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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This sprawling epic tale clocks in at 22 hours, but is well worth the time spent. Wroblewski captivates with a story of a young boy and his dogs cast into the wilderness after his father is murdered in rural Wisconsin. Richard Poe reads with a firm voice, both gripping and personal, fitting for this particular tale. Poe brings the story to life with such ease that listeners will forget they aren't actually reading the book. Steady pacing, realistic and imaginative characters and Poe's skilled performance make this a recording that (even at its length) listeners will want to hear again. This is an instant classic that will resonate for years to come. An Ecco hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 18).(Sept.)
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I am a bibliophile of the highest degree and as I race closer toward my 60th birthday, the realization that I will never be able to read every book that I desire is hitting home. My version of heaven would include opening my eyes to see my parents, my dogs and, of course, finding a Kindle in my hands. Oh, I'd also need two extra Kindles to place in their beloved hands with a menu showing "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle". But just in case my dreams don't come true, I now pick and choose the 100 books I will read each year with much care and consideration.
I was flabbergasted at the low ratings and reviews this magnificent book has received. If I could influence anyone to read this book I can truly say that this amazing story will fill you with the sense of wonder and glee a child would experience upon waking up one day to find she has the wings to fly. I don't write reviews as a rule because it takes away from my reading time, but seeing three stars next to this book pushed me to add my voice and vote.
I was drawn into the characters and the routines that kept them all together. Yet just as in any life, routines are broken. The unexpected disrupts the ordinary and choices are made. It's not always pretty. It's certainly not easy. All you can hope for is the best possible, which is seldom the best.
This was a great story. It was written with simple prose but rich in detail and feeling. It had realism, action, mystery, heartache and healing. It was satisfying in the truest sense and I believe this story will stay with me. I believe I will continue to wonder what the secret was, if it's what I think it is, if the right words were spoken.