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Publisher's Summary

A stunning debut reminiscent of the beloved novels of John Hart and Tom Franklin, A Land More Kind Than Home is a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town....

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's.

It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared. While there is much about the world that still confuses him, he now knows that a new understanding can bring not only a growing danger and evil - but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance as well.

Told by three resonant and evocative characters - Jess; Adelaide Lyle, the town midwife and moral conscience; and Clem Barefield, a sheriff with his own painful past - A Land More Kind Than Home is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. These are masterful portrayals, written with assurance and truth, and they show us the extraordinary promise of this remarkable first novel.

©2012 Wiley Cash (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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A hit from Wiley Cash's pen

I loved it. It would make s must see movie in the Jessie Stone tradition.

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Brilliant work of literary art.

This book had it all, drama, love, the depth of human condition. It was, in one word, riveting! Enjoy.

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  • Becky
  • PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 02-15-17

loved all narrators

usually don't like stories that jump around but this was we'll done & kept my interest.
really enjoyed the narration.
I prefer happy endings but realistically this was more apt to happen

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Fantastic for a mother/adult daughter road trip.

A turbulent yet heartwarming read, executed masterfully! The three narrators added depth and credibility to a story built around faith challenges. Heartache and resilience. Cash gets the internal thought processes just right.

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Terrible, cringe-inducing accent.

I dreaded every chapter with Jess. It was just Plain awful. Please choose Southerners with real Southern accents.

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Predictable and boring

Kept listening because I thought it had to get better. Same old story of redemption through loss that you've read 100 times. Boring characters and boring story. Did I say it was boring and that the book bored me? Honestly, how did this get published?

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Compelling performances - all but one.

What made the experience of listening to A Land More Kind Than Home the most enjoyable?

I was immediately drawn into the story by two of the narrators - Lorna Raver and Mark Bramhall. I know it's hard for a grown man to sound like a boy of nine, but for me, the narrator who read the part of young Jess was a bit off and distracted me from the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved the sherif. Very well developed character and beautifully portrayed by the narrator.

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  • Dotty
  • CLOVIS, CA, United States
  • 08-13-15

An excellent writer

Having a snake phobia, I didn't like all the ssssss parts of the story, but it was very well written, and the narrators did a splendid job.

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Amazing!

The narration of the story is superb. The story it's self is gripping. The survival of the human spirit is amazing.

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  • Latosha
  • APEX, NC, United States
  • 03-08-15

Great story, well written book, awesome narration

Where does A Land More Kind Than Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is definitely in my top 5.

What other book might you compare A Land More Kind Than Home to and why?

None

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Being from the south, born and bred in NC - these narrators are spot on with their dialect, metaphors and accent.

If you could take any character from A Land More Kind Than Home out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Adelaide Lyle out to dinner and talk about her faith in God, yet her fear of Pastor Chambliss.

Any additional comments?

This is an awesome book. My only complaint is that it was too short - only 8 hours.