If the Creek Don't Rise

Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A strikingly sincere portrait of a town and its buried secrets from an outstanding new voice in southern fiction.

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for 15 days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy's wife.

As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don't Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

©2017 Leah Weiss (P)2017 Recorded Books

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The story never fully evolved

The performances were great but as each character is performed your expecting this great mystery or climax. Then it ends with no true mystery or plot. Not the worst book I’ve ever read but with such detail in the character building one one expected way more storyline. It’s as though the author became tired so just said I’ll end it here.
Not the worst but very far from the best.

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Multiple character narrative.

This was a first person narrative by multiple characters (at least 8) that didn't follow much of an overall story line, but instead gave a telling of life in the backwoods of the Appalachian mountains. It was quite dreary most of the way through but had interesting characters that kept me going.

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Fantastic narration

I liked the story line, but really loved the spoken word. Each persons personality came through so clear with the inflection and drawl of their voice. From Sadie to Billy to Kate to Birdy....all wonderfully performed!

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Of the creek don't rise

Could have better ending? Would like to know what happened to some of the charters

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Didn't care at all for this book

Sorry to those who might have liked this book but I found it intolerable, so much so that 5 hours into it I am returning it. When it first started I thought it was going to be a good book but the longer I went on the less I liked it. Most of the characters are so one sided and hateful that it just wasn't enjoyable.

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Wow

Very interesting. Different perspective on a way of life. The end.... jaw drops . Absolutely enjoyed and was surprised I did.

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Struggled to finish this book<br /><br />

The story line was all over the place. There were characters that had no place in the story. Just when the story settled on a couple of characters, it was over suddenly. I don't recommend this book.

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What? That was the end??

Good story. Disappointing ending. No sensible conclusion for several of the main characters.Felt like there has got to be a sequel, or the author forgot to write the last 3 chapters!

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Not much to this

Honestly don’t waste your money or time. I kept waiting for something to happen then, before you know it, you’re 1/2 way done and nothing!!

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Lacking

This was entertaining at points, but feel flat. No real story line. No character development. I enjoyed the different points of view, it that it about it.