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Rainwater Audiobook
Rainwater
Written by: 
Sandra Brown
Narrated by: 
Victor Slezak
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Rainwater Audiobook

Rainwater

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her 10-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

When David Rainwater arrives at the house looking for lodging, he comes recommended by a trusted friend as "a man of impeccable character". But Ella senses that admitting Mr. Rainwater will bring about unsettling changes.

However, times are hard, and in order to make ends meet, Ella's house must remain 100 percent occupied. So Mr. Rainwater moves into her house...and impacts her life in ways Ella could never have foreseen.

The changes are echoed by the turbulence beyond the house walls. Friends and neighbors who've thus far maintained a tenuous grip on their meager livelihoods now face foreclosure and financial ruin. In an effort to save their families from homelessness and hunger, farmers and cattlemen are forced to make choices that come with heartrending consequences.

The climate of desperation creates a fertile atmosphere for racial tensions and social unrest. Conrad Ellis -- privileged and spoiled and Ella's nemesis since childhood -- steps into this arena of teeming hostility to exact his vengeance and demonstrate the extent of his blind hatred and unlimited cruelty. He and his gang of hoodlums come to embody the rule of law, and no one in Gilead, Texas, is safe. Particularly Ella and Solly.

In this hotbed of uncertainty, Ella finds Mr. Rainwater a calming presence. She is moved by the kindness he shows other boarders, Solly...and Ella herself. Slowly, she begins to rely on his soft-spokenness, his restraint, and the steely resolve of his convictions.

©2009 Simon & Schuster; (P)2009 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd.

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    Julie B atlanta, ga 07-30-15
    Julie B atlanta, ga 07-30-15 Member Since 2014

    blondie

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    "One of those books that stays with you - in a good"
    Would you listen to Rainwater again? Why?

    Yes but it wouldn't be the same. The reason is there are several surprises at the end and already knowing that would in some ways spoil the story. What makes it rare is that you really have no idea how it is going to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was different that others I've read or listened to. I have to say my favorite part is the ending - I read a lot of mysteries and I thought I had it figured out - I had part of it figured out but the ending was so powerful I just loved it!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "spoiler alert" I have to say my favorite part was when they finally got together. It is so different than the hook ups of today. It was more intense because of the modesty of that time period.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!! It is not that long and I found it hard to wait until I got back in my car so that I could continue the story. That's the only time I can listen to audio books


    Any additional comments?

    I found some of the descriptive parts too lengthy but it may be because I"m not used to fiction audiobooks. I typically listen to non-fiction. Either way the story is awesome and I highly recommend it.

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    Karen 06-03-15
    Karen 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read."
    Who was the most memorable character of Rainwater and why?

    Mr. Rainwater was a true gentleman.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the ending. I didn't see it coming.

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    Ingela Sweden 04-19-15
    Ingela Sweden 04-19-15 Member Since 2014

    Audiobook addict by now. ~ I love romances: historicals, suspense and stories about men who loves men (M/M).

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    "A beautiful novel"

    Maybe not Ms Brown's usual style but a very good touching story. Well narrated by an, as always, excellent Mr Slezak as well. You may fell a tear or two but it's worth it. — Highly recommended!

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    glynn Southern California 08-04-14
    glynn Southern California 08-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sandra Brown at her best"
    Any additional comments?

    This is what a love story is all about. Two people caring for each other’s welfare. The book is superbly crafted and a true page turner. From page one until the end there is a thread weaving its way through the story until the final page. The reader is compelled to find out what will happen next. I truly enjoyed this story. It is a heart warmer.

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    Breeze Florida, USA 04-18-14
    Breeze Florida, USA 04-18-14 Member Since 2013

    Love mysteries with a lot of twist and turns. Page turners. Love books that invite me in to stay awhile and make me sad when it ends. It can be the voice that brings the story to life or the story that breaths life into the voice. I am happy either way!!

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    "Blooms like a flower in the spring - Loved this!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rainwater to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely ! I was held captive by Victor Slezak's performance and might I add a little in love. You just can't get that kind of tenderness and strength from the printed page.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Rainwater - hands down!! He was just a good man who always tried to do the right thing. Slow and easy - every time he spoke I thought of honey and how smooth it glides along its path.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Slezak – was your favorite?

    Mr. Rainwater. Looking for other Victor Slezak performances.


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

    Extreme? No but I became so immersed in the story until I lost all track of time. Was very sorry to see it end. Listened twice!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for good solid story, told with grace and tenderness then this is it. You will not be disappointed.

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    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-09-13
    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "life during the depression"
    What did you love best about Rainwater?

    I loved the fact that it told you a different aspect of life during the depression, how life continued with it's own personal problems,problems that had nothing to do with the depression.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intertwining love story in the back ground and what resulted because of it. The intense love for a child lost in his own mind with a yet unnamed syndrome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ella helping Mr. Rainwater who was covered in blood from butchering the cows that would help feed the starving people of shanty town.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was well written and kept my interest through out. It was difficult hearing about the corruption and abuse that was dealt to the poor white folks but even more to the poor black folks at that time. I didn't see the ending coming but was pleased that it ended the way it did.

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    Viola United States 08-07-12
    Viola United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "good story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, good story & keeps your interest


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

    No made me cry at times


    Any additional comments?

    Had to go back to the start after the end of the book

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    Robin 03-16-12
    Robin 03-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A good story"

    Rainwater is not the best book I have ever read but it was a very good story. I was pleased with the originality of the story. It pushed me to purchase another Sandra Brown novel which turned out to be way more predictable.

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    Gail Las Cruces, NM, United States 03-02-12
    Gail Las Cruces, NM, United States 03-02-12
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    "My First Sandra Brown Novel was Wonderful"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sometimes I just want a book that lets me root for the good guys and hate the bad guys, and this book delivers beautifully. The author took time to develop her characters to the point where I could imagine how they looked and felt, but she did not lose the flow of the story by going into too much detail. I also loved how she began and ended the book. I'm going to look at other books by this author. As for the narrator, I love it when I forget that the book is being read to me and instead lose myself in the characters and the story. This narrator definitely succeeded at this!

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    Patricia La Quinta, CA, United States 01-30-12
    Patricia La Quinta, CA, United States 01-30-12
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    "A lovely story"
    If you could sum up Rainwater in three words, what would they be?

    A sad and at the same time, uplifting story. It identifies the many hardships of living in the '30s and the kindness as well as meanness of people in a small town.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rainwater?

    The ending - brought tears to my eyes.


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

    Victor Slezak is a wonderful narrator. I have listened to other stories he's narrated and they are always wonderful. I can picture the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know, but it would make a wonderful film. I would go to see it the day it came out.


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