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The Orchardist | [Amanda Coplin]

The Orchardist

At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.
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Publisher's Summary

At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.

©2012 Amanda Coplin (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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    Betty 12-06-12
    Betty 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very dark and sad."

    I can see the value of the story and appreciate the literary contribution, but I was so happy to finish it and move on to more rewarding reads. I would have liked more orchard and less roaming.

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    Carol 11-28-12
    Carol 11-28-12
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    "Great story, beautifully written and read"
    Where does The Orchardist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is so beautifully written you can almost smell the apples on the trees. The narrator was excellent for Talmadge's voice, you could feel the character's connection to the land and his inner turmoil.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orchardist?

    Talmadge walking through the orchard, he simply takes in the beauty of nature and the joy of growing things.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    Talmadge


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    Carole 11-24-12
    Carole 11-24-12
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    "Character and Place"
    Would you listen to The Orchardist again? Why?

    Don't usually listen to a book more than once, but I might with this one because the story and the voice were so entrancing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the depth of the character exploration. A long journey with a deep, quiet man who values his place and tries so hard to make the world around him more fair. So interesting to be with him as the forces of life find him hidden in his orchard and take him for a ride. Though the story moved slowly, it was only because the reader feels like she's living it with him and that is how life moves, one breath at a time.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will. I loved the richness of his voice and came to the performance to hear him as well as to find out what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I'm sure I'd enjoy reading this book, this is one of those that was pure pleasure to listen to.

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    Keren 10-31-12
    Keren 10-31-12
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    "Tedious Tedious Tedious"
    Would you try another book from Amanda Coplin and/or Mark Bramhall?

    Based on this book I would NOT try another book by Amanda Coplin or narrated by mark Bramhall.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Bramhall?

    Bramhall's narration was part of the problem. It was dry, only one tone without variations, and underscored the boring book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities - I did NOT care about the characters, lost interest in what happened to them, and found the character development not believable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so tedious. I kept trying to stay with it in hopes it would get better, but finaly had to give up before I could finish it. The story is depressing, the people are mostly without redeeming qualities, and there is no hopeful outcome - not that anyting would be perfect, but that something would be different. The charaters were just not believable - very one dimensional.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 09-29-12
    Barbara 09-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "great read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Orchardist the most enjoyable?

    this was a great story and well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orchardist?

    the birth of Angeline


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Angeline coming back home after so many years and how she reflected on her life.


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

    I cried


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney A. Zemke Woodbury, MN USA 09-24-12
    Rodney A. Zemke Woodbury, MN USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2006

    Retired. Have been listening to book since 1977.

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    "Excellent Book"
    If you could sum up The Orchardist in three words, what would they be?

    a great read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orchardist?

    description of the apple-growing area of Washington in the early 20th Century


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

    the drama of the writing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    can't say without it being a spoiler


    Any additional comments?

    Well written with a very interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Cottage Grove, OR, USA 09-17-12
    Norman Cottage Grove, OR, USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Orchardist to be better than the print version?

    Not sure~haven't read the print


    What other book might you compare The Orchardist to and why?

    It was similar in many ways to The Orchard~family history, apples, multiple generations, great characters


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    Talmadge


    If you could take any character from The Orchardist out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Angelica~I'd love to know what she thinks and feels and where she wants to be in life 10, 20 years from now.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the historical elements of this book and thought the reader was very good. His voice really captured the story and added to it.

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    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 10-05-12
    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2009

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

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    "Excellent book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an excellent story. It definitely wasn't a shoot em up or action book. However, if you're looking for an interesting story about a fractured family, this is your book. It's beautifully written, and skillfully read. I loved it. I've read some of the reviews who felt the book needed editing. I totally disagree. It was a lazy tale with beautiful descriptions, and I felt like I knew and sympathized with each character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orchardist?

    When one of the major character's died.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader did an absolutely amazing job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jmva Sandpoint, ID, United States 09-26-12
    Jmva Sandpoint, ID, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Captivated Me Instantly"

    I loved this book from the onset! The plot and the narrator are just fantastic. I highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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