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.
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This was my first audible book and I really enjoyed it. Debra Monk did a fantastic job narrating, her voice fit the story perfectly. The story was very well written and Eowyn Ivey's description of Alaska is amazing. I live in Soldotna, Alaska and every description of the seasons and the landscape really made me appreciate where I live. I thought it was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone.
Esther- she was so light hearted and really warmed the story up.
Esther- Monk did a great job of bringing her personality to life.
I looked forward to listening every morning and I truly did enjoy it.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
We start off with a couple in their 50's, Mabel and Jack, homesteaders in Alaska during the 1920's. The beginning starts off bleak as the dream of homesteading has turned into a cabin fever nightmare. The couple are growing apart instead of bonding. As the story progresses, a snowman made to look like a young blond girl turns into the real thing within days. Is the girl real or a fairy tale similar to Mabel's favorite story growing up?
As the Snow Child, named Faina, comes alive in the story, she brings happiness and anticipation to the lives of Mabel and Jack. From that point on, the story builds where circumstances cause Mabel to become much more involved in the running of the farm -- to the significant improvement in her well being. Some additional characters are introduced that are interesting and keep the story moving well. I absolutely loved Esther, their neighbor.
My only complaint is that the story was just getting better and better, and then the ending became predictable and not as strong as the rest of the story. But I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves unique stories with lots to think about. I loved learning more about homesteading and Alaska.
The narrator did a very good job with the story. I look forward to this author's second book.
The first half of the story was intriguing but it turns into a sappy romance novel for the entire second half which is not what the description implied. It was also poorly edited and the author could have told the same story in half the time/words.
flat narrator's voice was not invested in the magical fairy tale aspects. Good try on the story -- some creative interesting parts, too many boring parts. Ironically it was the "real" parts which did not seem believable to me. Time is not carefully consistent; money is scarce but pies are made with the last of flour -- but then more pies. Really boring if no edge/conflict to these problems.
Either MORE magical evocations -- or less. Like MacBeth she is half way across the commitment to the supernatural, but does not really trust her own construct of a fairy tale.Read Winter's Tale (NOT the movie!) for the lyrical use of fantasy and magic .Or even better 100 Years of Solitude.
boredom -- interspersed with some really intersting parts.
Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
The story and the setting were interesting and kept me coming back daily however it was too far-fetched in the end to be anything other than fantasy. Fantasy is ok but not my favorite genre.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
This story wavered back and forth for me. At times, I was annoyed with the main characters, Jack and Mabel, and at other times I was captivated with the storyline. So, this book was at times a 3 star and at times a 4 star. Even though this book centers around the "snow child", I felt that it was really about the personal growth of Jack and Mabel and in making their relationship and lives come full circle. Jack and Mabel move to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920's and I believe they are in their 50's at the time. Mabel suffered a miscarriage and I feel that this change of scenery is a way to move on with their lives after this immense disappointment of not being able to have children. Of all the characters in the book, Jack and Mabel are the most uninteresting. Mabel bellyaches regularly and doesn't always speak up for herself and Jack doesn't really communicate his feelings and thoughts. I felt like it took a while for Ivey to introduce the snow child, but once she did the story picks up and becomes more entertaining. I especially liked the way Ivey kept me wondering about what was real and what was magic.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I really loved this book. It is what I would call' magical realism.' It was beautifully written and in addition, Debra Monk did a stellar job of narrating it. I felt like I was right there in Alaska with the two families.
While the ending was not as uplifting as I hoped, I think it was the logical way for the author to go and it did not disappoint me at all. I felt satisfied after I was done. I would definitely read another book either written by Eowyn Ivey or narrated by Debra Monk.
I really enjoyed this book. Our book group got a lot of discussion from this novel. The descriptions were amazing. We felt like we could feel the snow!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Just finished listening to The Snow Child . . . LOVED IT . . . a mixture of reality of the harshness of the Alaska wilderness and life there in the 1920s, the heartbreak of a childless couple . . . intertwined with the storybook magic of a snow girl come to life . . . if you have a love of fairy tales and a bit whimsy within you . . . don't miss this one . . .
I thought this was a sweet love story and a beautiful book. The author paints the Alaskan wilderness with the fluidity of a poet. Te narration took a bit to get used to but once I was into the book I thought she captured the essence of the characters perfectly! Great selection.
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