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The Snow Child Audiobook

The Snow Child

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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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    Breena Soldotna, AK, United States 09-09-12
    Breena Soldotna, AK, United States 09-09-12
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    "Well read and written"
    Would you listen to The Snow Child again? Why?

    This was my first audible book and I really enjoyed it. Debra Monk did a fantastic job narrating, her voice fit the story perfectly. The story was very well written and Eowyn Ivey's description of Alaska is amazing. I live in Soldotna, Alaska and every description of the seasons and the landscape really made me appreciate where I live. I thought it was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Esther- she was so light hearted and really warmed the story up.


    Which character – as performed by Debra Monk – was your favorite?

    Esther- Monk did a great job of bringing her personality to life.


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

    I looked forward to listening every morning and I truly did enjoy it.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 09-27-12
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Is it real or a fairy tale?"

    We start off with a couple in their 50's, Mabel and Jack, homesteaders in Alaska during the 1920's. The beginning starts off bleak as the dream of homesteading has turned into a cabin fever nightmare. The couple are growing apart instead of bonding. As the story progresses, a snowman made to look like a young blond girl turns into the real thing within days. Is the girl real or a fairy tale similar to Mabel's favorite story growing up?

    As the Snow Child, named Faina, comes alive in the story, she brings happiness and anticipation to the lives of Mabel and Jack. From that point on, the story builds where circumstances cause Mabel to become much more involved in the running of the farm -- to the significant improvement in her well being. Some additional characters are introduced that are interesting and keep the story moving well. I absolutely loved Esther, their neighbor.

    My only complaint is that the story was just getting better and better, and then the ending became predictable and not as strong as the rest of the story. But I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves unique stories with lots to think about. I loved learning more about homesteading and Alaska.

    The narrator did a very good job with the story. I look forward to this author's second book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    anna t BALLWIN, MO, US 01-07-13
    anna t BALLWIN, MO, US 01-07-13

    Anna

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    "Poorly edited and poorly written"
    What was most disappointing about Eowyn Ivey’s story?

    The first half of the story was intriguing but it turns into a sappy romance novel for the entire second half which is not what the description implied. It was also poorly edited and the author could have told the same story in half the time/words.


    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Pegeen 03-23-14
    Pegeen 03-23-14

    reading is pure joy

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    "like waiting for snow to melt"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    flat narrator's voice was not invested in the magical fairy tale aspects. Good try on the story -- some creative interesting parts, too many boring parts. Ironically it was the "real" parts which did not seem believable to me. Time is not carefully consistent; money is scarce but pies are made with the last of flour -- but then more pies. Really boring if no edge/conflict to these problems.


    What could Eowyn Ivey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Either MORE magical evocations -- or less. Like MacBeth she is half way across the commitment to the supernatural, but does not really trust her own construct of a fairy tale.Read Winter's Tale (NOT the movie!) for the lyrical use of fantasy and magic .Or even better 100 Years of Solitude.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom -- interspersed with some really intersting parts.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KP Oakland, CA 09-15-13
    KP Oakland, CA 09-15-13 Member Since 2016

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "Magical and Beautiful!"

    This book is enchanting and beautiful! It ranks as one of my favorites of the year. The only other one that comes close is Beautiful Ruins. I feel like I’ve been wrapped in a different world and it is really hard to disentangle myself! I didn’t want it to end.

    The book is like a magical fairy tale. At first I thought the element of magic was meant only as a way to make Jack and Mabel, the older couple in the story, happy again. However, as the book progressed, I could see that it was not only for this purpose but to help Mabel, and the reader, appreciate and love the absolute beauty and truth inherent in nature. Mabel goes from hardly leaving her cabin in Alaska to appreciating in an almost worshipful way the beauty, wildness, and freedom of their life in Alaska.

    Faina, the fairy-like girl in this book, represents nature in all its beauty and wildness. Faina, and nature, essentially can’t be tamed, controlled, or changed. Her essence is wild; that’s who she is. Mabel, and the reader, come to understand and appreciate that as the book moves along.

    The author does a fantastic job of examining the relationship of the main couple, Jack and Mabel. That part is totally realistic, well-written and nuanced and is a great balance to the other-worldly nature of Faina and her story. I love the scene in the beginning when they are so estranged and yet they find an intimate time together out in the snow.


    “Wait,” she said. “Let’s make a snowman.”

    “What?”

    “A snowman. It’s perfect. Perfect snow for a snowman.” He hesitated. He was tired. It was late. They were too old for such nonsense. There were a dozen reasons not to, Mabel knew, but instead he set the lantern back in the snow.

    “All right,” he said. There was reluctance in the hang of his head, but he pulled off his leather work gloves. He took her cheek in his bare hand, and with his thumb wiped melted snow from beneath her eye. “All right.”
    (p. 43)

    Just the description of brushing the melted snow from his wife’s cheek actually had me tearing up with the intimacy of the gesture. That’s when I started appreciating her writing.

    I love the way the author weaves her book in and around an old Russian fairy tale. The book was just the right combination of magical suggestion and reality. Reading about how Eowyn, the author, came upon the story and just knew that this old story would inhabit her new novel was magical in itself. I could hardly believe this was her first novel. When I see her picture, she looks so young and innocent. It is so fitting that she lives in Alaska and has experienced some of the wild life that Faina represents. Her wedding picture on Facebook made me think of Faina a little bit ☺

    Is Faina real? What a marvelous ambivalence is drawn around this question. The story can be read literally to say that Faina is human and flesh and blood. However, there are so many magical references and so much symbolism relating to her close relationship with the snow, the cold, and the wild creatures, that the reader is never entirely sure of just where Faina stands. The ending, too, has some slight ambivalence. I was left wanting to know more about what happened to Faina, even as I understood it at a deeper level.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 06-14-13
    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.

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    "interesting but contrived"
    Any additional comments?

    The story and the setting were interesting and kept me coming back daily however it was too far-fetched in the end to be anything other than fantasy. Fantasy is ok but not my favorite genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 05-08-13
    Amber 05-08-13

    I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.

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    "Is she real?"

    This story wavered back and forth for me. At times, I was annoyed with the main characters, Jack and Mabel, and at other times I was captivated with the storyline. So, this book was at times a 3 star and at times a 4 star. Even though this book centers around the "snow child", I felt that it was really about the personal growth of Jack and Mabel and in making their relationship and lives come full circle. Jack and Mabel move to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920's and I believe they are in their 50's at the time. Mabel suffered a miscarriage and I feel that this change of scenery is a way to move on with their lives after this immense disappointment of not being able to have children. Of all the characters in the book, Jack and Mabel are the most uninteresting. Mabel bellyaches regularly and doesn't always speak up for herself and Jack doesn't really communicate his feelings and thoughts. I felt like it took a while for Ivey to introduce the snow child, but once she did the story picks up and becomes more entertaining. I especially liked the way Ivey kept me wondering about what was real and what was magic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-16-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "A very enjoyable listen!"

    I really loved this book. It is what I would call' magical realism.' It was beautifully written and in addition, Debra Monk did a stellar job of narrating it. I felt like I was right there in Alaska with the two families.
    While the ending was not as uplifting as I hoped, I think it was the logical way for the author to go and it did not disappoint me at all. I felt satisfied after I was done. I would definitely read another book either written by Eowyn Ivey or narrated by Debra Monk.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lit Chick 04-01-13
    Lit Chick 04-01-13

    Litchick

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    "Real or Imagined?"

    I really enjoyed this book. Our book group got a lot of discussion from this novel. The descriptions were amazing. We felt like we could feel the snow!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-18-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Magic and Mystery in Alaskan Wilderness"

    Just finished listening to The Snow Child . . . LOVED IT . . . a mixture of reality of the harshness of the Alaska wilderness and life there in the 1920s, the heartbreak of a childless couple . . . intertwined with the storybook magic of a snow girl come to life . . . if you have a love of fairy tales and a bit whimsy within you . . . don't miss this one . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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