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A Virtuous Woman | [Kaye Gibbons]

A Virtuous Woman

When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was a carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.
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Publisher's Summary

When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was a carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. he had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

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©1997 Kaye Gibbons, All Rights Reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • An Oprah Book Club selection.

"Kaye Gibbons shows us the secret core of love that easily outlasts death. It's invisible mastery - but mastery all the same." (Reynolds Price)

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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 06-01-03
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 06-01-03 Member Since 2010

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    "Simply Delightful"

    A simple little novel about ordinary people...and yet I liked them immediately and cared about what happened to them. It's hard to believe that the narrators, (the author and a man), were not actually these people. The man, especially, was so real, and someone you would love to meet. I'm glad I stumbled upon this one!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patty 09-27-11
    Patty 09-27-11 Member Since 2011

    I joined Audible to start reading great fiction novels, to learn more about famous writers, and improve my fading powers of concentration. For twenty years I read non-fiction exclusively. Now that I am listening to fiction, a whole new world of literature has captivated me. I have listened to four times more novels in my first year of membership than in my previous four years. Audible is the best gift I have ever given myself.

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    "A real wife is really missed"

    A warm, real look at a good wife and her marriage at the end of her life. Her thoughts and those of her husband's, throughout the time of her illness, and past the end of her life, are quietly shared and deeply felt. Simple people, sharing simply the truth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Toronto, ON, Canada 07-30-12
    Sarah Toronto, ON, Canada 07-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect Audiobook"

    Really well suited to audiobook, the story is narrated in the personal voices of the two characters which makes it a really enjoyable listen.

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    Janice Cleveland, OH, United States 03-02-11
    Janice Cleveland, OH, United States 03-02-11
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    "sad love story"

    I like that the narration went from female to male voice, made it easier to follow. Not a great story line for adventure, but surely one for love and devotion.

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    Joan Martinez, CA, USA 06-27-06
    Joan Martinez, CA, USA 06-27-06
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    "worse I have heard"

    I love Kaye Gibbons work but, in my opinion, this was her worse. And the narrator was even worse than worse, terrible monotone voice I couldn't stand to listen to. i wish I had read the reviews first. Save your time and money don't bother.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fran Silt, CO, United States 06-11-04
    Fran Silt, CO, United States 06-11-04 Member Since 2001
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    "A Virtuous Woman"

    Highly enjoyable.I was able to identify with the main character's feelings and enjoyed this book immensly

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    NORMA BUTLER, PA, United States 12-05-11
    NORMA BUTLER, PA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like best about A Virtuous Woman? What did you like least?

    I REALLY LIKED THE CHARACTERS IN THIS BOOK FELT LIKE LOOKING AT AN OLD FAMILY ALBUM, BUT OFTEN FOUND MYSELF THINKING OF SOMETHING ELSE AND NOT LISTENING


    Would you recommend A Virtuous Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

    YES IF THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A SLOW EASY READ


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NONE COMES TO MIND


    Do you think A Virtuous Woman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO


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    Camila Stanford, CA, USA 12-01-04
    Camila Stanford, CA, USA 12-01-04
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    "Very disapointing"

    I found the characters very dull and the story colorless, and to top things off, the actors reading the book had the most monotone voices I've ever hear on an audio book. Save your money for a better book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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