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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,910 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Morgan Narrator: Jill Hill Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598872286
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After losing both her father and brother before turning 17, Julie faces fire, flood, grifters, sickness, and starvation with grim determination and remarkable stamina. By capturing the earthy details of rural life, including raw, riveting accounts of everything from hog slaughtering to childbirth, Robert Morgan weaves the human and the heroic that coexist in every individual.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dancerhjr | 2/16/2014

    " Great descriptive narrative in tongue. The language added to the feel of the story. Love those change of the century stories that remind me of just how much we take for granted. Can absolutely see it as a movie with such a great strong female lead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 2/16/2014

    " depressing...but realistic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolina Petersheim | 2/15/2014

    " This book left me heartsick and whole. Robert Morgan is a lyrical writer with an uncanny knack for making the young couple's numerous hardships and triumphs my own. I only wish there was a sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/15/2014

    " Very insightful for us women who work to erase our pain. Great descriptions of life during the early 1900's, what marriage meant at that time, how men were defined, and the true definition of strength, belief and pursuit. Good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 2/4/2014

    " A miserable book, just like Oprah loves. Everyone suffers more than believable or necessary. Just ends up being a book about suffering, and nothing else much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/30/2014

    " The author does a surprisingly great job narrating from a female perspective given he's male. I love the way the main character describes her experiences. Another WIN for nook's Free Fridays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristina Shaul | 1/28/2014

    " I really liked this book a lot, in fact I wished it hadn't already ended. I didn't give it 4 stars because the subject matter wasn't the kind of thing where you'd exclaim, "I LOVED IT," but I really, really liked it for the following reasons: the NC-mountain-language style, the in-depth development of the characters, the story and learning about that period in time, and the themes. Extremely well-written. This book would lend itself to a big discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 1/28/2014

    " the strongest character in this book is Julie. Her family depended on her and while she chaffed under the hard things she had to do- she did them. The book reminded me of the book of Job in the bible. So many disasters. A grim book. this was our library book club read for sept and a lot of people did not like it. especially one who said the grammer bothered her the most. I thought it fit the time and place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Affer | 1/27/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it many years ago and it stuck with me. I remember wanting my ffiends to read it and passing it along to a few of them. It ended up getting lost along the way and I could never remember the name of it again, but I knew it was one of Oprah's recommendations. Well, I just flipped through Oprah's list of 70 books and am so excited to find it again. This is the kind of book you want to read again, and I need to check out some more books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/17/2014

    " Enjoyed it--especially since Gap Creek is in the same area my sister lives in! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyra | 1/16/2014

    " Not a bad story, but I found it kind of depressing in a dry sort of way.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 1/12/2014

    " A wonderful story of survival - bound to become a classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/11/2014

    " Pretty easy read. At times the author is a little to descriptive for my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corie | 1/10/2014

    " A mindless read. I made no emotional connections to any of these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/27/2013

    " I like this book - makes you appreciate what you have today and the simple ways we can cook, clean, etc. The ending is a tear jerker - easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 12/18/2013

    " This book was good and kept me interested. Things would happen when not expected and change the way you thought about what was going to happen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 12/10/2013

    " One of the most depressing books I've ever read. From page to page, I kept wondering what other awful things could happen to this poor girl... then it would happen. UGH! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/4/2013

    " Awesome read! I crawled inside this book and struggled with what the characters were going through. I agonized with them but not with the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Rae | 9/26/2013

    " The beginning of this book took place probably two miles from where i used to live. pleasant surprise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 7/24/2013

    " REALLY did not like this book. Suffered through hoping it would surprise me and reconcile itself. It didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther Erickson | 5/7/2013

    " This book surprised me, the writing was very well done. It is a story of a quiet hard working woman and the first year of her marriage. The story is subtle but powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariam | 5/26/2012

    " I really loved it about a strong female character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 11/6/2011

    " Lots of detail on what it was like to be poor in late 1800s. Short read, but not all that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/6/2011

    " While I thought the main character had many redeeming qualities, I wanted more from her. I wanted her to find a way to support her family while her husband could not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Ulrey | 7/12/2011

    " Fits beautifully in the genre of the pioneer, hard-working American books I obsessively read as a kid and YA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " This is a story I didn't expect to love, and though it had me grinding my teeth at their continued, prolonged, everlasting struggles, it moved me.

    Points, too, for the hog butchering scene. It was disgusting, poignant, and enough to make me eschew pork. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 5/17/2011

    " OK, not great! To many repeat phrases at the end of conversations. He said, I said.... never used the verb :asked when a question was posed. Got irritating to me after a few chapters. A little sleepy and slow. interesting at points. Not the best book I ever read nor the worst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommie | 5/9/2011

    " Instant grab in the beginning of the book with mesenar. Interesting book with it's mix of pioneer life and spirituality.
    Felt like it was a 3rd draft and needed that fourth draft to make it shine.
    very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori | 4/19/2011

    " This was a good book. Morgan did a gret job of taking the reader to this place and time -- rural Carolinas around 1900. His evoking of Julie's voice was amazing. There were many lovely phrases. It just puts you in another place for a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy | 4/9/2011

    " One of the most depressing books I've ever read. From page to page, I kept wondering what other awful things could happen to this poor girl... then it would happen. UGH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/20/2011

    " A story of a young couple in 1900 struggling to make ends meet--not very successfully--on a farm in South Carolina. Can't give it a sound endorsement but I was taken by how hard life was then. It made me think of my grandmother and some of the stories I used to hear my aunts and uncles tell. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan, a poet and novelist raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors, is a native of North Carolina mountains that act as the backdrop for his intensely personal writing. He has won the James B. Hanes Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and the Jacaranda Review Fiction Prize.