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A Land Remembered Audiobook
A Land Remembered
Written by: 
Patrick D. Smith
Narrated by: 
George Guidall
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A Land Remembered Audiobook

A Land Remembered

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Patrick D. Smith here tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need. Between is a sweeping story rich in Florida history.

A best-selling novel of Florida historical fiction, A Land Remembered was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received the state’s highest literary award from the Florida Historical Society, the 1986 Tebeau Prize for the Most Outstanding Florida Historical novel.

©1984 Patrick D. Smith (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Lisa M Yount Sevierville, TN United States 11-25-14
    Lisa M Yount Sevierville, TN United States 11-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastico!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Land Remembered the most enjoyable?

    This was a wonderful book. The narrator did a great job giving each character a voice, and reading with emotion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sol was my son's favorite character because "he was funny and cute".


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    George Guidall brings a real voice to the characters. I felt like I knew them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When characters died or were killed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Vaughan 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about A Land Remembered?

    Outstanding historical fiction. Having moved to Florida as an adult over 20 years ago and lived in both South and North Florida this book gave me a sense of the rich heritage of the settlers who struggled in the wilderness. The issues of the times. The business and opportunity of the time. I highly recommend this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me get teary eyed when Zech lost his wife to the bull and spoke to Sol about loss of those you love.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff deland, FL, USA 04-18-14
    Jeff deland, FL, USA 04-18-14
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    "a contemporary "the yearling"."
    Where does A Land Remembered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one the the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Land Remembered?

    vivid imagery of a time past


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    well performed


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This would make a great miniseries (sorta like lonesome dove).


    Any additional comments?

    should be required reading for Florida high schoolers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sharon 03-14-15
    sharon 03-14-15
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    "listened again !!"

    great book second time I listened. even better the next time !! you will enjoy the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crawle 02-25-15
    crawle 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good research"

    V erywell written and entertaining. I enjoyed the mixture of history and fiction and appreciate the research the author did for this book. George Guidalldid an excellent job narrating

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen United States 01-17-15
    Kathleen United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my favorites"

    I have listened to this story many times. It gets better every time. If you live in South Florida, this story will connect you with the land in a special way.

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    Sand 08-13-14
    Sand 08-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great history; corny but wholesome story"

    As a transplant to Florida, I've long been familiar with the Railroad Baron narrative of Florida's post-Jacksonville development, which pretty much ignores the fact that non-native Americans were already migrating here long before Flagler and Plant (incentivized by government subsidies and competitive zeal) built their railways and snowbird resorts.

    So I found this book to be a welcome and well-researched history of the early Florida settlers who populated the central and rural parts of Florida that most people outside of the state don't ever see. (With the exception of Disney World, of course, which would have been in development as this story ends in 1968).

    It's also a nice depiction of American pioneer/frontier life in the mid-to-late 1800's, which we sometimes forget wasn't just a westward thing.

    But if you're not particularly interested in Florida, Florida history, or pioneer/frontier fiction, there's not a lot of complexity to this story.

    On the plus side, it's an excellent family PG listen--the characters are inspiring and morally admirable (unless they're totally despicable--there's no in-between in this novel). But that's also the downside--this is a classic man v. nature plot, and in this case nature turns out to be much more interesting and unpredictable than the man.

    In fact, the MacIveys are dead-ringers for the denizens of Lake Wobegon (all of the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children are above average). The Seminole Indians are consistently wise and other-worldy, with a wonderful habit of appearing at really convenient times. And the depiction of the African-American Skittle feels somehow racist by modern standards as well, although it probably is more historically accurate than Tobias MacIvey's enlightened attitude towards him. (Isn't it amazing how every historical character created in modern popular fiction is always the ONE person in their community who bravely stands up against racial segregation?)

    But the action and dialogue are compelling, and Smith definitely knows how to tell a story.

    Paired with George Guidall's always-perfect narration, this is an enlightening and entertaining listen, especially if you're driving or walking in Florida.




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    Suellen Biferie 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A must for Floridans interested in their history."
    If you could sum up A Land Remembered in three words, what would they be?

    Endearing, informative, and satisfying


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is the perfect narrator for this story. The voices he uses brings the story to life and allows the reader to feel love and empathy for these memorable characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened on a road tip and time flew.


    Any additional comments?

    My family has been in Florida for four generations and I loved learning what happened in Florida before we arrived.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 03-02-14
    Connie 03-02-14 Member Since 2006
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    "A must read for all Floridians"

    Part historical fiction, part family saga, part pioneer story with real cowboys and Native Americans - if you live in Florida, have visited Florida, or dream of doing either, you should read this story. It is a riveting trip through time and the taming and plundering of this exotic place called Florida. It is hard for most of us who see the land of strip malls and traffic jams to imagine the Florida wilderness. This book will help you imagine and as the title suggests... remember.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hollace Newark, OH, United States 01-17-12
    Hollace Newark, OH, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2000

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    "A Rewarding Listen"

    I really enjoyed this book. Every aspect of it is top quality. The story is very well developed and the characters are people that you begin to believe you really know personally. I did not know much about Florida history during the period that is covered in the story. I liked learning some new things while caught up in a fascinating saga. At first I thought the narration was going to be a problem but either the narrator improved while reading or I just got used to the voice.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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