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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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    RueRue 04-08-15
    RueRue 04-08-15

    RueRue

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    "Life in Sassy Tree, GA, circa 1906"

    Charming story of the fictional town of Saasy Tree, GA. There are great characters, humor, tragedy, romance, and faith. Well narrated by Grover Gardner (NOT the listed narrator). A good choice for fans of Southern stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. L. Neill 04-01-15
    J. L. Neill 04-01-15

    FLORAL GAL

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    "surprised"
    Would you listen to Cold Sassy Tree again? Why?

    yes, great read


    What did you like best about this story?

    surprises all though the book


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    brings out the characters personality


    If you could take any character from Cold Sassy Tree out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    so true dont judge a book by its cover

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gallila Marietta, GA United States 02-14-15
    Gallila Marietta, GA United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Most enjoyable...odd technical glitches"

    I probably would listen to it again in a few years. This version has several places where a sentence is repeated. That, and the galloping speed of the early chapters (which did not sound a bit like Georgia to this Georgia resident) put me off at first. Either he slowed down or my ears sped up, though, because I quite noticing about 2 hours in. The narrator's characters are excellent. Though the repeats continue to be annoying I love this story, and I've very much enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 11-08-13
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "EXCELLENT STORY"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Sassy Tree the most enjoyable?

    THE READER. HE DID A WONDERFUL JOB!


    What other book might you compare Cold Sassy Tree to and why?

    MABYE SOME OF STEINBECK'S BOOKS. BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS WERE SO ALIVE. SUCH AS SWEET THURSDAY.


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HE BROUGHT REAL LIFE TO THE CHARACTERS. ESPECALLY GRANDPA.


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

    SEVERAL. THE TIME WHEN GRANNY WAS ILL AND DIED AND THE PREPARATION FOR THE FUNERAL. AND ANOTHER (SPOILER) I WON'T SAY. BUT NEAR THE END OF THE BOOK.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS WAS MY SIG. OTHER'S FAVE BOOK SO FAR.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 06-12-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Good parts"

    I enjoyed this book but it fell a little flat, it had some good parts but I was expecting more because of the outstanding reviews. The story is told out of the eyes of a young boy from a privileged family. All of the characters lead back to his Grandfather and his fortune. Just a little trite for me. I think I was ruined by the absolutely wonderful bestseller, "The Saving of CeeCee Honeycutt",  another book set in the South. 

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    E. Heard 05-03-12
    E. Heard 05-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Mom of Twins

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    "Great Performance + Quality Writing = Fantastic"
    If you could sum up Cold Sassy Tree in three words, what would they be?

    absorbing, engrossing, immersing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing is rich.


    What about Tom Parker’s performance did you like?

    Tom Parker's performance was very believable and his voice was very nice to listen to. He sounds like a story-teller should. He made me feel like I was on the porch, listening to a great story.


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

    There are parts of this book that make you laugh and parts that make you cry and parts where you can't quit until you find out what happens next.


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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy King Mexico - United States 12-19-11
    Judy King Mexico - United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2013

    Writer-book addict with 20 years in central Mexico. Love Kindle Love Audible books Esp by and read by C. Pinkola Estes & Luis Urrea-WOW

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    "Disappointment after a fine presentation"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well it would have been GREAT, if the ending had been included in the version I bought. I'm not sure how much I lost -- but at least the last half hour or so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The look into the multigenerations of a southern family -- and their attitude toward the


    What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His warm voice makes the colloquial phrases and dry wit to life. Like books by Garrison Keillor, this just wouldn't have been the same reading it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure wish I'd heard the end of both the first and second parts...both stopped short and mid-chapter and mid-sentence.

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    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 07-13-13
    Chrissie Brussels, Belgium 07-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Feel-Good Story"

    Do you enjoy a sweet story? Are you a religious person with deep faith? Do you enjoy books set in the South at the turn of the century? Then this book is probably a good choice for you.

    My own response to the two first questions is not affirmative, and that is why I cannot give it more than two stars. No, it is not a bad book. It is fine, it’s OK………if a bit boring. Although it gives a pretty good depiction of small town life in Georgia, it says nothing about racial inequities which of course still remained after the Civil War. The whites certainly don’t see their black servants as their equals but they are not cruel. White Trash on the other hand are looked down upon, and many of the new inventions of that era are interwoven into the plot – cars, telephones, house plumbing and electricity. But it is all so cute.

    This is not only a coming-of-age story, but also a story of how it is to grow old. How do you deal with that? Will is the central character. He tells the story about is grandfather and what he did when his grandmother died. Yup, he got married again, three weeks after her death! Now this is darn-right scandalous! What will people think?! But the question is why, and you learn the real answer to that throughout the rest of the book. Is Will the main character? Or is it his grandfather?Are the grandfather’s actions and the way he chose to live his life and his behavior towards all those around him that is the central focus of this book? I know what I think. I also know that it drove me crazy that everyone was most concerned with what other folks would say.

    But you know what is right and what is wrong, and we all do when it comes down to the basics, so the book’s message is rather simple. Maybe you like uncomplicated feel-good stories. There are hypocrites galore in this book. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but I will add that there is at least one that isn’t a hypocrite.

    There must be some suspense in a book, right? Well, a few bombs are thrown in, but are they adequately explored? Or are they just thrown in for the effect?

    OK, I have something really good to say about the book….. Well, at least the audiobook narrated by Tom Parker. The narration is excellent. You know immediately who is talking simply by the tone. Will never sounds like his grandfather. The women are prefect too. And Loomis, the black servant, he speaks just as he should. It is not hard at all to understand the Southern dialect.

    Just one more thing…. I have read reviews that compare this book to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”. One should never compare one book to another. No two books are ever the same in content or how they are written. Stupid me; I was thinking perhaps I would get another of Lee’s, and that hope made me so mad when it wasn’t fulfilled. I should have known better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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