Gilead
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  • 1
    Gilead | Marilynne Robinson

    Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (623)

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    A book for dreaming over

    Usually, I gobble books. Not this one. Exquisitely written, it begs the reader to pause, to ponder, to wonder, to marvel. So delicate, like leaves rus..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 18 2005 by Penelope Wisner ()
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    Gilead | Marilynne Robinson

    Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers.

    Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top six novels of 2004.

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames' life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.

    Dour Reading Failed to Resonate

    I was very interested in listening to this book, but the dour reading style of the narrator induced a profound depression in my soul. Maybe it's an ac..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 27 2013 by Ben (Waterkloof South Africa)
  • 2
    Home: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson

    Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    Glory Boughton, aged 38, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack - the prodigal son of the family, gone for 20 years - comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

    Wish that I had read this one

    I loved Marilynne Robinson's last book, Gilead. As the mother of 3 sons and the only sister with 3 brothers, I read and reread Robinson's words in th..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 02 2008 by S. Elder ()
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    Lila: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson

    Lila: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (576)

    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood.

    Life is what it is....

    This isn't a book for everyone, it's a book for thinkers, those who think about God, life, and what iife is all about. Life is what it is is the mantr..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 06 2015 by Stevon (Tempe, AZ, United States)