A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town....
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's.
It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil - but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well.
Told by three resonant and evocative characters - Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past - A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.
©2012 Wiley Cash (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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.
At first I wasn't too sure about it-took a little while to get into the story but when I did it was well worth it. Find myself sitting in the car as long as I can to listen.
The narrarators made this book come to life. I didn't want to have to pause it!
I would strongly advise listening to it.
Having a snake phobia, I didn't like all the ssssss parts of the story, but it was very well written, and the narrators did a splendid job.
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