Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.
©2012 Eowyn Ivey (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
I was scratching my head at the end wondering why it ended the way it did but it was very entertaining.
Ivey spins a wonderful story with illustrations of the wilderness that take you with the characters. You feel their lone,liness, love, friendships and dispair. Throughout the story you continue to question, "Is the child real? Will she return?"
Ivey's multiple descriptions of the wilderness and journeys in the snow.
I loved the book, it was well written and difficult to put down. Monk did a great job of narration. I highly recommend it and will be looking for more books from thid author
The sre-telling of a Russian fairy tale is (deceptively) simple and enchanting. The harsh setting in Alaska contrasts so beautifully with the magic of the little snow child coming to life, and the relationship of the old man and old woman is so earnest and sad. It's completely captivating! I cried with wonder. Recommended for fans of fairytales, Alaska tales, magical realism, or relationships.
I tried to listen to it in all one sitting. I hated to stop it for anything. It was fascinating. I spent the entire book trying to figure out how reality and fairy tale would intersect. The characters were so real and vivid, as was the setting. I was completely swept up. I even felt cold when the frigid setting was described. This is a fabulous book!
I would totally listen to The Snow Child again. I loved the story - it was delightful.
I loved Mabel, who she started as and who she ended as. Strong growth.
This book made me smile, not a laugh or a cry, but it made me warm and happy.
This book took a bit to pull me in, but by the end I was sorry it was finished. It is a carefully constructed book. The writing is good, especially the description of the places. The less important characters occasionally wander into "stock" territory, but the inner lives of the main characters ring very true. I ended up caring very much what happened to these people. I am not sure I would listen to again since knowing the end might ruin some of the enjoyment, but I wouldn't rule that out. It is a story that slowly creeps under your skin.
The descriptions of the Alaskan land, so wild and cold, so beautiful and ferile... the narrator, once one got used to her cadence, did a very good job
As stated above, the descriptions of the land and the people were well-drawn, with the exception of Mabel's sister, Ada - I found that I didn't get to know her well. The lines betwen hope and fantasy, reality and a dream, were well-rendered
I loved her performance of the Esther character in particular, and her portrayal of Faina was breathtaking. At times she did not inject a lot of emotion into her voice, and I haven't decided if that adds to or takes away from the listening experience.
This book was a joy to read, with the possible exception of the ending. Worth the credit, for sure
I listened while engaged in a project so it was fine. Too dull for just listening.
Predictable from the first introduction of the protagonist.
The wedding scene.
Movie. Written with screen play in mind, no doubt.
This book was so boring because the character development remained on the level of fairy tale dwellers. It is one thing to write a novel as a fable derivative , quite another to make it as undeveloped as one. It just went for emotional pull, but not from the depth of the story itself, rather from the expectation of stereotyped responses from the reader.
If you're hot on the trail of wanting a great book that goes nowhere and meanders into the inevitable and overwhelming desire to slam your face into your desk repeatedly this is the book for you.
A torturous 10 hour romp into what can only be hailed as your next nap.
By the time all of this nothingness unfolds you'll be delighted that it ends.
Not well, not with a bang, nor a whimper.
First return, here I come.
Loved this book from the fist word to the last, I give this book 10 Stars because It is one of my top ten favorites of any book I have listened to
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