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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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Wonderful storytelling

I loved this book when I read it several years ago, and listening to it with this narrator was an even bigger pleasure. His voice is perfect, and the story came to life. You laugh often, and you might even cry a few times. I was so sad when it was over. Check it out!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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My absolute favorite

This is one of the first audio book I listened to 4 years ago, and it remains my all time favorite. It is narrated by someone who brings the characters and story alive! This is not a big mystery, suspense or romance book, but one that is truly heartwarming - a tale of years gone by. I would be very surprised if this book got an unfavorable review!

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • PINEVILLE, LA, United States
  • 03-05-14

Charming

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

I would recommend this book to a friend. In fact, I used a credit to buy and send it to my mom.

What did you like best about this story?

Being from the south, I could really relate to some of the characters and aspects of small town life portrayed in this novel. Mostly, it was just so funny! There were some moments that made me laugh out loud.

What about Tom Parker’s performance did you like?

I thought the narrator was great. Southern accents were not really overdone. He was great at changing from different characters (male/female etc.).

If you could rename Cold Sassy Tree, what would you call it?

I wouldn't - perfect name.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely listen to Cold Sassy Tree again.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 06-02-10

Good example of Southern fiction

Very interesting example of Southern life in the early part of the 20th century. Seen through the eyes of a young teenager, the story captures the slow charm of the small town life as it hints at the ugly side of the racial relations and lack of women's rights.

The narration is fine, but there's a small technical glitch: every hour or so, two or three lines are simply repeated. Weird.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Story Great Narration

I really enjoyed this book! It was told by Will Tweedy remembering his 14 year old self and all that went on during that time including his granny death and his granddaddy remarrying very soon after, which started the biddies to talking, because Miss Love is much younger than granddaddy. But there was more to this relationship than anyone in Cold Sassy would ever know, that is except Will he is closest to his granddaddy and sees this relationship different than anyone else.

This is a very southern novel and the writing plops you right down into the summer of 1906 when the first automobiles are making their appearance. I love Will’s granddaddy he is quite a character. This book will make you laugh and make you cry, it is a coming of age story but so much more because it is not just a story of Will’s family but about the whole town of Cold Sassy.

I highly recommend listening to this book on audio Tom Parker’s narration is wonderful he really brought this book to life for me!

I know I’m not doing this justice I did really love it and recommend this to all southern fiction lovers and if you aren’t a fan of southern fiction give this one a try it just might convert you!
4 1/2 Stars

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  • D
  • vista, CA, USA
  • 09-01-06

EXCELLENT

I enjoyed every minute of the story and the narrative made it even more enjoyable. I highly recommend "Cold Sassy Tree".

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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A great listen!!

I really enjoyed Cold Sassy Tree! I liked the way Burns wove the themes of religion and judgement throughout the novel. I appreciated Grandpa's theology.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous Story - Great Narration

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

I would recommend, Cold Sassy Tree, to anyone who just wants to get lost in an entertaining story. One of my favorites!

What does Tom Parker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Tom Parker brings a sense of authenticity to the story that is enhanced by his accent.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Makes you think..

The story was better than I expected. The reader was easy to listen to. He made me fall in love with the main characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Most enjoyable...odd technical glitches

I probably would listen to it again in a few years. This version has several places where a sentence is repeated. That, and the galloping speed of the early chapters (which did not sound a bit like Georgia to this Georgia resident) put me off at first. Either he slowed down or my ears sped up, though, because I quite noticing about 2 hours in. The narrator's characters are excellent. Though the repeats continue to be annoying I love this story, and I've very much enjoyed listening to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful