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Walk on Earth a Stranger Audiobook

Walk on Earth a Stranger

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Publisher's Summary

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend - who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California - where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

©2015 Rae Carson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    elenne 10-11-15
    elenne 10-11-15
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    "Better than expected"

    I hesitated on spending my credit . A girl disguised as a boy and the western theme is not a story I would normally want to read. But I loved Rae Carson Fire and Thorns series so I had to give this a try. Wow, Rae Carson does it again! Well written, with another strong and likeable heroine. The detail and vivid description made the story so real. Who knew wagons traveling to California could be so interesting. Once I started listening, I could not stop. Engaging story and one of the best narration I''ve heard. Great start to a series, book #2 is going to be even better.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 09-09-16
    Anna 09-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, beautifully narrated"

    Loved this pioneer story with a supernatural twist. It was just enough western for me and man, can Rae Carson tell a story. The narrator is excellent: perfect fit for the main character and does the different voices convincingly, without jarring you out of the story. I don't think it could have been read better. Looking forward to book 2!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-22-16
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "suprisingly good"

    First time author for me, in fact, the author was a surprise. When I bought the book all I saw was the title, which looked interesting, and I read the summary, which also looked intriguing and liking to try new authors I went ahead and made the purchase. In researching the author I see she lives in Arizona, graduated from college although I couldn't determine what college, and she calls herself nerdy. So I'll go with that.

    The story starts out in the late 1840's in Georgia. I don't think I ever knew there was a gold rush in Georgia that played out quickly. Then gold was discovered in California and a mass exodus of Americans from all over heads west looking for gold began. The protagonist of the story turns out to be a very resilient 16 year old girl who has a knack for finding gold. After her parents are murdered in Georgia she sets out to California and the bulk of the story is that trek, the people and the hardships she encountered.

    This supposedly is the first book in a trilogy and the second book isn't out yet. I wouldn't typically buy a book with a 16 year old heroine but I did enjoy the story.

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    Kindle Customer 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A smashing hit with a great narrator!"

    I had the pleasure of listening to this audio and loved it. I really enjoyed the story and the main character Leah or Lee. Leah is able to witch up gold and when her parents are murdered by her uncle, he wants to use her ability to make him rich. She decides to runaway and head west for the gold rush in California. She finds out that you need to trust a few people and you can make your own family. I loved how developed the characters are. You feel really connected to each one of them. You want them to fail and succeed. It is quite the experience. I liked the way the setting was described and I felt transplanted back to the 1800's. Now the narrator was fantastic. She is one of the best narrators I have ever heard. I look forward to reading or listening to the rest of the series when it becomes available

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kachiri 03-05-16
    Kachiri 03-05-16
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    "Lovely Western Tale"

    It's nice to listen too the tales old Western from this young ladies point of view. She is a noble character. I hope there is more to this young woman's story. It was difficult to distinguish the male voices.

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    Stephanie Carder 11-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book!"

    Love this author!! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Great narration too.

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    B.A. Wilson Missouri 10-14-17
    B.A. Wilson Missouri 10-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Your Oxen Has Died"

    If you ever played Oregon Trail growing up, then you need to run right out and read this book. This fantasy novel has many other great qualities, including interesting characters, social commentary on the historical time period, a touch of magic in a protagonist who has the ability to sense gold, and a terrible villain who murders, steals, enslaves, and covets without even a hint of remorse.

    Anyone who loved Oregon Trail will find things to love in this dangerous adventure West, away from evil and towards gold. The concept alone is a chocolate cupcake filled with sweet cream, and the rest of the story is the frosting.

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    Katpen5 Mesa, AZ 08-12-17
    Katpen5 Mesa, AZ 08-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "In my opinion..."

    The best writers can create a compelling story without lacing the text with expletives and sexual scenes. Rae Carson did that brilliantly. I was engaged from start to finish and felt the story was authentic for its time. Swear words were extremely minimal and love flourished sweetly & innocently without being cheesy.

    The story itself is very intriguing- a bit of magic in the Wild West.

    I loved the ending scene and could easily picture it on the big screen someday.

    Where this story lacked was with the narration. The narrator's voice would get craggily a lot. Maybe that was the idea. But I felt that all voices sounded the same. Again, maybe that was the intention? At the start of a chapter her voice was pleasant and clear. By the end of a chapter, I desperately wanted to give her a drink of water.

    Still, I enjoyed this immensely. Can't wait for the next volume and looking forward to discovering more from Rae Carson

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    Satch 01-18-17
    Satch 01-18-17
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    A little quick to wrap up the villain in the end . Pleasant read. Wonder if this is start to sequel

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    LCF 01-07-17
    LCF 01-07-17
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    "Sequel is just as good!"

    This book is incredible. I've read the bitter kingdom series by Rae Carson and this is NOTHING like it. But in a good way! She shows depth here. This book has been researched and everything is incredibly accurate in a historical sense. This is a whole new world all together. A real one. OUR world, but Lee is a magical creature in it. I'm so impressed by Rae's depth in terms of stories and new work. The only thing I don't like is that the narrator is using her deepened voice for the male characters. It's hard to take them seriously. I wish they'd allow male voices for the male characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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