This book was better than I expected it to be. I really liked the slow reveal of the "truth" with the overlay of a magical Russian folk tale that paralleled the characters' situations. Alaska is as much a character as any of the humans, and I think the portrayal of life there in the early 20th century was likely realistic. I listened to the audible version, which is fine, not spectacular. I would love to see an edition illustrated with Mabel's sketches.
Perhaps. It was fascinating, and I'm still not entirely sure what happened. I would listen again to absorb more of the details.
Mabel was my favourite. She turned out to be stronger, more loving, and understanding than even she realised she could be.
Esther was an amusing character and well performed. The way she comes blustering in, speaks her mind, and makes things better for Jack and Mabel is cool.
Great story and superbly performed. The ending left me empty -very disappointing, as if the writer gave up.
The narrator is soothing and simple. The story is quietly brilliant. I could visualize the entire story. A must read if you are in need of quiet and beauty.
This book is the best audiobook I have listened to so far.
One of the things I liked best about the story was the suspense of not knowing where it was going; how the characters would play out. It's comparison to the Russian fairy tale gave it a little more structure, but did not really give away the ending. It was a totally engaging story that moved the listener between fairy tale and truth.
This is the first time I have listened to one of Debra Monk's performances. I found myself increasingly in awe of her ability to switch from character to character with the pitch, tone, and timber of her voice. Very effective and entertaining without the listener being consciously aware of the fact that it is being read by only one individual.
I could imagine the tag line being "Can a vision of beauty, created out of the frozen wilderness and pure love, ever really exist in this world?"