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The Snow Child Audiobook

The Snow Child

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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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    Bonnie Perkins Blowing Rock, NC United States 06-26-15
    Bonnie Perkins Blowing Rock, NC United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Gorgeous word pictures!"

    This is classic story retold within a new context of time and place. Magic and mysticism play counterpoint to heartbreaking naturalism. There are many places where the prose borders on poetry!

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    Janet Hall Bellevue, WA USA 06-24-15
    Janet Hall Bellevue, WA USA 06-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating story"

    Well done.....loved the story. Would like to see it made in to a movie.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-22-15
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2001
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    "The Snow Child"
    Any additional comments?

    Read by Debra Monk, approximately eleven hours of listening. The Snow Child has a few gazillion reviews, ergo not much for me to add. There are only a few observations. First, the reader must suspend belief. This is an ethereal, ephemeral fairy tale based on the creation of a child from snow who grows into a beautiful young woman. Second, the reader must be into descriptive prose, there is considerable. The setting is the Alaskan wilderness, the 1920s homestead efforts of a childless couple in their 50s. The Snow Child is character driven, and the story is one of parenthood, familial relationships, friendship, love, and the hardships of a wilderness life in a breathtaking world of mountains and snow.

    The story is beautifully written, the narration nicely done. Although I listened to an audiobook, I had no trouble ‘turning the page’. Enjoy!

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    Speech Pro 06-15-15
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    "So sad...."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was just too sad. It put me in a funk the whole time I was listening. I loved the idea of the book, and wanted to hear the ending, but was disappointed. I kept hoping that it would turn out okay, but it never did.


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    Amazon Customer 06-07-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Nice clean story"

    I enjoyed the whole book and would recommend it to others. I'm glad I bought it

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    C.Osterman 05-24-15
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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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    Ziggy Littleton, CO United States 04-11-15
    Ziggy Littleton, CO United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2016

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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
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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 2016

    I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.

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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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