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Dawn on a Distant Shore | [Sara Donati]

Dawn on a Distant Shore

Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy.
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Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy.

In a desperate bid to save her husband, Elizabeth bundles her infants and sets out through the snowy wilderness and across treacherous waterways on the dangerous trek to Canada. But she soon discovers that freeing her husband will take every ounce of her courage and inventiveness - and will threaten her with the loss of what she loves most: her children.

Torn apart, the Bonners must embark on yet another perilous voyage, this time all the way across the ocean to the heart of Scotland, where a destiny they could never have imagined awaits them....

©2009 Sara Donati; (P)2009 Random House

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    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 04-06-10
    Wendy Anchorage, AK, United States 04-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A real Treat"

    I am not usually willing to use 2 credits but this series is an exception. I loved these stories. What a story teller is Sara Donati. And Kate Reading is wonderful to listen to. She does all the voices well; male, female and even the Irish is a treat to hear when she reads it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jerry Kansas 03-12-11
    jerry Kansas 03-12-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "The Second Tale of the Bonners"

    This is the second novel in the series of six "wilderness" novels written by the author. In order, for your reference: Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire Along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest.

    These novels should be read in order although each is self-contained. They do, however, refer to previous novels and its most helpful to read them in order. I strongly suggest you read them in order as that will definitely enhance your interest. It's also easier to keep track of the many characters in each novel if this is done.

    All of these novels are quite lengthy, hence the cost of two credits. They're worth it. All contain highly original and fascinating stories about the Bonner family, set in rural New York during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Set on the edge of the wilderness they represent a fascinating story of the history of that period although I wouldn't limit their impact by merely thinking of them as historical novels. They should be considered literature of the highest kind.

    I read all of the stories in hard copy form then purchased each of the six in unabridged form from audible.com. Long gone junkies of this series will read and listen to them again and again. I had some trouble with my iPod in listening to them and was careful to manually start or restart each of the three parts of this and the other novels at Chapter 1 of each Part. If you don't do this the audible.com recording will sometimes drop the first paragraph or two when each new part is played. This is not true simply of this series. Be careful when listening to all novels that have two or more parts. This novel has three parts of approximately 8 hours each.

    I've listened to more than 200 audible.com books, primarily classic literature as that's my background. This series represents one of the best I've found in a lifetime of reading. Highly recommended. Definitely five stars.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    laurie eller the South 03-29-11
    laurie eller the South 03-29-11 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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    "Enjoyed but not loved."

    I enjoyed this book but it seemed to drag on and on, and it bothered me that some of the things that happened to these two just seemed ridiculous. Why can't they seem to stay out of trouble? lol However, I suppose if they did then we wouldn't have a book, would we? I'm not sure I'll listen to the remainder of the series because what more could happen to them?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 06-08-13
    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about Dawn on a Distant Shore? What did you like least?

    The Plot was great


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sara Donati? Why or why not?

    yes


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    the narration was great


    Could you see Dawn on a Distant Shore being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    took me a while to get into this series but could not put it down after i started

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mamaD 01-29-10
    mamaD 01-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "good book ..good series.. but 2 credits?"

    good book but I don't know if it is twice as good as any other bood for the 2 credits. 1 credit then I'd say definently read this series, but I'd have to think about it for 2 cedits.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Massachusetts 04-17-14
    Jeanne Massachusetts 04-17-14 Member Since 2010

    Love to listen on my commute

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    Would you listen to Dawn on a Distant Shore again? Why?

    Probably not, the story is not that complex. The story is forced in some areas.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 04-16-14
    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    Unbelievable great book. I can't say enough about the narrator of this series. She has more voices then you can imagine. She brings living color to all the characters. This book has taken me from New York to Canada to Scotland and back. I can't wait to see what's next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie Key colorado 04-08-14
    Jeannie Key colorado 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

    jeannie

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    "Needs a different narrator"
    What would have made Dawn on a Distant Shore better?

    Used a different narrator and not made the main character sound so uneducated b


    Would you recommend Dawn on a Distant Shore to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It isn't a very interesting story line.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    Davina Porter


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dawn on a Distant Shore?

    The journey to canada.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duane M. Schroeder Indiana 09-16-13
    Duane M. Schroeder Indiana 09-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nothing Like Book 1"
    Any additional comments?

    Once the ship disappeared (I don't want to spoil the plot by more details) I had to quit the book. It was exhausting following one unbelievable twist after another. Nothing like the Wilderness of the first book in the series, and impossible to keep up with all the royalty, soldiers, French vs. English etc.

    On a petty note, I wonder if anyone besides me was annoyed by the constant references to "he/she raised one eyebrow." After endless such comments in Book 1, I started counting them in this book. There were 13 through Chapter 14, when I quit listening. I don't know anyone who can raise one brow, though I'm sure some can. But really...

    I would have rated the performance higher if I could have understood what was being said when the narrator uses her Scottish accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 07-24-13
    J Riverton, WV, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Series"

    This was another great listen. The first & second books came together perfectly and I enjoyed the second as much as I did the first. I can't wait to hear the next book.

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