When beautiful, dirt-poor Ruth Yancey rises to become mistress of Sparta, Georgia's finest mansion, she reveals a heart of pure evil.
For three generations, she rules the mansion through cruel manipulation and insinuation, breaking hearts and shattering souls - until one courageous woman decides to match her madness.
©1981 Anne River Siddons; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
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I first listened to this book 10 years ago and was excited to see audibles now caries it. ARSiddons is an amazing author in the same style as Pat Conroy and this is one of her best works. Not only is the Classic Southern Gothic writing style incredible, But it is also read by the only person who does work like this Justice, Mrs.Sally Darling makes the characters and the this wonderfully complex story come to life with her amazing narration.
Barbara Kingslover's "The Poisenwood Bible". Both seem to be the most important book of their career.
I have always enjoyed Anne River Siddons books, Fox's Earth did not disappoint. I first thought I would not like the narration however I was wrong, Sally Darling did a terrific job building the drama and the Southern drawl in her redition of this novel. Thank you Audible and Thank you Anne River Siddons.
An excellent story! Enough drama to be interesting, enough romance (but not sappy), good character development. Cannot say enough good things about the author, and the narrator was superb! I have read most of Siddons books and enjoyed them immensely. Having this one read to me was outstanding! I always feel guilty when I get involved in reading a book that I can't put down. Having them on a Audible relieves that guilt, and makes boring, jobs and driving exciting. Thank you Audible, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Sally Darling!
Do not read this before listening to the book.
An anti-heroine dominates the story. Her misdeeds and outright cruelty dominate the 19 hours of the narrative. Almost any character that was likeable was destroyed, or needlessly suffered in her wake.
The view of Southern life, and the 75 years that the novel spanned were interesting but I personally prefer a character that I cheer for, not one where I am hoping at each turn for her demise.
The narration was excellent.
It was worth listening to this book, but I will never count it among my favorites.
This book is long, but definitely keeps your attention. The narration was good and kept you involved. I enjoyed listening!
Ruth Yancy Fox represents those people in one's life who try to steer your path in the direction that they think is best. Of course, her actions, for the most part, are larger than life, but certainly ring true. I wish more of Ms. Siddons books had been recorded unabridged. Her stories set in the South are perfect. Don't understand why this has not been corrected.
Nasty character just gets nastier, despite your hopes things will improve...a little conclusion, but just dreary...lots of time to invest in drear.
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