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CENTENNIAL, CO, United States
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  • The Orchardist

  • By: Amanda Coplin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,198

At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale.

  • By Marcia on 08-26-12

Touching story of caring, loss and damaged souls

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-12

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I enjoyed the description of the late 1800's in the Northwest US. The plot moved slowly for most of the book, but the characters pull you in. I really didn't want the story to end.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful