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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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    C.Osterman 05-24-15
    C.Osterman 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read!"

    It's a story for the ages; a tale of love & loss, hope and despair, triumph & sorrow. It showcases the durability of the human spirit and the risk of real love. The author's vivid description of the brutal winters & hot summers will have you feeling as though you are actually a settler breaking ground on new territory in early 1900's Alaska. I also enjoyed the narration. The reader's voice was interesting & easy to follow along with, as she slightly varies her voice for each character. Although the "happily ever after" ending may not be the mushy stuff found in fairy tales, it seemed a true testament to the beauty & pain found in real life.

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    Kindle Customer Littleton, CO United States 04-11-15
    Kindle Customer Littleton, CO United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Pleasant, nice character development..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyed the story until it dragged at the end. I was hoping for something more interesting for an ending - seemed to just run out of steam (to me).


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    Amazon Customer LAYTON, UT, US 04-01-15
    Amazon Customer LAYTON, UT, US 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "cool book"
    Would you listen to The Snow Child again? Why?

    Yes. It was entertaining and surprised me


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

    I think this is the first of hers I've herd


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    FBC 03-24-15
    FBC 03-24-15
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    "It was okay"

    This book was a little disappointing. The author's descriptive writing was very good, but to me the characters seemed hollow and I never connected with them. Usually I feel sad when I finish a book because I miss the characters as if they were real friends. This was not the case with this book. It was also too long which is fine with me if the plot is good. I thought it dragged. The narrator was a little depressing, too.

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    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 03-23-15
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly a remarkable book"

    Is it a fantasy novel? Is it an adult fairy tale? I'm not sure just how to classify this truly remarkable book of an aging childless couple who move to Alaska sometime before it became a state and homesteaded somewhere north of Anchorage.

    I won't give any of the plot away. You can read that in the book notes anyway. What I want to talk about is the lyrical prose and the emotive drive of the writing. I want to say that my faith in women authors has been renewed as love scenes were handled tastefully without any graphic sex. (THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I had about given up on female authors and anything that remotely sounded like it had any romance in it. I'm not a prude, mind you. I'm just not a fan of gratuitous sex scenes that add nothing to the plot.) This book was full of beautiful scenes of the heart instead.

    I normally am a fan of action books. (Hey, I'm a guy!) This was on sale, so I bought it and I am so glad I did. I only write reviews on books that I particularly enjoy, and this was one that will stay with me for a very, very long time. The images invoked in my mind's eye by Eowyn Ivey were so striking, and so beautiful, and astounding, that I feel like this story will be with me forever.

    Debra Monk's reading was spot on. Her rendition of the loud and chaotic neighbors was just hilarious, and her soft and melodious reading of the descriptions of such things as the silk and swan feather wedding dress and the snowflake on the hand of the Snow Child and... oh so many other other striking scenes were just memorable and perfect.

    I recommend this book to anyone. it's probably PG only because of the brutal nature of the hunting and fishing and killing that is done to survive in such a difficult environment. Even those scenes though are done with a deep appreciation that each animal sacrificed its life to allow humans to live.

    Beautifully written book and a wonderful reading.

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    Khegdrm 03-19-15
    Khegdrm 03-19-15
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    "I loved this novel. Highly recommend."

    The characters are well developed and I could relate to Mabel's struggle. This story will leave you wanting more, and make you fall in love with the enchanting snow child. Well written and immensely engaging piece of work. A must read.

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    Sherry HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-15-15
    Sherry HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I have always loved fairy tales."

    The story was interesting. A little sadness a little joy repeat again, major loss but we all carry on. A bit like real life. What made this so enjoyable was the narrator. She was just a pleasure to listen to.

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    Buster 03-13-15
    Buster 03-13-15
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    "POOF. .......you gotta be kidding me."

    So the old couple deserve a child, but the father and son's only purpose is to be used.
    What .....what?

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    Frank 03-06-15
    Frank 03-06-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Loved this!"
    If you could sum up The Snow Child in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging. Crystalline. Memorable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Child?

    Simply how Debra Monk's writing was so evocative of Faina's world in all of it's natural beauty.


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

    I loved it!


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    Fuzzy 03-05-15
    Fuzzy 03-05-15

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    "Mindset in the 1920's"
    Would you listen to The Snow Child again? Why?

    This was a magical story with a lot of layers of mythology and psychology. I would probably gain more insights with another listen.


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

    The narration was interesting with the inflections of the voice to be direct, precise and forceful. I don't know if that's the way they behaved in the '20's, but there were times that I thought the emphasis was not in the right place. It seemed awkward.


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

    I really loved this book and didn't want it to end. I loved the connection the girl had with the elements, and the fact that I never figured some of it out. It's still a mystery....as it should be.


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