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The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene - reviled matriarch of a sprawling family - is dying.

After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she's carried for decades.

Once the child of a loving family during peaceful times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria had to come face to face with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded to distant memory, Victoria learned to survive.

No matter what it took.

To keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and poverty, Victoria made choices - harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting.

©2016 Catherine Armstrong (P)2016 Penner Media Group, LLC

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You'll be thinking of this long after you're done

For me, the value of a book is whether it stays with you long after you've finished reading it. Okay, maybe that's not entirely true--lots of fiction books are entertaining and worth reading/listening to. But very few has stuck with me like this one.

Not wanting to spoil anything, I must be a bit cryptic. But wow! I can see hollywood picking this up. From the get-go it holds our attention (although the reader was super slow and I had to listen to it at 2x speed).

This book is less historical fiction and more fiction with a backdrop of history. And can't we all picture at least one of our grandparents (or parents) in the guise of the main character? From the beginning, the scene is set as to why the narrator is as she is...the tragedy of her life as a child is heart-wrenching. The realistic marriages without the all-too-familiar "love at first sight" is welcoming and (again not wanting to give anything away) the story of love, murder, survival (as the title states) renders this story to be well-written, well-narrated, and mesmerizing. It makes me realize just how great the generation (the "Greatest Generation"?) was....

That said, I guess I should allow some of my criticisms to creep into this review. The first is less a criticism in general than one merely from me: I don't really like realism as much as romanticism. This seemed to be what life really is like, rather than a happily ever after story. Okay, so that shouldn't be a criticism, but it is. And secondly, she starts this narrative stating that she is going to explain to her grandkids why she is not like "normal" grandparents. She does explain this to a large degree, but it felt like since it ended when it did, a lot was left out and I still don't understand why she is why she is. Our trials make us who we are.... I could certainly picture my own grandmother in this narrative as I, too, had a grandmother that was "not like other grandmothers."

Wow, so maybe those criticisms are petty. Because this is a tremendous book. Not exciting like a James Bond novel, nor as graphic as Ken Follett (thank goodness!), but tasteful, exciting, heart-wrenching, mesmerizing, and all the other adjectives you can think of. So do yourself a favor and read/listen to this book.




This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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Not For The Faint Of Heart.

I had to contemplate where to start my review with this book because it is definitely not for the faint of heart. The story tells the life journey of Victoria who lives during the time of the Great Depression. She is a gutsy lady who perseveres despite horrible circumstances. Her life is so heartbreakingly sad BUT she endures through everything. This is the kind of book that makes you appreciate your life. No matter how complicated, hectic, or even miserable you think your life is there is always someone who is worse off.

This book is written and narrated beautifully. Don't let the sadness of the book put you off from listening to it. Yes, it is heart wrenching but it is very captivating and worth a listen.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Beth McIntosh Skillfully Narrates This Book

What did you love best about The Edge of Nowhere?

The way Beth McIntosh, the narrator, was able to skillfully and quickly go back and forth using many different voices to read the dialogue. Within a minute's time, she could have been doing the voice of a child, Victoria, any of her children, Victoria's mother, Dr. Green. It takes a talented actress to be able to seamlessly switch back and forth.

Would you recommend The Edge of Nowhere to your friends? Why or why not?

If you like a well written book with a colorful cast of characters that have daily trials and tribulations, this is a book for you. Quite honestly for me, I usually choose to read more uplifting stories. There was much tragedy in the lives of the people in the book, and I was glad I was not living during the early 20th century and forward.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes were when Victoria was married to her first husband because it was the time in her life when she was happy.

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Pulls At Your Heartstrings

This was a book that was hard for me to listen to. As hard as her life was there were others whose life was worse. This story is what the grandmother is telling her grandkids in a letter to help them understand why she is what she is. She did have some good times in her life but it seems that they were overshadowed by the bad. This story was hard for me to get through and it took several tries. The story was well written and the narrator was perfect for the book but it is a difficult book to listen to. I got this book via audiobook boom.

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Wow!

It took me a little while to get in the mood to listen to this book - I'm glad I did. If you have ever lived in one of the plains states, you'll enjoy listening to this heart-wrenching story. This is definitely a book that has a time and a place, but if you are in for this type of book, it is worth the time and money spent on listening to it.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Quality historic fiction of Oklahoma Dust Bowl

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

Yes. While you must deal with a good share of hardship and sadness, it is a very well written book. The story flows smoothly as it follows the life of a young woman growing up in Oklahoma through the early 1900's. The author created very realistic characters that you can't help to empathize with. When a writer can do this with fictional people, they have done their job well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Edge of Nowhere?

Many memorable moments throughout the book. Most of them are related to the harrowing experiences that Victoria deals with in her life.

Have you listened to any of Beth A. McIntosh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first McIntosh narrated book that I have listened to. I think that she did a wonderful job with all of the voices. Her inflection and tone seemed spot on. Another small thing, in many books I'll find a spot or two where the narrator uses the wrong voice in sentence. However, in this book I caught no such errors.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Perseverance, no matter what.

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

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The Edge of Nowhere

This tale is sad, glad,everything a life entails.Victoria loses everything by the time she is eight years old.She is taken in and treated like a daughter of after family.She never plans to find love or marriage,yet,she does.A hard life of love and loss.Beth A. McIntosh is the perfect narrator for this book.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.

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Engaging Story

Would you listen to The Edge of Nowhere again? Why?

Yes, it would be interesting to see how the main character reacts to early events, knowing what she will go through later.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Victoria's first husband. He had a give and take with her that respected the strong woman that she was.

Any additional comments?

I have never been interested in this period in history. I decided to listen as I was teaching this period in a class and thought I should attempt to understand and embrace it with more interest and empathy. The story could have taken place in any setting, but the 30's in the US adds nicely to the harsh reality of Victoria's life.*This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Get this in audio if you possibly can.

When I requested a free audiobook of The Edge of Nowhere from Boom!, I had no idea that I would be walking round the house with my lap top (having failed to download it onto my Kindle Fire), looking for housework to do, so I could continue to listen.
I was completely gripped by this amazing woman from Oklahoma who had survived the Dust Bowl and The Depression and still managed to raise fourteen children.

I had obviously heard of The Depression that lasted through most of the thirties, but I was not aware of The Dust Bowl, which coincided with this time of shortages and unemployment, and turned areas of America and Canada into virtual wastelands, exacerbating the poverty and starvation.

The author's grandmother lived through these catastrophes, so she decided to research the period and combine history with family narratives to produce an astounding book that really manages to highlight what it took to survive these awful times.
Although it reads as pretty much a catalogue of disasters, beginning when Victoria is just 8 years old, the heroine is so unbelievably strong that she always finds a way to carry on whatever. I shared in her joys and my tears welled through her losses, and now I miss her as if I've lost a friend.

I should also make mention of the narrator, Beth A. McIntosh, whose Oklahoma accent gave the story even more authenticity. If you get the opportunity to listen to the audio version, I would highly recommend it.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Second Time

I just listened to the audible version of "The Edge of Nowhere" for the second time. It is by far the best book I've ever read. I'm probably a little biased because I am from Oklahoma, and my father grew up during the depression-- nonetheless, AMAZING! This book gave me a lot more insight into the stories that my dad used to tell about growing up during the depression and the dustbowl. I can certainly empathize so much more with the people from that era after reading your book. Both the book and audible narration were exceptional!!