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When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband's aristocratic family, she is a 19-year-old bride fresh from South Carolina's Low Country. Among the patrician men and women who reside in the summer colony on the coast of Maine, her gypsy-like beauty and impulsive behavior immediately brand her an outsider. She, as well as everyone else, is certain she will never fit in. And of course, she doesn't, at first.

But over the many summers she spends there, Maude comes to cherish life in the colony, as she does the people who share it with her. There is her husband Peter, consumed with a darkness of spirit; her adored but dangerously fragile children; her domineering mother-in-law, who teaches her that it is the women who possess the strength to keep the colony intact; and Maine native Micah Willis, who is ultimately Maude's truest friend.

©1992 Anne River Siddons (P)1992 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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"Siddons gets the melodrama balance just right and shows she's as much at home in Maine as she was in Georgia." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Cynthia
  • MORRO BAY, CA, United States
  • 04-10-13

Abridged books should be outlawed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Rivers Siddons again?

Yes, I love her books.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She got her dialects mixed up at times.

Any additional comments?

This book was so hacked up I couldn't follow the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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So much was left out! !

I have read the book and there were huge chunks missing. it changed the whole plot and ending. basically ruined the whole thing!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dissappointed in audio book it is half the size of the actual book

The story is very well written great characters and a stream less story line with much emotion
Very descriptive and colorful surroundings
This is a great summer read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A so-so rendition of a favorite book

What did you like best about Colony? What did you like least?

I read the book version of "Colony" when it was first published several years ago. It is a rich tapestry woven of interesting and memorable characters. The abridged version did not do it justice.

Would you recommend Colony to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it only to friends who do not mind an abridged work, or have never read the original book, and are just looking for something to fill time. Much of the power of the book was left out of the audio book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Judith Ivy is a favorite actress, but her accent was so broad (Southern) that sometimes I could not understand her.

Was Colony worth the listening time?

Not for me, as I remember the original book. Some may like it, especially if they enjoy shorter audio books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awful version of an amazing book

Colony is Ms Siddons finest novel, but this audio version butchers the novel in every way possible. First, it is heavily abridged making the story almost incomprehensible and ruining what makes it amazing. Secondly, the reader is beyond atrocious. Her accents are grossly inaccurate whether she is pretending to be a southern plantation belle or a Boston Brahmin. I from Boston and NO ONE talks that way and they never did.

Please, find a better version of this audiobook. They exist as I have listened to them. Do not listen to this version. It does a disservice to Ms Siddons immense talent.

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absolutely my favorite book.stays with you forever

a great story. I always return to it. I cry every time. the characters stay with you always

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Colony

I love this book!! I have read it and listened to it several times. I would like to buy the unabridged version but cannot find it.