©2000 Jerry Stiller
"One of those rare stories that let you breathe the air of another time, and leave your footprints on the snow of a wild, strange place." (Diana Gabaldon)
The book is 300,000 words long. This abridged audio version is 50,000 long, and the reader makes a mess of the dialects. The book is great, but go for the full length version.
I can say this with complete candor, because Sara Donati is my pen name and I wrote this novel.
altho I did listen to the abridged version, I then went a bought the book, how can you take 800 pages and jam it into 6 hrs. I love this series, and highly recommend reading them, there are 4 out now with the 5th due out in the Fall of 2006.........
Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.
A rich, detailed novel like this one shouldn't be abridged. The background detail that gives the setting its atmosphere, and the thought processes that shape the characters and make them real, is omitted and all that remains is a series of events. This was a wonderful book which not only entertained me but gave me a new perspective on the people living in early 19th century America. It's sad to see it sliced up and offered as if the book consists only of what remains. Jayne Atkinson is a fine reader, but she's handicapped by the choppiness of the abridgement.
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