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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Olive Ann Burns Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cold Sassy Tree is the undeniably entertaining and extraordinarily moving account of small-town Southern life in a bygone era. Brimming with characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Olive Ann Burns’ charming tale is a classic.

One thing you could depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, was that word got around—fast. If the preacher’s wife’s petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson—a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee. On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy’s adventures began, and an unimpeachably pious town came to life.

As the newlyweds’ chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his renegade grandfather’s second adolescence. Meanwhile, Will does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it, and he kisses his first girl and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, Southern romance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best portraits of small-town Southern life ever written.”

    Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Rich with emotion, humor, and tenderness.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “No less than brilliant!”

    Boston Globe

  • “One beautiful book. Better than To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    Shirley Abbott, award-winning author

  • “Exuberant, funny, touching.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A winner! This classic of Southern mores, coming of age, and abiding love is told with care and verve…Sympathy, appreciation, and understanding make [Gardner’s] presentation…as much a pleasure to hear as it is to read.”


  • “An effervescent novel… [Grover Gardner’s] enlightened reading greatly enhances the emotive effect…Rich in characterization and dialogue, this novel is well-suited to the audio format; [Grover Gardner] superbly conveys this great wealth. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Full of humor and Twainesque adventures, the story is replete with a wonderful mix of characters and the trappings of turn-of-the-century life. Narrator [Grover Gardner] is perfectly cast.”

    Library Journal

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner in 1993

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Naomi Bodway | 2/20/2014

    " This is one of my top 5 favorites of all time! A coming of age, family saga, told through the eyes of a 12 year old boy. Grandma has just passed away, and Grandpa announces "she is as dead as she is ever going to be!"....we are allowed to watch the extended family deal with all the ensuing issues in a most intimate way, through Will Tweedy's eyes, and the vision is priceless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allyson Neighbors | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book! Will Tweedy as narrator stole my heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/31/2014

    " The last 100 pages was where stuff finally started happening! Too bad I had to read the 300 before that. It was a nice story, but it was a little too long for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alice-Anne | 1/28/2014

    " loved this book. my husband really liked it, too. (btw: this was an audiobk for me and the narrator was awesome). I first thought it was just a book of funny stories but it developed into many deeper subjects and left me thinking after the book ended. oh, and i adore the characters. "

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