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Winter's Bone Audiobook

Winter's Bone: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date.

Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley. With two young brothers depending on her and a mother who's entered a kind of second childhood, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. She has grown up in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks and learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But along the way to a shocking revelation, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

©2006 Daniel Woodrell (P)2010 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Like his characters, and especially his teen characters, Woodrell's prose mixes tough and tender so thoroughly yet so delicately that we never taste even a hint of false bravado, on the one hand, or sentimentality, on the other. And Ree is one of those heroines whose courage and vulnerability are both irresistible and completely believable - think of not just Mattie Ross in True Grit but also Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or even Eliza Naumann in Bee Season. One runs out of superlatives to describe Woodrell's fiction. (Booklist)

“At its best, the novel captures the near-religious criminal mania pervasive in rural communities steeped in drug culture. Woodrell's prose, lyrical as often as dialogic, creates an unwieldy but alluring narrative that allows him to draw moments of unexpected tenderness from predictable scripts.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

“In spare but evocative prose, Woodrell depicts a harsh world in which the responsibilities for survival ultimately give Rees meaning and direction. He depicts the landscape, people, and dialects with stunning realism. A compelling testament to how people survive in the worst of circumstances.” (School Library Journal)

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    Michelle CASPER, WY, United States 02-06-12
    Michelle CASPER, WY, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Moving Story, Talented Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The writing is raw and emotional and I can't imagine a more fitting narrator. Her coarse, immature voice adds an edge of realism to the heartbreaking tail.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter's Bone?

    The beating. I don't want to post a spoiler but it's never to be forgotten.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    There is nothing I could criticize about her performance. She slips into an Appalachian slang with ease yet remains perfectly understandable and her dialog is simply alive.


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

    Life's hard in the hills.


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    renee COLUMBIA, SC, United States 01-25-12
    renee COLUMBIA, SC, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Grippingly Gritty"
    Would you listen to Winter's Bone again? Why?

    No. Rarely listen to or read books twice.


    What other book might you compare Winter's Bone to and why?

    True Grit. (Although I have only seen the movie). Because of the young girl in search of her father.


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    MidnightBookGirl 01-23-12 Member Since 2010

    Book Seller, Book Blogger and Book Lover.

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    "WInter's Bone- great listen for winter drive time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Winter's Bone is my book club's read for this month, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Despite the bleak setting and bleak circumstances, there's a redeeming grace in Ree's struggle to save her family home and to take care of her ailing mother and younger brothers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ree Dolly is a wonderful character- full of strength and good old fashioned gumption. Tough talking and even tougher physically, Ree still has tender moments with her best friend Gail, and her family.


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

    I haven't seen the movie, so Emma was Ree for me. She put a lot of emotion in Ree's voice and just brought the whole Dolly clan to life.


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    Carmela San Antonio, TX 01-23-12
    Carmela San Antonio, TX 01-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Concise, engrossing, superbly written"

    I listened to this short book on New Year's Eve and the following day while driving to friends in another town. This book could easily be used in a creative writing class as an example of best practices. This book made such an impression that I Googled it and found a movie had been made as well, which I downloaded from NetFlix. If you like good contemporary literature, I highly recommend this book, and then check out the movie.

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    Joy 01-20-12
    Joy 01-20-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Winter's Bone the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator's voice FIT, and fit well with the backwoods Ebonics....placed you there, sitting in the house by the pot belly...


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    Vicki SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 12-26-11
    Vicki SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "couldn't stop listening"
    What did you love best about Winter's Bone?

    the author makes you feel like you are right there in the scene witnessing all the sights, senses and emotions of each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    no matter how bad things looked, you had faith that things were going to be ok


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

    no, but it was a good reading


    Who was the most memorable character of Winter's Bone and why?

    the main character - so mature and street-wise but still young and innocent and determined to make a home and


    Any additional comments?

    have family in Appalachian country - this story sheds light on a life deep in the hills and hollows that most people never see or hear about. it's simple, sad, heart breaking and sometimes beautiful and redeeming.

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    Ed Wildwood, MO, United States 12-09-11
    Ed Wildwood, MO, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Well Written and Well Read"
    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were developed well by the author and narrator. The plot was interesting, with plenty of twists and turns to keep my interest. Living in Missouri, the setting in the Ozarks made the story even more interesting. My only disappointment was that it ended too quickly. the story line was rich enough that the book could have been developed with a much more powerful conclusion.

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    Susan Columbia, SC, United States 11-29-11
    Susan Columbia, SC, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Mesmerizing Writing and Story"

    This was my first time listening to Daniel Woodrell and I was blown away by this book. His writing is like none other - you can almost taste his words they are so vivid. It is not an easy story to listen to but if you give it a chance you will not be dissapointed.

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    Jodi Meriden, CT, United States 11-25-11
    Jodi Meriden, CT, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "a good listen"

    I don't know if this book lives up to the high praise, but it was a good story, an easy listen, and an excellent performance. Well worth a monthly credit.

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    Kevin Donohue Windham, CT United States 11-22-11
    Kevin Donohue Windham, CT United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen about a very different place"

    Great reader makes this Ozark story come alive. The language is wonderful. Reminded me of True Grit -- another great listen. It is a shorter story that moves quickly through these back woods with strong characters that draw you into the cold, poverty and violence of the region. Well worth the time. By the way, way better than the anemic movie.

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