In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion. And don't miss another heart-soaring best seller from Catherine Marshall: Julie.
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"First released in 1967, Christy is based on the life of author Catherine Marshall's mother and was the inspiration for the recent television series of the same name. Beautifully told, this is a charming, timeless tale of love and faith that will appeal to romance readers of all ages." (Amazon.com review)
This is a wonderful story - based on Catherine Marshall's mothers life - you feel you are there in those mountains living life alongside Christy. I read the book many years ago and this audio of the story was excellent. Highly recommend it.
If you loved the TV series, you'll love the novel. Although the ending is very disappointing, which is the only reason I didn't give this five stars, the audiobook begins with a interview with the author's son that explains how the story is based on the true story of his grandmother. He also explains that the ending of the novel is not exactly based on the true story, but was changed to surprise the reader on purpose. Knowing that made it better. If the author had stuck to the her mother's true story, it would have made for a happier ending. Other than that, the story of Christy and her Mountain People is charming and entertaining. That fact that Kelly Martain reads it, who played Christy on the hit TV show, only makes it that much better. She get's the accents of the characters down so well, you feel like you are taken to the Mountains of Tennessee. Kelly's voice telling this story, really pulls at your heartstrings. It was worth the download!
I have read this book about 4 times since I was a teenager. Now I'm in my fifties and I love it just as much as the first time I read it. Listening to the story is even better. You feel as if you are really there with Christy as she lived that time in her life. It is a very compassionate and loving story revealing the way of life in the appalachian mountains in the early 1900's. It is a very enjoyable and spiritual Christian story that takes you through many emotions as felt by Christy and the other individuals she meets in the story.
I love Christy for her youthfulness, excitement, vision, eagerness, vitality, innocence, and bravery.
Kellie Martin's narration of this book is terrific! I remember her when she played Christy on television and she played the role very believably. Her voice was very clear and it was very easy to follow the story and to distinguish the difference in each character. She was able to create the emotions felt by each character.
When you read this book you experience various emotions, including: love, hate, disgust, admiration, compassion, etc. It is very difficult to put the book down and I was sad to have the story end. I wanted to go on and on finding out what else was happening to and around Christy.
I recommend this book to everyone! A one time read is not enough. It's an enjoyable story for teenagers through older adults.
Since I remember the tv show, I really enjoy the fact that Kelly Martin narrates. That's the reason I bought this one.The only negative about Martin's performance, and the reason I gave it three stars, is that she doesn't differentiate between characters well. There's little change in her voice at all. But overall, it's still a good performance, and I think you can tell Martin enjoyed what she was reading.
Christy would be a great addition to any teacher, education student, or professor's summer reading list. It will iinspire you.
I loved the characters. The narrator was perfect for the story. I laughed, had tears, it was great!
Her betrayal of all the characters was second to none! OUTSTANDING!
I enjoyed most all moments of the book.I loved how she interacted with the children, how she eventually fit in with the women and learned the mountain folk ways.
I have loved this book for years and have read it several times. Listeners are treated to an interview with the author's son which includes interesting facts about the real-life folks upon whose story the book is based before the book's narration even begins.
I grew up in East Tennessee myself and regret that the narrator's dialect coach was unfamiliar with the the pronunciation and inflections of the natives' speech. However, no one except an East Tennessee person would notice those things, and this book is definitely recommended to give you hours of listening pleasure.
This was a compelling and inspirational book. The author was convincing in making one believe that there are individuals that are courageous and determined enough to follow through with their convictions.
The book is really 4.5 stars. It's an excellent story, although there are a few loose ends. I first read it when I was 12 or 13, and I still enjoy the story.
The narration, however, was very distracting to me. I'd rate it at about 2.5 to 3 stars. I like Kellie Martin, and when she's just narrating it's mostly fine. But, all her characters sound the same. The only difference was if they were from "the cove" or not. It was frustrating, especially during dialogue scenes. It was hard to keep track of who was speaking, and there were several times when I had it wrong. All in all, I'd prefer to read it than listen to her narration.
One bonus of the audio, though, is an interview with the author's son. It was very interesting and answered one of the complaints I had about the ending. However, if you don't know the story, wait to listen to the interview until after you've finished the book as it gives the ending away. For some reason, the interview is at the beginning. It would have been better if they'd put it at the end.
Overall, it's a good story for young and old alike.
Easier to listen to dialect than to read it.
Gone with the wind - historical fiction
Didn't really like the son interview at the beginning. Should have been at the end.
This audiobook has a lot to offer. As literature, 'Christy' well-deserved the popularity that it won at the time of original publication -- it was a best-seller. The narration of this audio production was certainly well-done, with an actress who had spent several years portraying the story's main character on television. And this production contained a welcome surprise: an interview with the son of Author Catherine Marshall (and grandson of the "real" Christy). The interview shed light on how much of the book is actually based on real events.
'Christy' tells the story of a young woman who wants to "do something with her life". It chronicles the growing that comes as a matter of course as young idealists learn the resilience required to become effective makers of change in society.
'Christy' also makes a mature and nuanced exploration of the Christian "conversion" process. Can a perfectly good God really exist when he allows so much death, suffering, neglect and violence? How can I possibly love people who are willfully ignorant, cruel, and selfish? Where is God? And why, when we're trying to serve him, must we suffer?
'Christy' is a long book, but certainly enjoyable throughout. It has a strong, unique story, extreme characters, and far-reaching questions. I found it to be a challenging and ultimately uplifting novel that has aged very well.
"Christy (unabridged) by Catherine Marshall"
This book was very well written and well read. I enjoyed it but most of the story was based on Religion
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