I loved listening to Tavia Gilbert's voice tell the story as much as the story was good to hear in itself! I even loved hearing the "yummy" sounds as she described the food that was grown and how it was prepared.
For me, the best part of the story was how a complete city girl threw her "familiar" to the wind in order to have a simpler life. Not that a simple life is necessarily easy, it's just nice to know that a simple life is still obtainable in this day and age. I envied the main character for her story.
I was moved the most at the end of the story when the draft horse, Silver, died. I could picture my parents farm that I grew up on, as I listened to the story, and our own horses with all of the adventures with them and I remembered how attached to them we were...and how heartbreaking it was for them to pass away after the years of companionship and hard work that they had given to us.
Any city person that longs for a self providing life of simplicity and hard work or even, someone like me, that grew up in an agricultural environment, would love this book!!!
This is probably one of my favorite audiobooks so far. Granted, it was only 5 hours, or so, long, but it was a full spectrum story.
It was sort of like Ray Bradbury meets the Twilight Zone. I was expecting a coming of age book, sort of, but I wasn't expecting the creepy twists along the way. I also loved the narration by Neil Gaiman; he wasn't just reading the story to you, he was feeling it and you were feeling it with him. I also loved how when I was listening, I could see the scene develop in my minds eye (helpful for when you're on an elliptical) and easily became lost in the story. Very descriptive and heart-felt narration.
I think Old Mrs Hempstock was my favorite. Whenever she said anything, she was unfiltered and a little spiky whenever she spoke...just like any Grandmother who had earned the right to do so.
I would take Ginny Hempstock out for dinner anytime! Between the experiences of her mother and her daughter, she's have amazing dinner conversation regardless of who was with her.
I just happened to be browsing around Audible for something that I could listen to while I was working out. I was pleasantly surprised by how involved I got into this book. Highly recommended for anyone that likes nostalgia with a hint of magic thrown in.
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