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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (443 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendell Berry Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination.

When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides listeners through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the listener to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world. Echoing Berry's own strongly held beliefs, Nathan tells us that his grandfather's life couldn't be divided from the days he'd spent at work in his fields.

Berry has long been compared to Faulkner for his ability to erect entire communities in his fiction, and his heart and soul have always lived in Port William, Kentucky. In this eloquent novel about duty, community, and a sweeping love of the land, Berry gives listeners a classic book that takes them to that storied place. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe | 2/20/2014

    " So great! It was very different than Hannah Coulter and I enjoyed the differences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/29/2014

    " I loved the author's descriptions of nature...so beautiful. The boy's thoughts about his father and grandfather were interesting as well. Otherwise, this was just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/22/2014

    " I came across this book from a reference of bell hook's. I love the way that you can hear the accents in the voices :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/9/2014

    " This was my first book by Berry. I liked it. His style is easy to read and draws you into the Kentucky countryside. The story of Nathan's family life, however, was kind of depressing. I'm curious to see where Berry goes with it in further novels about the Coulters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse Emerson | 12/24/2013

    " "And things that had been so before never would be so again. We were the way we were; nothing could make us any different, and we suffered because of it...." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Tucker | 12/1/2013

    " This book is about a young boy growing up in rural Kentucky. The same great writing but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did Andy Catlett... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Weleski | 11/25/2013

    " I didn't love as much as Hannah Coulter, but it was still an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 11/11/2013

    " I love Berry's gentle, spare way of telling the story. You find depth and compassion in his beautifully rounded characters. He manages to show life in a very lyrical way, while letting us know that the world can be a harsh place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 10/22/2013

    " This was a simple coming-of-age story with good wit and character development. Many people have recommended Wendell Berry to me, and I am hoping his other novels are a little more engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/24/2012

    " This book was very similar to Hannah Coulter in that I really liked it and really liked parts in it. As far as absolute favorite books, it wasn't so that's why I give it a 3, though the book itself is a 4 in it's writing quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 10/16/2012

    " Nathan Coulter was Berry's first novel, and his inexperience is evident. Most glaring to me was the lack of resolution--the book ends two short paragraphs after a major crisis. It felt too abrupt. Still a good first novel, but Hannah Coulter is a better story with many of the same characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/3/2011

    " A boy's childhood in rural Kentucky before WWII. I enjoyed learning more about the boy who later marries Hannah Coulter (a book I loved), but I didn't find this one as engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/22/2011

    " When I heard of the book "Hannah Coulter" I thought I should go back to the beginning of the saga. So I read this one. Hard to believe it was finished in the late 1950's! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thing Two | 7/29/2010

    " Reminds me a lot of reading Ferrol Sams. His work has been compared to writings by Sherwood Anderson. Like sitting at the feet of your old Southern grandfather and listening to him yarn, except I didn't have an old Southern grandfather ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 7/20/2010

    " Wendell Berry - the great American thinker... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 5/8/2010

    " Great story of a boy coming to age, learning to love his family and their ties to the land. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/19/2009

    " This book was very similar to Hannah Coulter in that I really liked it and really liked parts in it. As far as absolute favorite books, it wasn't so that's why I give it a 3, though the book itself is a 4 in it's writing quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aeisele | 3/5/2009

    " Berry writes simply and directly. You can never get too much of that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bria | 1/27/2009

    " I don't know for sure why I am giving this book four stars. A quiet, slow, brutal-but-still-hopeful-and-not-graphic, real coming-of-age story about a boy growing up in Kentucky. Not much action, but a good, satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 1/27/2009

    " Wendell Berry is one of my favorite authors - great story telling, heartfelt, real, engaging... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 9/26/2007

    " I didn't like this as much as the other Wendell Berry books/essays I have read. I never felt very connected to the characters. It may have been a fact of life in the time period he was writing about, but I didn't like the scenes where animals were mis-treated. "

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