I'm not sure if it was because of the rural North Carolina mountains with the tobacco fields, or the church, but this book took me home. Granted, I never went to a "snake handling" church, but I loved the setting and story here. I actually listened to this book on Audible, but would have loved it just the same. It has a rural Kentucky feel to it as well, and that's why I think I was drawn to it. Either way, I'll be buying this to keep on my shelves as well.
Rich, dramatic, inspiring
I never have that much time, but I was anxious to get back to it
The characterization in this book is some of the strongest I've ever read (or listened to in this case, where I "read" the audible version). The three narrators' voices provide windows into their lives and thoughts while at the same time telling the story of powerful events taking place in the small backwoods North Carolina town. As we come to know the speakers, their insights into the main characters involved in the events bring those characters to life as well.
I would recommend this book in whatever format suits you, but if you are able to listen to the audible version, you will be rewarded by excellent readers.
Anybody reading this is already a fan of audiobooks and knows that narration can richly enhance the written word. While reading, I can use my imagination but when I listen, a professional actor can push the story to life.
In this book, the team of narrators were superb. I think I would have liked reading this book...BUT....I loved listening to it!
I great tale of a charlatan 'pastor' and naive congregation, a cowed elderly but wise woman, innocent boys and sheriff with a painful past.
I think you'll love this book.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I wasn't expecting much and in fact, after fist 15 minutes, almost gave up. Read a few reviews, kept listening and knew after 15 more minutes it was a winner. I was so engaged that I couldn't stop listening. It's an emotional, difficult story, but one that offers a realistic observation of the human spirit and the ability to change. Great performances by three narrators!
Yes! The narrator's were superb!
Loved the way the author really seemed to understand the workings of the religious fanatic leaders like Chambliss. He nailed it!
Yes, this one was excellent! The accents and voices were perfect for the characters they were reading.
Hard to believe this is a debut novel! So well written, I could not put it down. I try to only listen to my audiobooks during my morning runs as a kind of motivation to run each day but I found myself "cheating" and listening while working around the house so I wouldn't miss anything! Loved the book. Can't wait for his next.
This is the first novel by Cash and it definitely reminds me of the terrific books of award winners John Hart and Tom Franklin. I enjoyed the book and believe I've found another award winner in Cash! The story is expertly told by three characters--an 8 year old boy, an old woman, and an experienced older sherif. The themes of survivors rather than victims, love from many angles, and small town involvement in everyone's lives is written beautifully. The mystery is slyly slipped in the compelling first person narratives. A real winner f
Each first person narrator was read by a different person. Adds a great deal to the enjoyment to an already great read!!
A Land More Kind Than Home is a good story made great by a terrific audio performance, I'd recommend it to anyone.
I am a always on the lookout for new authors and this one sure passed the test! This author is a true storyteller and writes on an intelligent level. No cotton candy here. I am so glad that I listened to it rather than read it. The narrators are outstanding. I will definitely buy any future books by Mr. Cash.
I really enjoyed this book. Great story, kept my interest from the start, the narration was spot on. Looking forward to other books by this author.
There was a very thin story here, padded out with too much descriptive prose.
Mark Bramhill did an exceptional job as the sheriff.
Honestly, I was very disappointed in the story after so many positive reviews.