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Publisher's Summary

This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination.

When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides listeners through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the listener to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world. Echoing Berry's own strongly held beliefs, Nathan tells us that his grandfather's life "couldn't be divided from the days he'd spent at work in his fields".

Berry has long been compared to Faulkner for his ability to erect entire communities in his fiction, and his heart and soul have always lived in Port William, Kentucky. In this eloquent novel about duty, community, and a sweeping love of the land, Berry gives listeners a classic book that takes them to that storied place.

©2009 Wendell Berry; (P)2009 christianaudio.com

Critic Reviews

"The Coulter family, like the rest of the people who dwell in this tiny farming community...are caught on the wheel of nature, which is at once blindingly beautiful and unwittingly cruel....The narrative is stunning, the natural scene is beautifully evoked." (Los Angeles Times)

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Beautifully written, well read

Wendell Berry has been on my reading "to do" list for a long time and Nathan Coulter was my first opportunity. It was everything I had hoped for: honest, real, deep character development; fantastic imagery; and a solid story. I enjoy mysteries, adventures and other story-driven books that I can't put down. But, I like to have audiobooks available on my ipod to make good use of driving time and so I want something that I can "put down" until my next long drive. Nathan Coulter filled that perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed listening, but could stop and start as time allowed. The narrator has a pleasant, deep voice that fit the book well.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Never loses your interest

Short and sweet, love the way the story flows. It has dips and valleys you wouldn't see coming.

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Lovely nostalgic read

In addition to being informative about life in those times (not certain what year), he captured how the families handled emotions that matches how my family approached life. Sweet book and I plan to read the whole set!

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an okay start.

I enjoyed the book. it was a little slow for me but maybe that's the point.

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Another beautiful work...

Wonderful slice of life by Mr. Wendell Berry. He's a master at telling the slow story and keeping you hooked the entire time.

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  • Kinnelon, NJ, United States
  • 11-22-11

Just didn't hold my interest

Listened to the first hour or so. Just not for me. Found the story to be trite.

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