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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendell Berry Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Berry opens this latest installment of the Port William series with young Andy Catlett preparing to visit a place he'd been to many times before, though this would be an adventure he will take very seriously.

Nine years old, Andy embarks on the trip by bus, alone for the first time. He decides it will be a rite of passage and his first step into manhood. Sometimes a handful at home, Andy was a good boy when visiting his Grandparents' houses, and he looked forward to the little spoiling certain to come his way.

A beautiful short novel, this book is a perfect introduction into the whole world of Port William and will be as well a new chapter for those already familiar with this rich unfolding story. 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 Maggie | 2/17/2014

    " This was my first introduction to Wendell Berry with a book I borrowed from my parents. It was like wrapping up with a warm blanket in front of a toasty fire - warm, comforting, soothing, slow, and savory. It was not action-packed by any means but rather reflective and calmingly slow-moving. It is the story of a young boy's first journey by himself to visit both sets of his grandparents in Port William, Kentucky. The story is told by the old man he has grown into looking back and remembering this time. Like some books are "beach reads", this book is a "log cabin read". I will read more of Wendell Berry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shrader | 2/16/2014

    " Short and simple yet powerful and profound. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Herbert | 2/10/2014

    " Delightful. I'm never dissapointed with anything I read by WB. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/5/2014

    " This one covered about a week in Andy's life when he's 9 years old. The writing is still excellent, but I didn't find as much to identify with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toothy_grin | 2/5/2014

    " A young boy sets out on his own to visit both of his grandparents' places. Rural Kentucky, 1940s, so far from today's world, for most of us, in time and distance, and we see it through Berry's eyes, with love and longing. Another gem in the Port William masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poiema | 2/1/2014

    " This is a short book but begs to be slowly savored. It is a reminisce, Andy Catlett looking back at a visit with his Grandparents during the WWII era. When he stepped off the train to be greeted by his kin, Andy was stepping from an aspiring business community back into a rural centered way of living. It is written with a tinge of sadness, as the mature Andy recalls a way of life that is forever gone. There's no real plot or action in this novel, rather, it is a study in personalities. Each character etched in Andy's memory is introduced thoughtfully, their foibles and traits and interactions painted skillfully with words as clear as paint on canvas. The telling is woven with the wisdom that can only come from maturity and the vantage point of years. Wendell Berry sprinkles his wonderful poetic language sparingly; never so much fluff but robust and substantial in a way fitting to the sturdy and hardworking agrarian folk he describes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/15/2014

    " Listened to it and think I would have enjoyed it more if I have read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 1/8/2014

    " Another great Wendell Berry book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 12/14/2013

    " Another wise and lovely novel by Wendell Berry. He never fails to move me and teach me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olive Chan | 12/12/2013

    " A short and pleasant read. My favourite part was a passage in which Andy reflects on the nature of time and death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Ferrari | 11/28/2013

    " An interesting book given to me by a friend. It was especially interesting to read now was it takes place near Louisville and we just returned from a trip there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Farley | 6/27/2013

    " A sweet and precious little book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 5/5/2013

    " Oh my gosh! I finished a book! Nice, easy read winter read - like drinking warm milk. And what made it better was reading it in Kentucky at Christmastime - just like in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Buzzell | 1/27/2013

    " Enjoyed this! It gave me a glimpse of the small town boyhood of my own father. The simple direct writing is true and good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina M | 12/22/2012

    " Wendell Berry is an expert. I had the opportunity to hear him speak around this time also, and he is extremely interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Tucker | 10/15/2012

    " I love being introduced to a new author and finding out that I do indeed love the book--the story, the style, the approach, etc. I am now going to check out another one of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 8/10/2012

    " Another good book in the Port William series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 7/19/2012

    " Enjoyed the fine prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattieb | 5/19/2012

    " got bogged down in occasional preaching, but otherwise a perfect painting of a time and place "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 11/30/2011

    " Low-key novel that led me to reflect on the impact and influence my community and family had on me as I was growing up...how much of who I am is rooted back then and there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Johnson | 7/20/2011

    " This is a little preachier than his other novels, but since I agree with his criticisms and observations, mostly, I didn't mind it. I don't know how younger people would like this, but I was warmed by the nostalia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 7/13/2011

    " Wendell Berry is a delightful read. He is a Kentucky author who I learned about on NPR and wanted to read since I was going to be in Kentucky. He has a very thoreauian view of the land and has a strong sense of American family values. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 5/30/2011

    " Listened to it and think I would have enjoyed it more if I have read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 8/9/2010

    " Another wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. Berry tells a timeless story of life in the 40's in rural America.

    Definitely recommend this book to anyone.

    simply,

    Tim "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 7/25/2010

    " Wendell Berry is an expert. I had the opportunity to hear him speak around this time also, and he is extremely interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 3/18/2010

    " Another good book in the Port William series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olive | 9/21/2009

    " A short and pleasant read. My favourite part was a passage in which Andy reflects on the nature of time and death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 8/20/2009

    " Enjoyed this! It gave me a glimpse of the small town boyhood of my own father. The simple direct writing is true and good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 6/16/2009

    " Wendell Berry is a delightful read. He is a Kentucky author who I learned about on NPR and wanted to read since I was going to be in Kentucky. He has a very thoreauian view of the land and has a strong sense of American family values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/9/2009

    " This one covered about a week in Andy's life when he's 9 years old. The writing is still excellent, but I didn't find as much to identify with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/22/2009

    " Oh my gosh! I finished a book! Nice, easy read winter read - like drinking warm milk. And what made it better was reading it in Kentucky at Christmastime - just like in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toothy_grin | 11/18/2008

    " A young boy sets out on his own to visit both of his grandparents' places. Rural Kentucky, 1940s, so far from today's world, for most of us, in time and distance, and we see it through Berry's eyes, with love and longing. Another gem in the Port William masterpiece. "

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