I like audio better than print for most books because I enjoy listening more than reading
All of the characters were so well developed, Mable, Jack, Esther, and Garrett were my favorites
Esther, because she tells like it is with humor
I can't wait for another book from Ewoyn
This is a sweet, touching story about a childless couple and a mysterious little girl who comes to them when they need it most.
I haven't looked at the print version, but I really enjoyed the Ms. Monk's voices. She differentiated the characters and made each come alive.
The few times in the middle of the story when Mabel and Jack truly connect made the story magical. These characters were in a difficult marriage but you truly rooted for them.
She used a narrators voice so well to describe the place and allow me to choose what I enjoyed but she voiced the characters, especially the bossy neighbor, with unique inflections that truly reflected their characters.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
A great story - a little history, a little fantasy, a little romance, a little reality, and a lot of humanity. I really enjoyed this story.
I found it very enjoyable but I seldom listen to a book more than once.
The snow child.
The performance was very well done...I found myself well into the characters.
I would say that the story and narration was well done. I would consider purchasing another book by E. Ivey.
This story focuses around Mabel and Jack who move to Alaska due to the heartache of infertility. The story lines contain the relationship between Mabel and Jack, how they differ in their own grief, the healing that comes from their neighbors, and their tender love for the snow child, This is not a light, happy book. However, I will remember it for a long time and that signifies a great book to me. Yes, I would recommend this book.
Mable and Jack - Childless couple in Alaska in 1920's
Esther and George - neighbors
Derek - Esther and George's son
The Snow Child
Her performance was fine, it did not stand out but I was able to focus on the story and her voice did not distract me.
I loved the narrator's voice and the descriptive story of homesteaders in Alaska circa 1920s, the uncertainty and certainy of life in the wilderness, and the weaving of a fairy tale in the background of unrelented loss and love of a child.
I fell in love with the characters in this story -- hardy, brave, and very true with all the human pitfalls and conditions of the human race. Very believable subjects.
I did not necessarily like the way the book ended as I wanted the fairy tale to continue. It is a somber book in some regard.
Not only does Debra Monk have a clear and pleasant voice, she also reads this book at the PERFECT speed.
Yes, when Jack and Mabel finally talk about the baby they loss, the burial and naming.
Although this book is predictable, it is written very well and presented by a great narrator. I loved the families individually and collectively. The story is warm, spirited and lovely. This was a nice change for me as I usually order mysteries and thrillers!
i like to read. i like to listen.
Sad, stark, silent.
Mabel. She was the heart of the story, her hopeful sadness permeated the entire narrative. She was exactly who you wanted her to be. I found her to be so realistic. The letters she and her sister exchanged gave me such insight into her "previous life" -- I wish there were more of them in this story. Her affection for The Snow Child embodied everything you want in a mother's love....unwavering, truthful. Her belief in the magic and the magical was refreshing.
Esther. Her rough and tumble solidness was so glaringly different from Mabel...it was interesting to hear Debra Monk embody her and bring her to life.
This book is not a light hearted read. I found myself really sad throughout most of it -- wishing the ending would be different from what I knew it would be. I cried a lot during the last few chapters of this book. I saw where it was headed, and it gave me great pause.
The reader,it was the right tone for the book. Plus the writting the suspense as to wether the girl was real or a fantasy.
I like both the Husband, Jack and the Wife, Mabel they compleminted each other. You coud feel the love and respect they had for each other. Their neighbors made every thing real and understandable.
Her voice she read the story as though it was bedtime story. She was relaxed and sure of her self and the story.
To rename the book would take away the mystery and the fantasy of it. I liked that the Girl though real and human had that mystical quality about her. Other wise it would have been a story about pioneers in Alaska which is nice but it would not have had the fantasy quality.
I enjoyed the book so much that I have recommended it for my 15 year old granddaughter who is a reader like my self. It is a book we can share.
First of all let me say that after reading the synopsis of this book, I didn't think I'd like it. It sounded too fantastical to me to be adult fiction, but the reviews were so good I snatched it up. I'm so glad I did!
The author weaves a magical tale that feels like 80% nonfiction, 20% fairy tale. Her description of life in Alaska is as beautifully written as anything by Barbara Kingsolver. Much of this book is tightly written prose of literary quality. The childless couple in the book are broken until a beautiful, shy, and wild too-good-to-be-true daughter lets them adopt her, sort of. As the child grows, so do their relationships with each other and they learn more about her past and how she came to be an orphan. Woven into this is the ongoing question, is the child real or imaginary? Did the couple create the child from snow or is she an orphan from real parents who died? Like a Buddhist koan, only you can answer this question in the end. Would foster great book club discussions!
The narration for the book was superb. I highly recommend this one and plan to read it again sometime this winter.
NOTE: If you liked any of the following books/authors, I think you will enjoy this one:
Barbara Kingsolver (anything, but esp. The Poisonwood Bible)
The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson
The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton
L.M. Montgomery (anything)
Pat Conroy (anything)
The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern