be waiting…..
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 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.