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?"
I still can't believe I finished this book. I wanted to quit every chapter. I guess I kept hoping it would get better. It got worse.
Most of the books I select I expect to be better than most - not as good as some. I am typically surprised one way or the other...
Is the couple sane or insane? None the less they are strong and kind-hearted yet complex in a simple yet brutal existence. Interesting portrayal of redemption for a couple seeking something they could not find.
Having read this fairy tale as a child, I was curious as to how a whole novel would compare. I was delighted and totally mesmerized.The book has all the elements I like; a family saga, a believable description of their circumstances, some joy, some sorrow, and a good portion of whimsy. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a great story.
Capturing the natural beauty and rugged life of pioneering in early 20th century Alaska through her deft writing, Eowyn Ivey also nails the strong but sad interior life of Mabel and Jack, who've resigned themselves to a childless life on the land. Good neighbors, and the fusion of their story with an archetypal fairytale change the course of the narrative in an enchanting way. Magical Realism at its best!
This was such a poignant story that weaved seamlessly in between fairy tale and reality. The vivid descriptions of wild Alaska showed Ivey's skill with prose. A touching story of love, loss, and grief is sure to strike a chord with most readers.