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Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1907, The Shepherd of the Hills is Harold Bell Wright's most famous work. In The Shepherd of the Hills, Wright spins a tale of universal truths across the years to the modern-day reader. His Eden in the Ozarks has a bountiful share of life's enchantments, but is not without its serpents. While Wright rejoices in the triumphs, grace, and dignity of his characters, he has not naively created a pastoral fantasyland where the pure at heart are spared life's struggles and pains. Refusing to yield to the oft-indulged temptation of painting for the reader the simple life of country innocents, Wright forthrightly shows the passions and the life-and-death struggles that go on even in the fairest of environments that man invades. The shepherd, an elderly, mysterious, learned man, escapes the buzzing restlessness of the city to live in the backwoods neighborhood of Mutton Hollow in the Ozark hills. There he encounters Jim Lane, Grant Matthews, Sammy, Young Matt, and other residents of the village, and gradually learns to find a peace about the losses he has borne and has yet to bear. Through the shepherd and those around him, Wright assembles here a gentle and utterly masterful commentary on strength and weakness, failure and success, tranquility and turmoil, and punishment and absolution. This tale of life in the Ozarks continues to draw thousands of devotees to outdoor performances in Branson, Missouri, where visitors can also see the cabin where the real Old Matt and Aunt Mollie lived.

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A great story

Far better than the movie. Wish they would make a movie that follows the book.

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A classic!

Very well read. A to read again and again . One of Wrights many great works

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Better than the movie

The Shepherd Of The Hills is one of my favorite movies. Now that I have listened to the book, I have to say that the movie didn't do the book any justice. I guess the story line may have been a little provocative for a movie audience at the time. Still, both are going to be favorites of mine.

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Great book. Good reading-while we drove home

Visited branson and became aware of the book on our trip really enjoyed it while we drove home

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Exquisite Tale of Life in Ozarks

I had never heard of this book before . . . and boy, was I missing out. Seldom have I come across a story so well written, the depth of which I will be pondering for a long time. Like looking at a painting, from several different angles, and seeing something different each time, this tale explores the physical beauty of the Ozark mountains, as well as the hard scrabble lives of those who have lived there over the decades. I loved the language in the book, which evidenced the people's lack of education (book learning) yet clearly displayed their common sense. The open hearts as they received their visitor and allowed him access into their homes and lives was a badge of their character. Humility and grace are interwoven into this tale, so skillfully, that one may not even notice it at first. Yet it is not without pain or real life consequences. This is a book that I will certainly revisit, time and again. Don't miss it.

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Enchanting book

Enchanting story, of the beauty of God's world and the people who see the beauty.. Much better than the movie.

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Great story that I go back and read or listen to

I have always loved this story and its lessons of life. The reader did a good job of portraying each character.

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loved it

What a great story. My grandparents lived in those very hills most of my life and it's a gift to hear this story of how it was before the show business of Branson came to be. This will forever be one of my favorites books.

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Good read to enlightenment

The writer captures the truthfulness of character, moral values, in a riveting at times and still poetry poise warped in honorable twists of fortune of entertaining country families.
While the book elevates heroes in valor of victorious lived life. Truly a classic to be reread again and again.

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Just like being there!

Listening to this audio book was just like watching the live drama in Branson Mo!