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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Watson Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781436121309
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Sonja Skordahl, a Norwegian immigrant, came to America looking for a new life. Instead, she settled in Door County, Wisconsin, and married Henry House-only to find herself defined by her roles as wife and mother. Destiny lands Sonja in the studio of Ned Weaver, an internationally acclaimed painter. There she becomes more than his model and more than a mere object of desire; she becomes the most inspiring muse Ned has ever known, much to the chagrin of the artist's wife. When both Ned and Henry insist on possessing Sonja, their jealousies threaten to erupt into violence-as she struggles to appease both men without sacrificing her hard-won sense of self. 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 Elizabeth | 2/18/2014

    " Somewhat interesting, but it felt so ultra-manly, if that makes sense. I wonder what the author is like. There was an awful lot of unnecessary sex--and I'm usually fine with that, but it seemed just to prove a point or something. Also, I thought the artist character was so obnoxious with his "I'm doing everything for art" thing--does he represent the author? The book acknowledges that he's not a lovely guy, but it doesn't particularly denounce the "everything for art" line. And would his wife really do anything for him because he makes art? Really? I wouldn't be super surprised if the author is similar to the artist and is hoping to make the same case for himself! Is that unfair? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laredo | 2/14/2014

    " Interesting story. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/8/2014

    " A good serviceable book, quick read, about art, an artist, his model, her husband, and sadness wrapped up in some raw drama. Watson knows his art, both as a writer and in his portrayal of the self-absorbed painter's relationship to the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 1/27/2014

    " At least 4 tragic characters caught in their own selfishness too consuming to see the needs of each other - with tragic outcome... Not a very easy book too complete as you want to scream at each of the characters... what are you doing?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Page | 1/26/2014

    " It's Watson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 1/16/2014

    " I loved reading this and couldn't put it down. It's not a happy book and the characters are not likeable but I loved the way it unfolded and thought the writing was amazing. Will definately try to find more from this author having read this and Montana 1948. Now, on to a happy book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/11/2014

    " Narrated by George Guidall. Did not like this book as much as I liked Watson's "Montana 1948." Had a hard time getting through this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby | 11/28/2013

    " in a word: poopy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/25/2013

    " I had a difficult time understanding the female characters, Harriet and Sonja. Sonja's motives are eventually revealed toward the end, but I couldn't understand why Harriet stayed with such an awful husband. The men seem overly sexed, which gets annoying fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 11/24/2013

    " This book was very intricate and very sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/20/2013

    " Great writing. Interesting story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 11/17/2013

    " Picked for bookclub last month. I had already read this one a while back. Strange characters and situations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly Hart | 8/12/2013

    " Small town infidelities abound in this rather depressing novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 7/18/2013

    " One of the highest compliments I can render to any novel is that it reminds me of Wallace Stegner's later work and for me, this one does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, probably because it was different than what I have been reading. I liked the story line and some of the characters. Again, the male characters are frustrating which I suppose is true in life. I don't believe I will ever understand their way of thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 6/7/2012

    " I enjoyed--I appreciate his style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graf | 5/27/2012

    " This book succeeds on many levels: the well-developed characters, the excellent plot and writing, the setting in the woods of Wisconsin. It all comes together. A jewel of a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 2/11/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books of all times. Beautifully told, you are taken into and become part of this amazing story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jude | 1/21/2012

    " I don't think Larry Watson is as besotted with his guys as James Waller is with his transparent fictionalizations of himself, but a fine performance by George Guidall couldn't keep me listening, so i'll never know how well he actually does by his female characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne Durham | 12/17/2011

    " Beautiful, soulful writing that lays characters bare. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/24/2011

    " There is no question that this author is amazing. I loved his descriptions of people and their surroundings, yet somehow I felt disconnected from them at the same time. Maybe that was his intent, but I wanted to identify with them more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Beatty | 11/22/2011

    " A surprise. Now I want to read more by this author, particularly "Montana 1948" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/15/2011

    " This is definitely not one of my favorite books. It's interesting, but I don't think I'll read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/27/2011

    " I am always hopeful when I get one of his books, but they do not have the simple power of Montana 1948. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 1/27/2011

    " I had some extra time this week and got this reading out of the way for book club. It wasn't my favorite book, but it will be a great book for discussion. Lots of things to talk about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 1/16/2011

    " Another great book by Larry Watson. I don't want to give anything away - so I'll just suggest that you read it for yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/12/2010

    " I didn't expect to like this book at all, but I did. I can't remember details, but I remember being pleasantly surprised. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 10/11/2010

    " This book was very intricate and very sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/16/2010

    " I enjoyed--I appreciate his style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 5/29/2010

    " Beautiful, soulful writing that lays characters bare. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/10/2010

    " Small town infidelities abound in this rather depressing novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/29/2009

    " Narrated by George Guidall. Did not like this book as much as I liked Watson's "Montana 1948." Had a hard time getting through this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 11/17/2009

    " I had some extra time this week and got this reading out of the way for book club. It wasn't my favorite book, but it will be a great book for discussion. Lots of things to talk about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/8/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book, probably because it was different than what I have been reading. I liked the story line and some of the characters. Again, the male characters are frustrating which I suppose is true in life. I don't believe I will ever understand their way of thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 6/28/2009

    " At least 4 tragic characters caught in their own selfishness too consuming to see the needs of each other - with tragic outcome... Not a very easy book too complete as you want to scream at each of the characters... what are you doing?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 1/17/2009

    " Picked for bookclub last month. I had already read this one a while back. Strange characters and situations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 11/25/2008

    " this novel talks about a lady called sonja, how she went through alot of promblems to help her family "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jude | 9/3/2008

    " I don't think Larry Watson is as besotted with his guys as James Waller is with his transparent fictionalizations of himself, but a fine performance by George Guidall couldn't keep me listening, so i'll never know how well he actually does by his female characters. "

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About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.