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3.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 5 3.14 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wayne Caldwell Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781436116312
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Debut novelist Wayne Caldwell’s Cataloochee—a rich, vivid, arresting work beginning at the dawn of Reconstruction—sprawls across the succeeding generations like the vast green mountains of its rural North Carolina setting. Bestselling author Charles Frazier calls it “a brilliant portrait of a community and a way of life long gone, a lost America.” This enthralling saga evokes the full color spectrum of mountain life, from lights to darks and every shade in between.

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  • “Caldwell writes with lyricism, precision, a hint of the gothic, and a sweet underlying humor that together makes his long story crackle and move. He captures the physical look and the rich language of this breathtaking mountainous country, and puts before us vivid new versions of an American type—hard, stoic, at home in isolation, courageous, pious, and strong—that is still an essential component of how we see ourselves.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “That the central conflict of the novel—a patricide—does not arise until well near the end speaks to the strength of the rest of this sprawling saga, wherein moments of inspired tenderness abut moments of unspeakable vileness…Throughout, Caldwell’s prose weathers the bountiful yet perilous land with the measured resolve of an old folk balladeer.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A meandering and diverting collection of tangential yarns, Caldwell’s debut will find a spot on many readers’ shelves near Charles Frazier’s Thirteen Moons.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lovely and gently captivating…Caldwell resists the pull of nostalgia and roamnce, too, and he refuses to turn his characters into colorful, country-fried caricatures. They do speak in dialect, but it’s not a gimmick, and Caldwell’s narration is a beautifully modulated echo of their bluntly musical locution. The author also gives his character plenty of room to amble and grow, and they become the kind of people the reader misses when the last page is turned. A wonderful novel, and a first-rate debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[Scott Sowers’] vernacular tone holds fast throughout, and his character portrayals help listeners imagine a place where people are land wise and world ignorant, where they are born and die in a community that imagines it will go on forever.”


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About the Narrator

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense. He is the winner of seven Earphones Awards.