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A Land Remembered | [Patrick D. Smith]

A Land Remembered

In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dave Capen 05-17-15
    Dave Capen 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Having the ability to speed up or slow down the narration is nice but more precise intervals would be helpful.

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    Shirley Twist 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very good!"

    love this story of everything good and bad. the story teller was a very good. I want more. will look for more recorded story like this.

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    Sintillator Flagstaff, AZ 04-30-15
    Sintillator Flagstaff, AZ 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Journey worth taking"

    Ok so I was admittedly drawn to the story as a native Floridian. The first chapter was a flashback of names and places I grew up with. But while it was intriguing to start with the story while filled with familiar aspects took me away on it's own merits. It could have been in the plains states, The East or West coast or just about anywhere man has found a home. Sure, this tale has many familiar themes. The twists and turns are about real life, nothing you haven't heard before yet it is. The narrator is suburb. Not with the variations of character voices but in the pacing and ability to transport you into the story. I got to walk along with the Mcclive's, eat, ride, fight and live with them. What more could you want? I can't imagine.

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    Kathy Goszewski Ocala, Florida 04-25-15
    Kathy Goszewski Ocala, Florida 04-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Florida Story"

    As a somewhat newcomer to Florida {15 years), I loved hearing the history of what Florida was like in the old days. That was just the icing on the cake. Mr Guidall's narration was spot on for this great story. A lot of laughter and sadness along the way but a great story. Don't miss it.

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    Jenny 04-22-15
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    "I'll be remembering this book for ages!"

    I throughly enjoyed this book...great story..great narration.
    It made me think of my ancestors and the struggles they endured. Those pioneer women were way stronger than I am.

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    Albert Theodore Amherst, NY USA 04-19-15
    Albert Theodore Amherst, NY USA 04-19-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Awesome listen"

    This is very good book (audio). The story is awesome and the history of the land was very interesting.

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    Joan 04-15-15
    Joan 04-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The story of Florida"

    Well read and interesting tale. A must for all visitors to Florida. History wrapped in a well a family narrative.

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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 04-10-15
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 04-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent historical tale"
    What made the experience of listening to A Land Remembered the most enjoyable?

    The story was set in a place that I have read little about. The characters were well developed and the story moved along at a good pace. Of course, being narrated by George Guidall is a great asset to any story.!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the narration and the characters struggle to succeed made it a great story for me.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    They were all good. He doesn't try to overact. I love the fact he doesn't try to come up with ridiculous female voices. I don't believe good narrators should attempt doing the voices of their opposite sex by changing their voice too dramatically. The male narrators who do that all make the women sound like pathetic idiots; which ticks me off!!


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

    Smile at times. Tear up a little at others. I don't require an extreme reaction to consider it a great book.


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    S.D.R. 04-09-15
    S.D.R. 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "History AND Pleasure"

    Fully enjoyable. Unusually, I've listened twice! George Guidall's performance is transporting. An all round winner. The story illuminated the origins of today's different Florida.

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    Zach 08-26-14
    Zach 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb!"

    This is by far one of the best books I've ever read. It intertwines history with the story line in such way that is absolutely brilliant. I would recommended this book to anyone. I fell deeply in love with every character in this book, so much so, that I never wanted to leave them.

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