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Publisher's Summary

Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

©2012 Eowyn Ivey (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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Disappointing Narration

What did you love best about The Snow Child?

I did not finish listening as the narrator destroyed the book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Debra Monk?

Definitely not. Her voice was either flat or depressing, no matter what was going on.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Rochester, WA, United States
  • 04-30-12

a fascinating story about life in a harsh world

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

This challenging world is written about with a gifted ease.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Child?

The return of the snow child after summer.

Which scene was your favorite?

The meeting between the young mountain girl and her future husband.

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

When she became sick and disappeared in the night I ached.

Any additional comments?

The truth of this harsh world is easily portrayed by the writer and expressed through the lives of real characters. "Easy" is hard to do and wonderful to experience. I count this as one of my favorite listens.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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too slow

it was Written well but I the drawn-out plot put me to sleep every time I opened it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Romantic and beautiful

Fairy tale and reality are woven into a beautiful tapestry in The Snow Child. Set against the harsh backdrop of Alaska in the 1920's the prose is simple and articulate, and the story that unfolds is enchanting. It is not a romanticized telling, it is full of harsh realities and despair, loss and isolation. It is also story of love and family and friendships and perseverance. I loved this book, from the first word to the last.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing Ending

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This book felt like it just stopped instead of ended. Like the author wasn't sure how to end the story so she wrote until she just decided she was done. I was kind of surprised when it ended because it felt incomplete somehow. I'm not sure the last bit of the book that occurs in the spring time felt related to the main plot of the book. It almost felt like two different short stories smacked together.

Have you listened to any of Debra Monk’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was the first but I did enjoy the narrator's soothing voice. However, her voice was SO soothing that I couldn't listen while driving if I was tired because she'd soothe me right to sleep!

Do you think The Snow Child needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well, it did feel incomplete somehow but I don't think I'd want to read a follow-up.

Any additional comments?

It's possible that the author intended for the story to feel like it ended without giving the reader closure to mirror the feelings of the book characters about the child but it just felt incomplete.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Perfectly written, perfect performance

This story is hauntingly beautiful, an amazing story about beautiful land. Enchanting, yet filled with hearts longing. I highly recommend this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Charming!

A beautifully written story of a close to fifty year old childless couple who move to the Alaska wilderness in the 1920s to homestead. It's a fairytale for adults with a wonderful storyline filled with emotions and lively characters. A magical, heartfelt, poetic MUST read.

I wish I could find more wonderful books like this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Slower, relaxing read.

Any additional comments?

This book is a slower paced reading. This style fits the atmosphere of the book; in Winter, older couple that left the city to get away. It's a relaxing read, enjoyed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Starlet
  • SAN CARLOS, CA, United States
  • 02-07-14

A New Genre Adventure for Me

I loved the gentle tone of the narrator, and loved the beautiful, magical story about a child made of snow. This listen will stay with me for a long time. I was able to let myself be taken away by the fairy tale aspect and it’s so well written that the plot is not completely improbable. I have never read a fairytale based novel before but the review caught my attention. I just love listening to something new that turns out excellent. I looked forward to getting back to it every day.

The story took place in Alaska in the 1920’s and portrays the difficulty of a couple setting up a life there and as a listener I had no trouble
Imagining Alaska and the cabin they lived in with all of the hardships they seemed to endure -- that certainly bothered me more than it did the couple!! They did have the results of their child of snow
to carry them through……and that’s the story you will love.

Debra Monk did a fantastic job narrating; her voice fit the story perfectly.
The story was very well written and the author’s description of Alaska is amazing. I thought it was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator Drags The Story Down

What did you like best about The Snow Child? What did you like least?

Best: the good hearts of the charactersLeast: the narrator

What was most disappointing about Eowyn Ivey’s story?

The ending did not make sense to me. If this is indicative of a "Russion fairy tale", I am not much of a fan.

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator with more expression in the vocals would have done wonders for this bleak story. Or maybe it was the narrator that was bleak.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

Poor choice in narrator. She had a pleasant voice, but she read very flat and blah. I kept thinking it would improve. It did not.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful