Olive Ann Burns's classic best seller brings to vivid life an era that will never exist again, exploring timeless issues of love, death, coming-of-age, and the ties that bind families and generations.
©1984 Olive Ann Burn; (P)1993 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Rich in characterization and dialogue, this novel is well-suited to the audio format; Tom Parker superbly conveys this great wealth." (AudioFile)
This is one of the first audio book I listened to 4 years ago, and it remains my all time favorite. It is narrated by someone who brings the characters and story alive! This is not a big mystery, suspense or romance book, but one that is truly heartwarming - a tale of years gone by. I would be very surprised if this book got an unfavorable review!
Librarian, Avid Reader, Audiobook Addict!
I really enjoyed this book! It was told by Will Tweedy remembering his 14 year old self and all that went on during that time including his granny death and his granddaddy remarrying very soon after, which started the biddies to talking, because Miss Love is much younger than granddaddy. But there was more to this relationship than anyone in Cold Sassy would ever know, that is except Will he is closest to his granddaddy and sees this relationship different than anyone else.
This is a very southern novel and the writing plops you right down into the summer of 1906 when the first automobiles are making their appearance. I love Will’s granddaddy he is quite a character. This book will make you laugh and make you cry, it is a coming of age story but so much more because it is not just a story of Will’s family but about the whole town of Cold Sassy.
I highly recommend listening to this book on audio Tom Parker’s narration is wonderful he really brought this book to life for me!
I know I’m not doing this justice I did really love it and recommend this to all southern fiction lovers and if you aren’t a fan of southern fiction give this one a try it just might convert you!
4 1/2 Stars
Very interesting example of Southern life in the early part of the 20th century. Seen through the eyes of a young teenager, the story captures the slow charm of the small town life as it hints at the ugly side of the racial relations and lack of women's rights.
The narration is fine, but there's a small technical glitch: every hour or so, two or three lines are simply repeated. Weird.
First, let me tell you that I picked this book because I like listening to the narrator, Tom Parker. His other works led me to Cold Sassy Tree.
Second, I almost gave up after an hour of listening. However, after that the author's wonderful story telling took over.
Of the 210 books I listened to the only five stars that I gave out went to; The Road, All the Pretty Horses, Les Miserables, and Echo Park.
I listened to this many years ago by a different narrator and loved it. However, I was very disappointed by this particular narrator. This is a southern story and he races through it. Southerners are not in a hurry, but go at a leisurely pace. His southern accents don't convey the tone of this charming story. So sad.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I enjoyed this book but it fell a little flat, it had some good parts but I was expecting more because of the outstanding reviews. The story is told out of the eyes of a young boy from a privileged family. All of the characters lead back to his Grandfather and his fortune. Just a little trite for me. I think I was ruined by the absolutely wonderful bestseller, "The Saving of CeeCee Honeycutt", another book set in the South.
Mom of Twins
absorbing, engrossing, immersing
The writing is rich.
Tom Parker's performance was very believable and his voice was very nice to listen to. He sounds like a story-teller should. He made me feel like I was on the porch, listening to a great story.
There are parts of this book that make you laugh and parts that make you cry and parts where you can't quit until you find out what happens next.
I would recommend, Cold Sassy Tree, to anyone who just wants to get lost in an entertaining story. One of my favorites!
Tom Parker brings a sense of authenticity to the story that is enhanced by his accent.
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