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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781608143542
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With his past series of books set in Coalwood, West Virginia, New York Times bestselling author Homer Hickam won the praise of critics around the world and the devotion of legions of fans. Now, he returns to his beloved coalfields, not as they were fifty years ago, but today. In this hauntingly beautiful and romantic novel, he brings alive the little Appalachian town of Highcoal and a people dedicated to mining coal according to the old ways while struggling with modern problems - illegal drugs, environmental destruction, and a world economy that threatens their very existence. Song Hawkins is a beautiful, tough, but lonely New York City businesswoman who thinks she's met the man of her dreams in Cable Jordan, the superintendent of a West Virginia coal mine. But soon after they impulsively marry during a romantic holiday, Song realizes they're in big trouble. She can't imagine life outside of New York, and Cable has no intention of leaving Highcoal. Song's visit to the little mining community to meet its quirky citizens only makes things worse and it looks like the marriage is over. But in a shocking turn of events, Song realizes it's up to her to put on the red helmet of the new coal miner and descend into the deep darkness to make a life-changing sacrifice for both Cable and the entire town. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Kirsten Potter’s skilled narration captures the spirit of adventure and romance…With impeccable timing, she recounts problems with the environment, illegal drugs, theft, and a world economy that threatens to devastate West Virginia’s coal-mining industry.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 2/5/2014

    " A "spring break" read that required little thought. Easy (predictable) plot but sometimes that is just what you need. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! This book really takes you into the mines and the lives of coal miners. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/24/2014

    " Song Hawkins is a NYC business queen who falls for a West Virginia coal miner, Cable. Complications arise when they decide to get married on a whim. Song finds out she's not cut out for life in Highcoal and Cable, the mine super, can't give up on his hometown. Will they ever find a compromise? Add in the town gossip, the governor, and the mystery of missing coal. An average read, I enjoyed it. The ending was a little sappy for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg Lotvin | 1/17/2014

    " A simple love story but with a twist. I learned lots about mining underground coal in West Virginia. Also about the newest way to mine coal, by shearing off the mountain tops to get at hidden coal. This is a tragedy in all parts of Appalachia that have coal deposits we need----or want. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/19/2013

    " I love Homer Hickam, hence the 4 stars. And he got back to coal mining, which I love about his writing. For plot other than the coal mining part, I give it 3 stars, as it was a little predictable and trite. I won't give up on him, but I like his first "autobiographical" stuff better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylynn | 12/15/2013

    " Good clean book. I really liked his style of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 10/26/2013

    " I tried to read this, but couldn't get into it. Still, I will give it 2 stars because Hickam writes quality stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy L | 5/27/2013

    " Just a good old fashioned story, with good old fashioned values. a nice read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talma | 2/19/2013

    " EXCELLENT - really makes you think about coal mining towns - very well written - you could feel their emotion "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kae Larsen | 7/26/2012

    " I think he had a good story but just didn't tell it well. His main character was odd in discription. Mistaken for a boy in one chapter and then the next chapter she was supposedly amazingly beautiful who turned heads.... too much of a reach for me to put much into her, and especially as a heroine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/16/2012

    " Loved this book even though it was a simple story dealing with selfishness and love. It kept a good pace and was fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 5/25/2012

    " I preferred reading October Sky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/21/2011

    " Another great Homer Hickam book. I didn't give it 5 stars because parts of it were a little improbable. Otherwise a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Humphries | 10/6/2011

    " This was a great story about the hardships of love and life. I just finished reading it and loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Malcolm | 6/15/2011

    " I was extremely drawn in to this story from the get go. All the problems worked out but in a human fashion not fairytale like. I recommended it to most of my friends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 5/5/2011

    " I really liked this book because I like the style in which Homer Hickam writes. I enjoy reading about how coal mining towns operate because it is like a foreign world to me, definitely something interesting and out of the ordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 4/23/2011

    " I didn't love the characters in this book- I thought they were selfish and unyielding- but then the story picks up and I got sucked into the plot. Not super thought-provoking, but a fast, enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 4/2/2011

    " The first section was very sappy and hard to get through. The second was better. The mining parts of it were the most interesting to me.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/22/2011

    " Loved this book even though it was a simple story dealing with selfishness and love. It kept a good pace and was fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 12/27/2010

    " I think I liked this one better than the Josh Thurlow series. Interesting to learn about coal mining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 12/19/2010

    " I love Homer Hickam's writing. This isn't my favorite book by him..plus it was a bit to romance(y) for me...When I read his works, I don't want to read romance. Still worth 4 stars..although his other reads by me have handily received 5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/13/2010

    " I was extremely drawn in to this story from the get go. All the problems worked out but in a human fashion not fairytale like. I recommended it to most of my friends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 2/1/2010

    " I really liked this book because I like the style in which Homer Hickam writes. I enjoy reading about how coal mining towns operate because it is like a foreign world to me, definitely something interesting and out of the ordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 12/19/2009

    " A simple love story but with a twist. I learned lots about mining underground coal in West Virginia. Also about the newest way to mine coal, by shearing off the mountain tops to get at hidden coal. This is a tragedy in all parts of Appalachia that have coal deposits we need----or want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 9/1/2009

    " I preferred reading October Sky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/30/2009

    " I didn't love the characters in this book- I thought they were selfish and unyielding- but then the story picks up and I got sucked into the plot. Not super thought-provoking, but a fast, enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/17/2009

    " Another great Homer Hickam book. I didn't give it 5 stars because parts of it were a little improbable. Otherwise a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/23/2008

    " This was a great story about the hardships of love and life. I just finished reading it and loved it. "

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About the Author
Homer H. Hickam Jr. is the author of the bestselling The Keeper's Son and many other books, including The Coalwood Way and Sky of Stone. He and his wife and cats share their time between homes in Huntsville, Alabama, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.