this was the worst story I've ever heard. the story was bad, the characters were boring, half of the time I couldn't follow what was happening. waste of time.
This story went too slow for me. What I got out of it was that all in all you live day to day. The same routine from season to season with maybe some diversions but what does it matter in the end. The narration saved this book. It was just not for me.
This maybe one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. The story is realistic the language is carefully crafted.
A story of unexpressed but faithful love.
The performance is unparalleled and well matched to the story and language.
In a word: magnificent.
Yes, I will - just to experience a voice (Mark's) that matches the character so well!!!
I usually enjoy 'reading' a book rather than listening, but my job requires long driving hours, so I have been 'listening' to books. This is one I am so thankful I 'listened' to instead of read. The voice of the narrator, Mark Bramhall, added such depth to the characters. WELL done!!! Love this book!!!
The cover of this book really helps you visualize the setting for this book. I cannot say this is a gripping or compelling book; it is an otherwise common story delivered by a very talented writer who knows the art of pacing very well. When I completed the book, it left me with the same sense I felt with books like "East of Eden," and "Growth of Soil." In other words, it is a pastoral of a farming family and their struggles with the land and with life. I was pleased with the book and it has something like 80 chapters, so I am very happy someone had the sense not to say, "Chapter X" at the beginning of each chapter, as some of the chapters are only a few minutes and others are 15+ minutes. I am glad I read this book. It was very moving. However, I do not know that I'll read it again the way I would with East of Eden or some other books where the characters, I felt, meant more to me. Don't let that deter you. This is a great book by a very adept writer. I think that what impressed me the most is that it was written by a woman. For most of the book, I didn't know if it was a man or a woman, but I intuited that a man had written it. I respect that versatility, that she can write a book that appeals to men AND women. A weird thing to note though- the narrator makes Talmadge sound like Batman! Every time he had dialogue, I imagined batman in a rural, Washington farm!
I loved the narrator's voice and delivery, and he was perfect for this book. He reminded me of some old, wise, kind farmers I knew in Indiana, who didn't talk much, but lived generously and graciously, like the main character, Talmadge. The plight of the sisters who are featured in the book shows that some hurts may never go away, but God bless the people who try to give them comfort on their weary way.