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?"
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!
An epic story of love. This book spans years in the life of a married couple and was beautiful and realistic and heartbreaking. Will definitely recommend to others!
Too long. I kept falling asleep listening to this book
Haven't listened to any books by Eowyn Ivey
yes, nice voice
Yes, but still a 3 star
This book could use some more editing
It was a really good book, but would have to mention the profanity 'just in case' ...by the way, the narration made this book really come alive! Would buy other books narrated by Debra Monk!
Loved the interaction between Mable and Jack...
Jack...as he began to slowly open up in regard to his relationship with Mable as, over the years, they become partners...
As a Christian, I did not like the instances of swearing and just felt many other words would have been just effective to show the frustration the characters were going through. I would have given it five stars except for that...