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
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.
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
Snow Child started off slowly for me. I almost didn't give it a chance. Fortunately I stuck with it and I loved it! I'm not one to give away plot lines. This is a magical, fairy tale of a book. It is an adult fairy tale. It will take you away while you wash dishes and fold laundry. The visuals are beautifully written, the characters are all believable, and the reader wants to stay. Enjoy!
This book was slow and I struggled to finish the book. It just did not keep my attention.
This could have been such a good book because the story was so good. But there were just too many leaps of faith needed (similar to those one had to make in Room). The story was basically Little House on the Alaskan Tundra intertwined with the side story of a girl that raised her self alone in the woods despite the wild animals, lack of food and treacherous weather. But let's say she does... how does she learn all she knows? Where did she get her "homemaker" tools and skills used with the wedding dress?
The dialogue between characters is stiff and weak and isn't used to move the story along or explain things as it could have. The overall writing is so inconsistent. Some of the writing is very good and some of it is like a high school kid. The narrator didn't have much to work with but made it worse with her reading style (rather than acting) and flat tone.
But despite all of the problems the book had, the story was a very good one. Predictable in many parts but still very good and the reason I stuck it out to the end. Wish a the author and narrator had done a better job with so much potential.
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