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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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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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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 06-02-13
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 06-02-13 Member Since 2011

    romans55

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    "Before Reading Realize You Must Enjoy the Ride."
    What does Debra Monk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her variations of each character gave them distinction without seeming forced. Brilliantly done!


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

    Stirs up lots of emotions, depending on your own life experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I immensely enjoyed the writer's talent, I wish I had a different mindset before beginning this book. You MUST let yourself go into fantastical thinking, wonderment, longing, "fairy tale retold" kind of thinking. If you want a clear ending you'll have to get it from your own creative mind, which you are brilliantly led into by the author. This is what was so interesting about this book. I can't say enough about the writing. It has unique characters that you grow to care about, without actually knowing too many details about them. But they were oh-so relate-able. Loving, letting go, loving again, letting go again...and then another love. It certainly goes beyond flesh and blood. How can anyone endure such emotions? Because the love outweighs the loss.The Emily Dickinson quote (did you find it?) just made my day, as that is one of my all-time favorite quotes. Looking forward to the author's next offering and until then, I made give this another listen.

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    A Reader 05-20-13
    A Reader 05-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating story."
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    This book was fascinating in many ways. First, I don't know much about the lives of the pioneers who settled Alaska and this was a beautiful description of what it must have been like. Second, the integration of a Russian fairy tale about a elderly couple and snow child into this stark, harsh world was incredibly appealing. It made the short, dark days and depression of the main character open up. Through out the book, the author seems to want the reader to decide for themselves if the snow child is really a child formed from a snow figure built by the couple or if she is an orphaned little girl with uncanny powers.

    The telling takes you on an interior journey of the main character as well as a journey through the stunning Alaskan seasons. I know what I think about the snow child . . . but you have to decide for yourself.

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    keasha 05-11-13
    keasha 05-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read, memorable characters, good narration"

    This is a good story with beautiful descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness with a little bit of magic thrown in. Well done!

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    Susan 05-02-13
    Susan 05-02-13
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    "Can't get it out of my mind...a month later"

    It seems a simple story. It is not. The events spin about, clarifying and confusing all at once. I could relate to all the well developed, solid and realistic characters. It's the girl that I can't get out of my head or heart that haunts me. A gentle, dynamic book that can't really be explained....you just have to read it. Enjoy.

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    neuro2166 04-22-13
    neuro2166 04-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I had a good time listening to this"
    Where does The Snow Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper third


    What did you like best about this story?

    It brought me back to my childhood days of reading fables


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

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    Amy 04-01-13
    Amy 04-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Adult Fairy Tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Snow Child to be better than the print version?

    I did not read this book in print. I enjoyed it greatly in audio.


    What other book might you compare The Snow Child to and why?

    Not sure.


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

    No, but she was quite pleasant to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but wasn't able to.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how this book lets you wonder in the way children wonder. The characters are likeable, and real. The story is fantastical, and yet still grounded in a reality that is easy to understand and relate to. Not all the answers are given, but they don't need to be. Loved this reading experience!

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    Amazon Customer Brighton, CO, United States 04-01-13
    Amazon Customer Brighton, CO, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2007

    Jazz Cat's Mom

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    "Lovely Fairy Tale"

    Snow Child is a charming fairy tale (or is it?). Set in Alaska in the early 1900s, the story is full of details about homesteading and farming in that vast, cold wilderness and the affects of this life choice on the people living there. The characters are all well developed and truly nice and kind people. Not a bad guy in the bunch. This is not my typical reading choice. I like stories that are a little more dramatic: serial killers, court room dramas, vampires, crazy people. The story is well-written, interesting and enjoyable and probably deserving of a five-star rating, if you enjoy simple stories like this one. I'm certainly not sorry I listened to it, but I wouldn't recommend to my friends with reading tastes similar to mine.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-18-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-18-13 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Magic and Mystery in Alaskan Wilderness"

    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 . . .

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    Heather United States 03-01-13
    Heather United States 03-01-13
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    "Great Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Snow Child to be better than the print version?

    I always love audio books more, the narrator adds a new level of interest in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the mystery and the fable feel to the story. I also loved the detail, Eowyn really makes you feel like your sitting in a river valley in Alaska!


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

    1st one


    Who was the most memorable character of The Snow Child and why?

    Foena for sure because she is so different on so many levels.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!!

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    Paula Little Petaluma, CA United States 02-25-13
    Paula Little Petaluma, CA United States 02-25-13

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    "Believe in the magic"

    There were many wonderful elements in this story; the emotions of wanting a child, meeting one's own emotional and physical needs, the historical backdrop of homesteading in the early 20th century. Each character was very clear about who s/he was, and honored that in the way they lived. The prose was very easy to listen to, and felt authentic for each character.Mable was a delightful, charming woman. She struggled with and rose to the challenges of both her daily existence and her life. She wasn't bound by traditional female roles; she was able to do what needed to be done, in an unassuming manner. Jack, her husband, was just about a perfect mate who loved his family without judgment.The performance was wonderful.

    Debra Monk was able to give voice to the story and characters with compassion and evenness. Each character was distinct without exaggeration. I highly recommend this audiobook!

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