At their best, audiobooks are not just the convenience of listening while doing other things. Or even the enjoyment having a story told. Rather, the narration takes one so much deeper into the experience than if one read the book oneself. That is the case with this recording of The Orchardist. Had I read this book, I would have raced through parts to see what happens next. Instead, I experienced it as the events unfolded, paying attention to every detail. Sometimes, I had to stop listening for a while, because it felt so real. Had I read it myself, the voiice in my head would have been too thin and superficial. The narrator's voice is ideal for the characters, and somehow evoked the era in which the events occurred. A powerful story about pain and commitment, good people doing their best.
This book captures the essence of rural life in eastern Washington during the homesteading period...the independence of the people, their struggles, their silent endurance of tragedy. Their story reminded me of a Greek tragedy...in that their character flaws, which were also their strengths in some way, led inevitably to pain and sadness.
The characters in this book are full of emotions that they can't identify and for which they have no words. Their stoicism makes it impossible to talk with each other. And yet, they learn to read each others' signals, slight changes in bearing, or the eyes, a change in breathing. They "speak" volumes. Ultimately, they do understand each other, but they endure so much pain before they reach that point. Their story was captivating.
Nurse. Yarn snob. Bookworm. Cat lover. Color enthusiast. Fabric collector. Gardener
The lyrical way in which the author writes about the American West on the brink of modernity, on the brink of losing its agricultural way of life as the 20th century barrels toward the orchard.
The way Talmadge, a very solitary man, unfolds the hard layers of his personality and opens his long dormant heart to the possibility of forging new relationships with Della and Jane.
I think it would have to be his slow, deliberate voice. He was always steady, never getting carried away with the emotion of the language which really painted a very specific picture of the main character for me.
I fell in love with this book. The author's prose, her descriptions of the landscape and its people were so beautiful that I could fully imagine the orchard in my mind's eye. I liked the slow development of the plot as this really allows you to come to know the characters, to wonder about their motives, to form relationships with each of them. This book is meant to be savored rather than devoured as you contemplate Talmadge's quest to create "family" despite the trouble it invites into his life.
I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone. The rich narrative, character development make you ache for these people.
His tone reflects the hesitance and awkwardness of the main male character, I could feel the loneliness and longing in Talmedge. Shows the greatest love possible in the human heart that goes beyond sexual feelings.
Probably where he goes to visit Della in jail and she again rejects his help.
Just shows the human heart's unrelenting search to protect and love even when it is rejected and pushed away. Made me understand that a person's life might not be about their own fulfillment but a gift gladly given to those they leave behind.
Tragedy that you know must happen, descriptions of feelings and surroundings desperately beautiful. Poetry.
Caroline Middey...she cares so much, gives him such good advice, but sees the tragedy coming, inescapable, just as the reader (listener) does.
Yes, it's got good pace, you enjoy and empathize with the characters.
there were several and I would hate to give away the story by explaining them.
His pace of reading is perfect for the story, he gets totally involved. I loved his voices, he had given the characters lots of thought.
The name is perfect.
This was a wondeful story and I couldn't wait to keep picking it up.. it makes my walks amazing no matter the weather.
It's a peaceful historical story involving a family of mostly people that stay are joined out of like for each other rather than blood.
The story spans more than seventy years and four generations....there are many.
Poor Mark didn't get to "act out" many characters for none of them were "talkers" He did do a fine job telling the sory.
14 hours worth....not possible. It was reallly long. Pleasant...yes.
I am not overly happy with the ending. I don't necessairly need a happy story but, somewhere in an epic that spans generations something positive is necessary to recount.
After a lifetime of strife, hardship and toil of the protaganist, the author went on to relay the demise of his lifelong work - years after his death..... I am not understanding the necessity of that.
Wow, this was like reading a rough draft or something. Review written by Erica nailed it perfectly. Use a pronoun or use a name. Both? Repeatedly? Absolutely horrible. If the story was really great perhaps one could overlook this. It is not. Seriously, didn't anyone proofread this before printing? Ugh!
Loved the narrator's voice in this audible book about the life of an orchardist and his interactions with several women. Kept my interest in wanting to know what would happen next with the sisters that became central to the protagonist's life.
I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!
The story had enough substance to make me continue but it was very depressing. I will not be recommending this story to friends.