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Publisher's Summary

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, 14-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures begin and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town comes to life.

Olive Ann Burns's classic best seller brings to vivid life an era that will never exist again, exploring timeless issues of love, death, coming-of-age, and the ties that bind families and generations.

©1984 Olive Ann Burn; (P)1993 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Rich in characterization and dialogue, this novel is well-suited to the audio format; Tom Parker superbly conveys this great wealth." (AudioFile)

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Life in Sassy Tree, GA, circa 1906

Charming story of the fictional town of Saasy Tree, GA. There are great characters, humor, tragedy, romance, and faith. Well narrated by Grover Gardner (NOT the listed narrator). A good choice for fans of Southern stories.

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  • jaye
  • GREENWICH, CT, United States
  • 11-08-13

EXCELLENT STORY

What made the experience of listening to Cold Sassy Tree the most enjoyable?

THE READER. HE DID A WONDERFUL JOB!

What other book might you compare Cold Sassy Tree to and why?

MABYE SOME OF STEINBECK'S BOOKS. BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS WERE SO ALIVE. SUCH AS SWEET THURSDAY.

What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

HE BROUGHT REAL LIFE TO THE CHARACTERS. ESPECALLY GRANDPA.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

SEVERAL. THE TIME WHEN GRANNY WAS ILL AND DIED AND THE PREPARATION FOR THE FUNERAL. AND ANOTHER (SPOILER) I WON'T SAY. BUT NEAR THE END OF THE BOOK.

Any additional comments?

THIS WAS MY SIG. OTHER'S FAVE BOOK SO FAR.

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Great story

Great story and wonderful narration. My only regret is not having the print version to reread the quotes. I guess I will be buying the book as well. 😉Definitely a book that I have been telling friends about and will read again.

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3.5 stars from me.

3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book, but I don't know that, for me, it lived up to the excitement that drew me to it. The southern dialect and the narration from a child's point of view were enjoyable aspects for me. I kept waiting for a climax, and I never felt like I got one. It was a sweet, southern story, but this one just didn't spark anything special in me.

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Wonderful story wonderful narration

The narrator's ability to find a voice for every character was a joy to listen to. The story of this Southern town and it's families was a great listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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A Linguistic Delight!

Would you listen to Cold Sassy Tree again? Why?

I definitely will listen to it again! The narrator did a superb job of capturing the nuances of southern dialect. It was candy to my ears. This is a PERFECT audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Sassy Tree?

When Will witnessed the passionate kiss between Miss Love and her Texas ExBoyfriend.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Everything!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed aloud often - especially at granddaddy. It was such a sweet innocent story of simpler times and strong family bonds. LOVED IT!!

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10 STARS!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Love, love, loved this book. I was sorry when it ended. The characters were wonderful and engaging and the narrator was perfect.

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Great!

This is a totally enjoyable listen. I would recommend this book to anyone. loved it.

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Delightful and Riveting!

Excellent book, excellent character development. I was sorry it ended. I'm very persnickety about what I read, but this one was everything I could hope for in a novel--funny, sad, poignant, and entertaining.

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High School English All Over Again!!!!

I loved reading this book in high school, even though my skills in the English language were sorely lacking. This audiobook brings it all back and I loved reliving all the characters and stories. Very well done through and through!!!