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Bloodroot Audiobook

Bloodroot

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Publisher's Summary

Named for a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power both to heal and poison, Bloodroot is a stunning fiction debut about the legacies of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss that haunt one family across the generations, from the Great Depression to today.

The novel is told in a kaleidoscope of seamlessly woven voices and centers around an incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path: Myra Lamb, a wild young girl with mysterious, haint blue eyes who grows up on remote Bloodroot Mountain; her grandmother, Byrdie Lamb, who protects Myra fiercely and passes down the touch that bewitches people and animals alike; the neighbor boy who longs for Myra yet is destined never to have her; the twin children Myra is forced to abandon but who never forget their mothers deep love; and John Odom, the man who tries to tame Myra and meets with shocking, violent disaster. Against the backdrop of a beautiful but often unforgiving country, these lives come togetheronly to be torn apart as a dark, riveting mystery unfolds.

With grace and unflinching verisimilitude, Amy Greene brings her native Appalachia and the faith and fury of its people to rich and vivid life. Here is a spellbinding tour de force that announces a dazzlingly fresh, natural-born storyteller in our midst.

Read by a full cast.

©2009 Amy Greene ; (P)2009 Random House

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    chamilton 07-08-15
    chamilton 07-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Bloodroot is a great read or listen"

    This book was a suprise. I didn't think I was going to like it. I was wrong. The story is one that finally makes a complete circle at the end. All questions about the charaters are interresting and engaging. I gave four stars for the performance because the actor that play Doug got on my nerves a little bit. I think it was mostly the way he said Doug. It kinda sounded dumb but other than that great. This book is in sections but again everything ties up in the end. Good story good performance good use of a credit.

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    Ninjachinchin 02-14-13 Member Since 2013

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    "IT'S NOT FORGETTING THAT HEALS. IT'S REMEMBERING."
    What did you love best about Bloodroot?

    I love how the author wrote her characters in dialect and I give a lot of credit to the narrators who absolutely did an excellent job as well. The 'mountain-speak' dialect greatly enhanced my listening experience as it allowed me to hear, see, feel and almost taste the hauntingly bleak and riveting stories of each woman of the four generations of Lamb women in Bloodroot.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Greene? Why or why not?

    I will not hesitate to purchase more of Ms. Greene's books. If it/they are as good as Bloodroot then she has an eternal fan in me.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators are absolutely fabulous. They bring the story to life in such a way that even I felt nostalgic for a place and people I have never seen. I truly would have gotten into a car and driven to Tennessee if I knew I could meet Ms. Greene's characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has stayed with me. It brought tears to my eyes as well as tender redeeming moments that made me smile. I was hypnotized by the author’s vivid images of the stunning and wildly beautiful mountain-side as well as her descriptions of the poor and rundown lives of Tennessee’s rural backwoods residents. The Lamb women are born into hard lives. Theirs are the voices of unschooled, poverty stricken women who live in squalor, who are accustomed to situations of drug abuse, alcoholism, etc. and who choose men who prove to be less than adequate husbands and fathers.I could not help being drawn to the elements of superstition, magic, spirits, the Lambs’ family curses and their legacy as witches; and the beauty and tragedy of Myra Lamb with her ‘haint blue eyes’. Myra is born with the 'gift''. She can commune with birds, horses and other wild creatures. One day a neighbor finds her asleep in the leaves with a kaleidoscope of butterflies covering her like a blanket. She seems almost ethereal but like any teenage girl, Myra falls. She meets the darkly handsome John Odom and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to win him...even if that means resorting to a love charm she knows is taboo.

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    Carrie Brown 08-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you listen to Bloodroot again? Why?

    Yes, it was a very well-told story.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a gem of a book. Excellent narrator and intriguing story.

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    Diane 05-13-11
    Diane 05-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Six Fabulous Narrators!"

    This is the best book I have listened to since "The Help". I think both were enhanced by having multiple narrators. In the case of "Bloodroot", employing readers who could embrace the accent of the mountain people helped immeasurably. I loved this book and recommend it to all Audible readers.

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    Angelika Eisermann 05-11-11
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    "Surprise by how much I liked this book"

    Great readers... couldn't wait to get back to the book stayed up way too late to finish

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    Carolyn Danbury, CT, United States 12-16-10
    Carolyn Danbury, CT, United States 12-16-10
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    "Bloodroot"

    An interesting view of a community of people living a rudimentary live in the not-too-distant past.

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    Katharine A. Bloom Blanche 10-17-10
    Katharine A. Bloom Blanche 10-17-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Subtle, and powerful"

    I loved the way this book started out slowly. It all tied together in the end, and left me with a satisfied feeling, even with the sadness.

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    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 05-31-10
    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 05-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting"

    The narrators are fun to listen to. The story has some really interesting parts and mystery. I found myself waiting for it to end at times although the ending is worth it. Well written, but not necessarily my type of book.

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    Julia Coudersport, PA, United States 04-25-10
    Julia Coudersport, PA, United States 04-25-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Amusing, but not riveting"

    Descriptions really pop; felt like I was living among the characters, but at times, the plot felt characterized and too familiar. Performers were stellar... Nice story, but not one that kept me sitting in my car to hear the end of the chapter.

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    Cassandra L. Vidler Dallas, Tx United States 04-10-10
    Cassandra L. Vidler Dallas, Tx United States 04-10-10 Listener Since 2009

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    "I simply loved this book"

    I found myself continuously looking at the book cover on my ipod trying to guess which character the woman in the blue dress was. I felt sad a lot of the time while listening, but I couldn't stop listening-crazy huh? I was happy thinking yay!! Finally something happy in this character's life and then... sadness again. It's worth your credit- the narration cast is everything I look forward to in a book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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