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Much has been made of the story's homage to The Odyssey, the origins of which are found in an oral tradition. One can't help but hear echoes of Homer when listening to Frazier's soft, deliberate voice give life to his lyrical writing and to his understated, yet convincing rendering of the overwhelming events of war. Both Frazier's prose and reading are leisurely, recalling a slow foot pace. His delivery is uniquely suited to Innman's arduous, adventure-filled walk toward home and to the possibility of a reunion with Ada, the woman he loves. The author's reading does equal justice to Ada, who is being transformed by her struggle for survival on her father's farm. There is precious little dialogue, and Frazier makes no effort at acting out the characters.
One small irritation in the production is a beeping noise at the end of each side. Another minor complaint is that the tapes don't have individual boxes, which was perhaps an attempt to make the overall package appear more booklike. The recording does, however, make deft use of two brief musical interludes. In a subtle twist, the fiddle music that opens the first cassette, when repeated as an accompaniment to the epilogue, carries a bittersweet and unexpected resonance. By all means, forgive Random House Audio the tiny glitches, pass over that slender abridged version, and take home the real thing. This audiocassette is a journey that will leave few listeners unchanged by the experience. (Running time: 14.5 hours, 12 cassettes) --Naomi J. Cohn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A superb novel. Better than the movie, which also wonderful. Really harrowing story of the Civil War.
Definitely will reread in the futur.
good book obviously based on history and reviews. there was a piece that had personal meaning and would like to find out how to contact the author since his book and my history... Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Garner
A great novel, superb in its insight into human beings and bursting with poetic beauty. There's really nothing negative to say about it.Published 18 days ago by Benedict B.
I picked this up largely because I love anything to do with Appalachian history and I live pretty near where this book takes place. Read morePublished 19 days ago by EpicFehlReader
An intelligent, gripping and wonderfully told tale of characters about whom I truly came to care. Also a vivid picture of mid-19th century life against the background of the Civil... Read morePublished 26 days ago by John Foreman
This was an excellent novel that kept me up late reading, to eager to put it down. Overall it was not a challenging read but a good one at that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Franz
Not an easy read, but a decent story. My book club read it and everyone else seemed to like it more than I did, so it's worth trying, especially if you like historical fiction.Published 2 months ago by Lauren