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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendell Berry Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. A Place on Earth resonates with variations played on themes of change; looping transitions from war into peace, winter into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, lost into found. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/12/2014

    " Another fine novel by Wendell Berry. This is an early novel in the Port William series. Berry does much of the "setting up" for the novels to follow. Berry has an interesting perspective on community that I think needs discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale Neal | 2/1/2014

    " Perhaps my favorite book by Berry. I am in awe of his lyrical movements and how he shaped and revised his novel so many times over the years, trying to get it just right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilee | 1/30/2014

    " this was my introduction to wendell berry, so it's still the one i return to most often "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pastor Ben | 1/28/2014

    " What I particularly liked about this book, and Berry in general, is that he portrays the reality of decent people's struggles. He isn't creating caricatures, nor is he showing "the dark side." Both of those things are too dualistic. The struggles that decent people have is intimately related to who they actually are, not some "other." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Erickson | 1/27/2014

    " I almost quit reading after 20 pages--too desultory and staid. I am glad I staid (pun intended) with it. His descriptions of the inner workings of the heart and mind are exemplary. I was surprised and impressed, not having read much of Berry bfore. I liked it Berry much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Sheesley | 1/21/2014

    " This book starts out slowly, but grows, and by the end is very moving. I cried. It's like a good meal that gets better with each bite. My only issue with Berry's writing in general, and in this book, is that it is heavy on content and in my opinion could use a little more artistry of form. He knows what he wants to say and it comes through clearly in the ideas and narrative, but it lacks the lyricism of some writers who make me swoon with well formed sentences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corine | 1/19/2014

    " Wendell Berry is a slow, delightful read. I love about anything I've read that he has written. This book is about a few families in a farming community in the 1930's. Some of my friends find his books slow. Admittedly, I am connected to the farm setting and see the characters in the book that I know in Idaho, and so I'm sure that is what draws me in. It is also refreshing to read beautiful writing about decent people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paddy | 1/19/2014

    " A fine novel, I've only read Berry's poetry before now. Listening to it may have improved it for me since the reader did a good job and the Kentucky speech and small-town life remind me so much of my hometown in East Tennessee. Lovely writing, real-life characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/17/2014

    " I tried to read this and was overwhelmed by the wordiness of the book. It was too detailed in descriptions and told from a first person, present perspective which I found very difficult to get into. I've heard it's a fabulous book, I guess I'm not patient enough to read through the detailed jargon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Weleski | 1/8/2014

    " I like the picture of community when neighbors still helped neighbors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/24/2013

    " Oh! All of Wendell Berry's books about Port William are WONDERFUL! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Shiffrin | 12/13/2013

    " A beautifully written book that vividly evokes a community, individuals and their relationship to the land and the world around them. Need to read more of Berry's novels and non-fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/11/2013

    " Yet another glimpse of life in Port William, Kentucky, as told through Mat, Hannah's first father-in-law. Berry's prose is beautiful, though this story was more melancholy than my favorite, Hannah Coulter and explored some darker sides of WWII's effects on the people in Port William. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/10/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. Wendell's sense of stewardship of the land and connections between people over time is profound. I read this and felt like the folks from Port William were more my hometown folks than the ones I actually grew up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/14/2013

    " 4.5 stars. Not an easy novel in get into--the pace and rhythm take some getting used to--but one to luxuriate in. Slow-moving and hypnotically beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean Brodhag | 9/18/2013

    " More great Berry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 8/18/2013

    " This book made me feel good, affirmed in the simple goodness of humanity. Hated for it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 2/2/2013

    " A beautiful book, a warm collection of interwoven stories. Sense of place, peaceful rhythm, beautiful descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 1/17/2013

    " I really liked Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry and wanted to read more of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 4/20/2012

    " It took some time for me to get engaged with this book but it was worth it. The story is a beautiful portrait of interactions of people with each other and their land in ww2 era rural America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/5/2012

    " about life in Kentucky "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/28/2012

    " Excellent book: a meditation upon the gift of sabbath rest in the midst of life's persistent losses "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misha | 9/15/2011

    " A slice of life in a rural farm town that is so beautifully written. I love everything I've read by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki | 3/25/2011

    " A quiet masterpiece "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 3/20/2011

    " This is probably the most simple and beautiful love story ever written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paddy | 3/3/2011

    " A fine novel, I've only read Berry's poetry before now. Listening to it may have improved it for me since the reader did a good job and the Kentucky speech and small-town life remind me so much of my hometown in East Tennessee. Lovely writing, real-life characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 1/2/2011

    " Excellent book: a meditation upon the gift of sabbath rest in the midst of life's persistent losses "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/27/2010

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. Wendell's sense of stewardship of the land and connections between people over time is profound. I read this and felt like the folks from Port William were more my hometown folks than the ones I actually grew up with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 8/6/2010

    " A beautiful book, a warm collection of interwoven stories. Sense of place, peaceful rhythm, beautiful descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 5/19/2010

    " Another fine novel by Wendell Berry. This is an early novel in the Port William series. Berry does much of the "setting up" for the novels to follow. Berry has an interesting perspective on community that I think needs discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 3/25/2010

    " I really liked Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry and wanted to read more of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 3/1/2010

    " I actually read the original 1967 version, not the 1983 revision, and loved every paragraph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilydodge | 2/16/2010

    " I enjoy books without a real "plot" but instead just about real life. This book uses the land a lot and I enjoyed it. It makes me want to farm and live in Kentucky. I also cared about the characters. Not a thriller, just a book to be read at a leisurely pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dixie | 10/12/2009

    " Just reread this and appreciated it all over again. A beautiful book. Captures the essence of the characters and the time and place they lived near the end of WWII. A beautiful story of community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 9/13/2009

    " It took some time for me to get engaged with this book but it was worth it. The story is a beautiful portrait of interactions of people with each other and their land in ww2 era rural America. "

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