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The Snow Child | [Eowyn Ivey]

The Snow Child

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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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Breena Soldotna, AK, United States 09-09-12
    Breena Soldotna, AK, United States 09-09-12
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    "Well read and written"
    Would you listen to The Snow Child again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Esther- she was so light hearted and really warmed the story up.


    Which character – as performed by Debra Monk – was your favorite?

    Esther- Monk did a great job of bringing her personality to life.


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

    I looked forward to listening every morning and I truly did enjoy it.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    anna thompson BALLWIN, MO, US 01-07-13
    anna thompson BALLWIN, MO, US 01-07-13

    Anna

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    "Poorly edited and poorly written"
    What was most disappointing about Eowyn Ivey’s story?

    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.


    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Raleigh, NC, United States 10-07-12
    Martha Raleigh, NC, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Breathes life into Russian fairy tale"

    I saw this book recommended in several places, but I didn’t think a snow-girl that comes to life would keep my attention. I’m glad I gave it a try! Beautiful writing and imagery, and a very good character study. This book did such a respectful job of creating a story from an old Russian fairy tale. I loved the friendship between the two Alaskan couples. Highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marci portland, OR, United States 04-30-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Almost great"

    As the other reviewers have stated this was a beautifully written book. The imagery took me there. The development of the couple (the main characters) was very good and so consistent, I felt like I really got to know them. The "neighbors" characters also were so well done.
    The idea of the book is to keep you unsure as the characters in the book are unsure. However, I wanted just a little bit more about the snow child herself for me to care about her. She was vaguely interesting, and there were moments when the author almost had me loving her, but the depth of her development was never quite there. She didn't haunt me and I wanted to be haunted by her.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 02-16-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "It is only a fairytale, however, . . . ."

    For a debut novel, I think Eowyn Ivey did a great job in writing “The Snow Child.” My dissatisfaction, however, is that I wished it could have stayed a fairy tale throughout.

    I liked all of the characters that were developed in the story. I liked the Alaska setting especially. I just did not like the ending of the story. I see, however, that other readers loved the entire story. In my opinion, it would have been a much better novel if it had stayed a fairy tale!

    The narrator, Debra Monk, did an excellent job.

    I will not hesitate to read another book by Eowyn Ivey, however, I hope that she will write something other than a fairy tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 01-22-14
    Krista Wilbur, WA, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful and refreshing!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Loved the feel and easy pace of the narrator. All the characters felt like you could have lived there and known them.

    The story is sweet, touching and just enough of the "out of the ordinary" but not too far out.
    The writing is beautifully crafted - a refreshing "read."
    Worth the credit and I would look for more from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 01-16-14
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "I was hesitant in choosing this book…..."

    But oh my goodness I am so glad I did. I was hesitant because I thought it would be more of a child's book. I was so wrong. This is a beautiful written and narrated story. It's about a
    couple eking out a life in the frozen extremes of Alaska in the 1920's. Their excruciating sadness at the loss of their own premature baby and the magical appearance of another child. One that seems to have sprung from their hopes and dreams. The narrator has a beautiful patient voice that harmonizes with the gentle but intense story. You'll love this book. Im very partial to action packed mysteries and thrillers but was captivated from the very beginning. I can't wait to see what this author writes next. Ill be waiting…..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 06-14-13
    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "interesting but contrived"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-18-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "A story of innocence and magnificent love"

    A wonderful love story of a couple who have been desperately trying to have children with no results. After a heartbreaking miscarriage they move from Pennsylvania to Alaska where life is always a challenge just to stay warm and fed through the rough winters.  One day when their depression appears to be beyond repair, the first snowstorm of the season starts.  In a bizarre moment they find themselves consumed by their inner-child and a playful snowball fight ensues, as the fun and joy continues they decide to build a snowman, when it is finished they both realize that it looks strangely more like a beautiful young girl than a snowman.  The next morning the clothes they adorned it with are gone and in the following days, to their disbelief, they start to see a young, blonde girl wearing them.  She is timid and continues to skirt around them for many days like a scared animal. Eventually a relationship starts to blossom out of the consistency of unlimited trust.  As time goes by they begin to notice that she only appears when it becomes cold and then disappears in the beginning of Spring. They also discover that they alone are the only ones that she will allow to see her or her companion, an illusive fox.

    As the years pass hardships and blessings surround our couple as they strive to farm and emotionally flourish in the rugged Alaskan country. Thank goodness for the help and friendship offered up so freely by their salt of the earth, seasoned neighbor family.  Over time a wonderful lasting bond grows that takes them all well beyond friendship. 

    Other reviewers have all had different opinions of the ending. I thought it was solid and beautiful. True characters, wonderful narration, the life of an old fairy tale, hope, faith, unpredictability, and love are all elements of this wonderful listen. 

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 05-08-13
    Amber 05-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.

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    "Is she real?"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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