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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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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 08-03-13
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "5 Stars doesn't do this book justice!"

    There are too few books on the history of early pioneer life in many areas of the United States. Florida is one of those areas. This book is a real gem. Great descriptions of daily life, geographical surroundings and the commercial development of the state. I loved every word! And George Guidall is the absolute best narrator. I don't even hear him, I just see, in my mind, the pictures he is painting with the words. Have one negative thing to say, ''what do you read after finishing a 5+ book''?!

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    Claudia BONITA SPRINGS, FL, United States 07-31-13
    Claudia BONITA SPRINGS, FL, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The most famous Florida novel"
    What made the experience of listening to A Land Remembered the most enjoyable?

    George Guidall reading Land Remembered is an experience not to be missed. In our library we do book discussions of Land Remembered every few years and everybody likes the book. The most recent one was a month ago which had 30 attendees and everyone raved about the book....not a dissenter among them. One local professional Florida storyteller tells me that there never would have been a romance the likes of which keep the Seminoles in the story. We didn't care. This is a book to give new Florida arrivals to learn a little bit about the history of Florida of the last 150 years.


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    Carlos Miami, FL, United States 07-29-13
    Carlos Miami, FL, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing Book!"
    What did you love best about A Land Remembered?

    THis is truly a captivating book that takes you on a memorable journey! Definitely a classic that can be read or listened to every few years!


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Great performance by Narrator.


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    Candy Dawson 03-11-13
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    "Engrossing and Emotional"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Land Remembered to be better than the print version?

    The audio version gives added depth and emotion to the story. The narrator did an outstanding job of diversifying the voices and conveying the intensity throughout.


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

    The reunion of Zech and Tawanda where he meets his son, Toby.


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

    Tobias


    If you could take any character from A Land Remembered out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Emma because she was such a supportive, giving person whose own inner emotions I'd like to explore.


    Any additional comments?

    As a native Floridian I couldn't believe I had missed this book. My husband and I listened as we drove around the state. We had an appointment in West Palm but got off the Turnpike and went along the northern rim and the eastern edge of Lake Okeechobee just as we were hearing about Sol turning that land into farmland. We had smelled the orange blossoms all through central Florida and found ourselves transported back in time. Then the spell was broken by the massive developments as we drove into Wellington. Progress or pollution? A sense of pride in my cracker forebears and an abiding pensiveness have stayed with me. This was an amazing shared experience for my husband and me and we have been recommending the audio book to everyone we know.

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    LaMar Lakeland, FL, United States 01-14-13
    LaMar Lakeland, FL, United States 01-14-13
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    "The Lonesome Dove of Florida"
    Where does A Land Remembered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a Florida resident, this was a wonderfully enchanting book. For better or worse it will give you a adventuresome new perspective of Florida and its history.


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

    The mosquito hatch and the attacks on the herd.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware of.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Land Remembered and why?

    All the men, but Tobias MacIvey set the tone for the entire family and their desire to be anchored to the land.


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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-08-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "A Great Read in the style of HAWAII"

    I laughed. I cried. I gaped in wonder and awe at a pristine jungle that was Florida and the home of the Seminoles.
    I grew up in the area described. I was thrilled to re-live the adventures of this fictitious family in a real life world.
    Read it. Story telling at its best.

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    Natasha BONIFAY, FLORIDA, United States 09-06-12
    Natasha BONIFAY, FLORIDA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "ALL time favorite!"

    I have read this book years ago, and really enjoyed listening to it with my husband on our long road trips. The narrator was perfect for this book, and made the listen even better. This is a great fictional story about Florida history, with real events and places we all know woven in. Once again, this is an all time favorite...so glad to find it on audible!

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    06-24-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Land Remembered to be better than the print version?

    The best Audible book in a very long time. Worth every credit I had. I would have given it a 10 Star if I could. George Guidall makes it worth while. He is wonderful, the best.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Everything he does is great. He can make a bad book good. BUT this book is wonderful.


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

    Just the story. History, struggles for a new life and to better the next generation, the family pride and the Love of family.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every cent or credit you have.

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    Richard Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-19-12
    Richard Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A Book Remembered"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Land Remembered to be better than the print version?

    One of my favorite books of all time. A well crafted story about the Florida that once existed. Mr. Smith writes a beautiful and inspiring work about the history of Florida. Should be required reading for all Floridians.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the women have very interesting roles and the characters are well-developed and memorable.


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

    All, an excellent job of bring the characters to life.


    If you could take any character from A Land Remembered out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tobias, he is a kindred spirit.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book about a time forgotten but a land remembered.

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