There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams.
Go to college. Become president. Fall in love. And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay - the boy with the fatal illness who volunteers to tutor her in algebra - she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.
©2014 Joanne Bischof (P)2014 Joanne Bischof
Not only would I recommend this to a friend, I already have! Gail's voice was more perfect than I'd expected. I found my self swept away in the story, something I wasn't sure would happen with an audiobook. It is full of heartwarming charm and sweet, gentle love. I've read it twice--three times counting this audiobook. And each time I sob my way through it. It's absolutely amazing! Definitely a must read!
Whenever Sarah and Tucker had a moment-- they shared a look, he complemented her singing voice, she was blushing under his gaze-- that's the sort of thing that makes you heart melt.
I won't be corny and say 'all of them' (though it's tempting!) But I'd say Tucker's birthday party. I love the love that is shown 'round the table, the family homey-ness that makes you want to curl up in a cozy chair and laugh along with everyone else.
I really don't know. Maybe something along the lines of "If you knew your days were numbered, would you be willing to love with all your heart?" I'm not all that great at taglines, sorry :P
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for writing an honest review (thanks again, Joanne!). This review contains my personal, honest opinions.
I am still crying! This was a very touching story with some great life lessons. It tells the story of Sarah and her great love for a boy that was sick. They made every moment count. He has a profound impact on her life. It made me retrospect on my life and how much time I waste on trivial things. I love this story . The narration was flawless. I recommend this novella.
Poignant. Heart-deep. Beautiful.
It's more than a story... it's an experience.
This Quiet Sky has all the markings of a truly great tale. And yet even deeper than that, hearts beat in the very words of its pages. Prepare to fall in love: with Sarah, with Tucker, with the two of them together and with their blossoming courage.
Joanne Bischof has constructed an experience that is the perfect balance of bravery, heart, tenderness and spark. In her trademark way she takes gentle, strong hold of a difficult set of circumstances and explores it in a way that is gilded with sincerity and rooted in love for her reader and her God.
Love is not formulaic in life, and neither is it in This Quiet Sky. It is organic and true, taking us by the hand as Sarah and Tucker’s hearts are woven together to pull the strings of hope tight and far, even in the face of very serious illness.
I walked away much richer for reading it. In fact, I didn't walk away at all. Tucker and Sarah have stayed with me, and always will.
As a new-to-me narrator, Gail impressed me so much with her careful handling of the story. From subtle accents, to the prosody and cadence of her voice, right down to the carefully-placed pauses and tempos, her performance was wonderful. It was evident that she'd spent much time creating the perfect audible personas for each character. Well done, Gail!
The birthday party scene, and all that's at play beneath the surface there... just so bittersweet. It brought tears to my eyes.
If you're thinking of giving this a listen, I highly recommend it!
This is a great little novella that packs a big whopping punch! Bring tissues, you are going to need them...
The year is 1885 back in Rocky Knob, Virginia. Sarah Miller, a young girl who is 16 goes to school and is paired up with Tucker O'Shay who is almost 18. Since the two of them are closest to the same age, they have to share the same books. Sarah and Tucker quickly become friends. Sarah learns that Tucker is terminally ill with cancer.
It doesn't take long before they start to fall for each other. Tucker is getting sicker and Sarah feels more and more for him. Travel along with this book way back to the old days when life meant so much and people had so little, but what they had and what they did meant so much to so many! We listen along as Sarah tells her sister Maggie about her Tucker and why she could never love anyone else!
What a fantastic story! The author Joanne Bischof captured my interest with the old west settings. The way she tells a story is to captivating and touching. Bring tissues though. I laughed along with Sarah and cried for her too! The narrator, Gail Shalan did a great job capturing all the raw emotions this story has to tell! I loved the voices I heard! Good job ladies!
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
The Quiet Sky is a powerful story. A sweet, poignant reminder that life is precious. In Rocky Knob, Virginia 1885, Sarah begins her first day at school and is seated next to Tucker. She's having trouble with math and Tucker begins tutoring her. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship that words can't describe. This is one of the best novellas I've ever listened to or read. The love that these two young adults had for each other in a short time was more than what some adults ever experience in a lifetime.
I was so moved when Tucker told Sarah that "God didn't make a mistake with me. He's given me today. It's about living for what you can live for. What God gives you the time to do. He gave me the time to know you. To love you. " Sometimes all we have is a moment. It doesn't make it less. It just makes it more.
About the author: Joanne Bischof is an amazingly talented writer. I can't wait to listen to more of her work through audio. I highly recommend this audiobook. This is a must listen to.
About the narrator: Gail Shalan has the most beautiful, sincere voice I've ever listened to. She took this story over the top. All I can say is WOW! This is one of the best narrations I've listened to. She's a wonderfully skilled voice actor and I look forward to listening to more of her work as well.
I received this audiobook foc inx for an inbiased review.
This was one of the best narrations I have listened to. It ranks at the top with Sissy Spacek reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Gail Shalen's narration embodied Sarah to a "T".
Identifying with the characters. Feeling present in the story. The ability of the author to tackle a tough subject with such grace and hope.
She caught the essence of Sarah. She paced it so beautifully. It made me hungry to pick up the novella and let her read it aloud to me as I followed along.
I have listened to this and will re-listen to this again and again. I was very impressed with the narrator chosen as it is important to me that the voice fleshes out the character. This narration achieved this perfectly!
Well written and unique.
The first few sentences, or the beginning.
Her voice talent, and the way she read it.
I enjoyed this.
This was an amazing book. The author captured the emotions of this type of situation perfectly. I loved the story and learned from it. I, like Sarah, tend to look at what's right in front of me instead of looking at life from different angles. I recently experienced loss, and despite my best efforts tend to look at what could have been instead of being grateful for the time I had with my relative. This book encouraged me to be brave, to look at what I had, like the kiss that made Sarah think her feet had still not touched the ground 18 years later. And now I am listening for the cavalry, the joys in life.
I liked the way emotions were used.
She helped me to enter the story, and I believe I will remember it better since I listened to it instead of read it.
There were too many to mention. :)
A very short audio book with a big heart -- unforgettable! I listened to it - in one cold afternoon, could not pause.. There are values within thats unforgettable
The way she starts to look at the world. The talk of algebra. :)
No. She's new to me but did a fabulous job!
Good story over all. Not super excited about the ending but still good.
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