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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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    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

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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.


    0 of 0 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.


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    Judy King Laredo, Texas, United States 12-19-11
    Judy King Laredo, Texas, 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 2014
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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.

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    Clyde Delmar, NY, USA 04-27-05
    Clyde Delmar, NY, USA 04-27-05
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    Hey , if you want an annoying few hours listen to this book. If you can get beyond the pathetic accented reader, you will find it loaded with southern stereotypes. Very Shallow

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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