When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides listeners through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the listener to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world. Echoing Berry's own strongly held beliefs, Nathan tells us that his grandfather's life "couldn't be divided from the days he'd spent at work in his fields".
Berry has long been compared to Faulkner for his ability to erect entire communities in his fiction, and his heart and soul have always lived in Port William, Kentucky. In this eloquent novel about duty, community, and a sweeping love of the land, Berry gives listeners a classic book that takes them to that storied place.
©2009 Wendell Berry; (P)2009 christianaudio.com
"The Coulter family, like the rest of the people who dwell in this tiny farming community...are caught on the wheel of nature, which is at once blindingly beautiful and unwittingly cruel....The narrative is stunning, the natural scene is beautifully evoked." (Los Angeles Times)
Wendell Berry has been on my reading "to do" list for a long time and Nathan Coulter was my first opportunity. It was everything I had hoped for: honest, real, deep character development; fantastic imagery; and a solid story. I enjoy mysteries, adventures and other story-driven books that I can't put down. But, I like to have audiobooks available on my ipod to make good use of driving time and so I want something that I can "put down" until my next long drive. Nathan Coulter filled that perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed listening, but could stop and start as time allowed. The narrator has a pleasant, deep voice that fit the book well.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
Listened to the first hour or so. Just not for me. Found the story to be trite.
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