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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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    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 01-18-13
    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I Loved This Book!"

    It is like a beautiful Alaskan fairytale. The writing is beautful and lyrical. Well done!

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    T. C. Mckenzie Jax, Florida 01-06-13
    T. C. Mckenzie Jax, Florida 01-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very entertaining story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Snow Child to be better than the print version?

    I like audio better than print for most books because I enjoy listening more than reading


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were so well developed, Mable, Jack, Esther, and Garrett were my favorites


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

    No


    If you could take any character from The Snow Child out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Esther, because she tells like it is with humor


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for another book from Ewoyn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 01-06-13
    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartwarmng story"

    This is a sweet, touching story about a childless couple and a mysterious little girl who comes to them when they need it most.

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    janateach Georgia 01-05-13
    janateach Georgia 01-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Just lovely."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Snow Child to be better than the print version?

    I haven't looked at the print version, but I really enjoyed the Ms. Monk's voices. She differentiated the characters and made each come alive.


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

    The few times in the middle of the story when Mabel and Jack truly connect made the story magical. These characters were in a difficult marriage but you truly rooted for them.


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

    She used a narrators voice so well to describe the place and allow me to choose what I enjoyed but she voiced the characters, especially the bossy neighbor, with unique inflections that truly reflected their characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Wing Redlands, CA United States 01-02-13
    Kathleen Wing Redlands, CA United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2008

    I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.

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    "A little bit of everything"

    A great story - a little history, a little fantasy, a little romance, a little reality, and a lot of humanity. I really enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Sandspit, British Columbia, Canada 12-24-12
    Richard Sandspit, British Columbia, Canada 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A very enjoyable story!"
    Would you listen to The Snow Child again? Why?

    I found it very enjoyable but I seldom listen to a book more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The snow child.


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very well done...I found myself well into the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say that the story and narration was well done. I would consider purchasing another book by E. Ivey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sallie RIVERTON, UT, United States 12-10-12
    Sallie RIVERTON, UT, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Unique"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story focuses around Mabel and Jack who move to Alaska due to the heartache of infertility. The story lines contain the relationship between Mabel and Jack, how they differ in their own grief, the healing that comes from their neighbors, and their tender love for the snow child, This is not a light, happy book. However, I will remember it for a long time and that signifies a great book to me. Yes, I would recommend this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main Characters:
    Mable and Jack - Childless couple in Alaska in 1920's
    Esther and George - neighbors
    Derek - Esther and George's son
    The Snow Child


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was fine, it did not stand out but I was able to focus on the story and her voice did not distract me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna J. Larsen Clarkston, WA 12-01-12
    Donna J. Larsen Clarkston, WA 12-01-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Heartfelt Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator's voice and the descriptive story of homesteaders in Alaska circa 1920s, the uncertainty and certainy of life in the wilderness, and the weaving of a fairy tale in the background of unrelented loss and love of a child.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I fell in love with the characters in this story -- hardy, brave, and very true with all the human pitfalls and conditions of the human race. Very believable subjects.

    I did not necessarily like the way the book ended as I wanted the fairy tale to continue. It is a somber book in some regard.


    What does Debra Monk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not only does Debra Monk have a clear and pleasant voice, she also reads this book at the PERFECT speed.


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

    Yes, when Jack and Mabel finally talk about the baby they loss, the burial and naming.


    Any additional comments?

    Although this book is predictable, it is written very well and presented by a great narrator. I loved the families individually and collectively. The story is warm, spirited and lovely. This was a nice change for me as I usually order mysteries and thrillers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-26-12
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Magical story that seems like an old fairy tale"
    If you could sum up The Snow Child in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, stark, silent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mabel. She was the heart of the story, her hopeful sadness permeated the entire narrative. She was exactly who you wanted her to be. I found her to be so realistic. The letters she and her sister exchanged gave me such insight into her "previous life" -- I wish there were more of them in this story. Her affection for The Snow Child embodied everything you want in a mother's love....unwavering, truthful. Her belief in the magic and the magical was refreshing.


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

    Esther. Her rough and tumble solidness was so glaringly different from Mabel...it was interesting to hear Debra Monk embody her and bring her to life.


    If you could rename The Snow Child, what would you call it?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not a light hearted read. I found myself really sad throughout most of it -- wishing the ending would be different from what I knew it would be. I cried a lot during the last few chapters of this book. I saw where it was headed, and it gave me great pause.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Pasadena, CA, United States 11-19-12
    Jean Pasadena, CA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "An Adult Fairy Tale"
    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    The reader,it was the right tone for the book. Plus the writting the suspense as to wether the girl was real or a fantasy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both the Husband, Jack and the Wife, Mabel they compleminted each other. You coud feel the love and respect they had for each other. Their neighbors made every thing real and understandable.


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

    Her voice she read the story as though it was bedtime story. She was relaxed and sure of her self and the story.


    If you could rename The Snow Child, what would you call it?

    To rename the book would take away the mystery and the fantasy of it. I liked that the Girl though real and human had that mystical quality about her. Other wise it would have been a story about pioneers in Alaska which is nice but it would not have had the fantasy quality.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book so much that I have recommended it for my 15 year old granddaughter who is a reader like my self. It is a book we can share.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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