Patrick D. Smith here tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need. Between is a sweeping story rich in Florida history.
A best-selling novel of Florida historical fiction, A Land Remembered was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received the state’s highest literary award from the Florida Historical Society, the 1986 Tebeau Prize for the Most Outstanding Florida Historical novel.
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Family, Frontier, Florida
The passage of time, beginning in frontier Florida, takes you through three generations of a pioneering family is the wilds of Florida. It's a wonderful tale and especially poignant if you are from Florida as I am. I never had an image of what life would have been like in Florida as one of the first settlers to the area. This was a great novel!
Very lovely narration, easy to understand each of the characters different speaking styles.
Read it, you won't regret it!
My 50 + years in Florida I've seen many changes some good but most not so good. The historic changes and sacrifices these families made to settle this land is very interesting.
One of the top ten books I've ever read or listened to -- well deserving of a pulitzer prize winner. This book is required reading in many school districts because of the historical aspects. The characters are also very well developed.
Best Book Ever!
No other narrator would have done as great of job. His voice was perfect for the book.
I enjoyed this book so much that I listened to it twice. By listening to this book as one of my first audiobooks, it ruined my taste for other books. There will never be a book as good as this one for me. I live in south Florida and I felt as though I knew where he was talking about all the time. I wish they would make a movie of this book.
I really enjoyed this book. Every aspect of it is top quality. The story is very well developed and the characters are people that you begin to believe you really know personally. I did not know much about Florida history during the period that is covered in the story. I liked learning some new things while caught up in a fascinating saga. At first I thought the narration was going to be a problem but either the narrator improved while reading or I just got used to the voice.
This is an engrossing story that is written to bring visual images to mind. The listener learns much about the history and atmosphere of "Old Florida" while following a family chronicle.
Guidall is, as usual, and excellent narrator.
I was sorry when it ended.
The audio version gives added depth and emotion to the story. The narrator did an outstanding job of diversifying the voices and conveying the intensity throughout.
The reunion of Zech and Tawanda where he meets his son, Toby.
Emma because she was such a supportive, giving person whose own inner emotions I'd like to explore.
As a native Floridian I couldn't believe I had missed this book. My husband and I listened as we drove around the state. We had an appointment in West Palm but got off the Turnpike and went along the northern rim and the eastern edge of Lake Okeechobee just as we were hearing about Sol turning that land into farmland. We had smelled the orange blossoms all through central Florida and found ourselves transported back in time. Then the spell was broken by the massive developments as we drove into Wellington. Progress or pollution? A sense of pride in my cracker forebears and an abiding pensiveness have stayed with me. This was an amazing shared experience for my husband and me and we have been recommending the audio book to everyone we know.
As a Florida resident, this was a wonderfully enchanting book. For better or worse it will give you a adventuresome new perspective of Florida and its history.
The mosquito hatch and the attacks on the herd.
Not that I am aware of.
All the men, but Tobias MacIvey set the tone for the entire family and their desire to be anchored to the land.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
I laughed. I cried. I gaped in wonder and awe at a pristine jungle that was Florida and the home of the Seminoles.
I grew up in the area described. I was thrilled to re-live the adventures of this fictitious family in a real life world.
Read it. Story telling at its best.
I have read this book years ago, and really enjoyed listening to it with my husband on our long road trips. The narrator was perfect for this book, and made the listen even better. This is a great fictional story about Florida history, with real events and places we all know woven in. Once again, this is an all time favorite...so glad to find it on audible!
The best Audible book in a very long time. Worth every credit I had. I would have given it a 10 Star if I could. George Guidall makes it worth while. He is wonderful, the best.
Everything he does is great. He can make a bad book good. BUT this book is wonderful.
Just the story. History, struggles for a new life and to better the next generation, the family pride and the Love of family.
Worth every cent or credit you have.
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