The Which Way Tree

Narrated by: Will Collyer
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who braves the dangers of the Texas frontier to avenge her mother's death

Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther savagely attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half-brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred.

Narrated in Benjamin's beguilingly plainspoken voice, The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha's unshakeable resolve to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death. In their quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with troubled family ties to the preacher and a score to settle.

In the tradition of the great pursuit narratives, The Which Way Tree is a breathtaking saga of one steadfast girl's revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast. Yet with the comedic undertones of Benjamin's storytelling, it is also a timeless tale full of warmth and humor, and a testament to the enduring love that carries a sister and brother through a perilous adventure with all the dimensions of a legend.

©2018 Elizabeth Crook (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The Which Way Tree is one part Track of the Cat, one part True Grit, and one part Tom Sawyer, a ruthless pedigree for a novel that displays human nature in its most beautiful form - a marvel." (Craig Johnson, New York Times best-selling author of The Western Star, a Walt Longmire mystery)

"When I began to read this book its unique voice appealed to me immediately. Elizabeth Crook has written a beautiful novel with wonderful characters." (Robert Duvall)

"Poignant and plainspoken...Crook crafts Benjamin's narration beautifully, finding a winning balance between naivete and wisdom, thoughtfulness and grit." (Publishers Weekly)

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Wonderful

It seems to me that this book was written to be read aloud. I was totally sucked into the story and listened to the whole book in one day. It was so unique from other books that afterwards I needed to take a break from Audible for a few days and listen to podcasts. There just was no other book I tried after finishing this one that satisfied the storytelling my brain had gotten used to. It's really quite wonderful and I think it will stay with you.

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An Imaginative Tale, Well Told

It's been a long time since I've enjoy a story this much. The story of the panther hunt is unique. The characters engaged in the hunt are real and relatable. While not actually a 'Christian' story, I appreciate that the Christian characters are depicted as true to those values, something rarely seen in books, movies, and TV these days. I loved the expressions of the main character and story teller, reflecting the language usage of the time and place. And the narrator's performance of that language and voices of the other characters was exceptional.

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Great narration

I enjoyed this story, but it was VERY similar to "The Thicket" by Joe R. Lansdale. ( and its one of my favorite Audible books ever). So, if you enjoy this one, I highly recommend "The Thicket". Will Collyer narrates both, and maybe that is why they seem so similar to me ? Does anyone else find the two stories so similar ? ( just wondering).

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Great story, tragic and yet heartwarming.

I highly recommend this book to all. I finished within 24 hours! a fabulous read.

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What a great book!

I enjoyed this Audible book so much that I finished it very quickly. Not only is it a great book, the narrator is fantastic! Highly recommended.

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A Must Read!

Wow! I loved this book so much! The story was captivating, the characters were raw and real and the life lessons were powerful. I haven’t felt this connected to a fictional character since Holden Caulfield. I’m going to miss having Benjamin in my life! I highly recommend listening to it on Audible. Will Collyer’s performance was fabulous.

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McMurtry meets True Grit and Goodby to a River

Well conceived and written - truly moving in it’s ending. One that I suspect I’ll revisit many times.

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Spellbinding Tale

You cannot put this book down. The quest of two teenage half siblings to seek revenge after a panther attack leads them into many dire circumstances. They are resilience and survival skills are amazing. The characters they meet along the way are also very interesting and colorful.

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Beautifully written and performed

This story is powerful and interesting. The words flow detailing life of a young boy and his sister. I felt as if I were with them on their journey!

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wow!

this is now my all time new favorite book! I love the action and the ending!