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Cold Sassy Tree | [Olive Ann Burns]

Cold Sassy Tree

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee!
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Publisher's Summary

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, 14-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures begin and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town comes to life.

Olive Ann Burns's classic best seller brings to vivid life an era that will never exist again, exploring timeless issues of love, death, coming-of-age, and the ties that bind families and generations.

©1984 Olive Ann Burn; (P)1993 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Rich in characterization and dialogue, this novel is well-suited to the audio format; Tom Parker superbly conveys this great wealth." (AudioFile)

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    D vista, CA, USA 09-01-06
    D vista, CA, USA 09-01-06
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    "EXCELLENT"

    I enjoyed every minute of the story and the narrative made it even more enjoyable. I highly recommend "Cold Sassy Tree".

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Durham, NC, United States 06-02-10
    Barbara Durham, NC, United States 06-02-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good example of Southern fiction"

    Very interesting example of Southern life in the early part of the 20th century. Seen through the eyes of a young teenager, the story captures the slow charm of the small town life as it hints at the ugly side of the racial relations and lack of women's rights.

    The narration is fine, but there's a small technical glitch: every hour or so, two or three lines are simply repeated. Weird.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 01-24-12
    MissSusie66 01-24-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful Story Great Narration"

    I really enjoyed this book! It was told by Will Tweedy remembering his 14 year old self and all that went on during that time including his granny death and his granddaddy remarrying very soon after, which started the biddies to talking, because Miss Love is much younger than granddaddy. But there was more to this relationship than anyone in Cold Sassy would ever know, that is except Will he is closest to his granddaddy and sees this relationship different than anyone else.

    This is a very southern novel and the writing plops you right down into the summer of 1906 when the first automobiles are making their appearance. I love Will’s granddaddy he is quite a character. This book will make you laugh and make you cry, it is a coming of age story but so much more because it is not just a story of Will’s family but about the whole town of Cold Sassy.

    I highly recommend listening to this book on audio Tom Parker’s narration is wonderful he really brought this book to life for me!

    I know I’m not doing this justice I did really love it and recommend this to all southern fiction lovers and if you aren’t a fan of southern fiction give this one a try it just might convert you!
    4 1/2 Stars

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 05-23-10
    Brenda 05-23-10
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    "My absolute favorite"

    This is one of the first audio book I listened to 4 years ago, and it remains my all time favorite. It is narrated by someone who brings the characters and story alive! This is not a big mystery, suspense or romance book, but one that is truly heartwarming - a tale of years gone by. I would be very surprised if this book got an unfavorable review!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roy San Diego, CA, United States 04-04-08
    Roy San Diego, CA, United States 04-04-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Cold Sassy Tree"

    First, let me tell you that I picked this book because I like listening to the narrator, Tom Parker. His other works led me to Cold Sassy Tree.

    Second, I almost gave up after an hour of listening. However, after that the author's wonderful story telling took over.

    Of the 210 books I listened to the only five stars that I gave out went to; The Road, All the Pretty Horses, Les Miserables, and Echo Park.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    S. Dunlap Northeast Oklahoma 06-08-15
    S. Dunlap Northeast Oklahoma 06-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A great listen!!"

    I really enjoyed Cold Sassy Tree! I liked the way Burns wove the themes of religion and judgement throughout the novel. I appreciated Grandpa's theology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Frankston, TX United States 05-11-15
    Amazon Customer Frankston, TX United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful storytelling"

    I loved this book when I read it several years ago, and listening to it with this narrator was an even bigger pleasure. His voice is perfect, and the story came to life. You laugh often, and you might even cry a few times. I was so sad when it was over. Check it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison PINEVILLE, LA, United States 03-05-14
    Alison PINEVILLE, LA, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. In fact, I used a credit to buy and send it to my mom.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being from the south, I could really relate to some of the characters and aspects of small town life portrayed in this novel. Mostly, it was just so funny! There were some moments that made me laugh out loud.


    What about Tom Parker’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator was great. Southern accents were not really overdone. He was great at changing from different characters (male/female etc.).


    If you could rename Cold Sassy Tree, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't - perfect name.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely listen to Cold Sassy Tree again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna PLANO, TX, United States 03-17-12
    Donna PLANO, TX, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2008

    Growing up in England, surrounded by amazing literature, I was devastated when my eyesight made reading difficult. Audible is truly a gift.

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    "Fabulous Story - Great Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend, Cold Sassy Tree, to anyone who just wants to get lost in an entertaining story. One of my favorites!


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Tom Parker brings a sense of authenticity to the story that is enhanced by his accent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    07-16-10
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    "Disappointing"

    I listened to this many years ago by a different narrator and loved it. However, I was very disappointed by this particular narrator. This is a southern story and he races through it. Southerners are not in a hurry, but go at a leisurely pace. His southern accents don't convey the tone of this charming story. So sad.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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