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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,078 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Smith Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781440799921
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Having justly earned her reputation as a master storyteller, Lee Smith's name evokes images of authentic country folk struggling through some of life's most arduous tests. Saving Grace adds a stunning spiritual dimension. The daughter of a snake-handling preacher who ignores the needs of his destitute family, Florida Grace doesn't think much of Jesus. He's the reason she's lived in squalor most of her life. He certainly doesn't keep her womanizing zealot of a father on the straight and narrow. In fact, Jesus hasn't been there for her through her failed marriage, or the death of her son. But in one shining moment everything changes when He calls out to her, and she returns to her roots to heed His call. Narrator Christina Moore gives perfect voice to the vulnerability and wisdom of a young woman on a turbulent spiritual journey. The endearing heroine and the poetic language present a quandary: you want to savor this book a chapter at a time, but you can't put it down. 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 | 2/12/2014

    " I finished this one in less than a weekend. It wasn't a book that I expected to like as much as I did and I had never read anything by Lee Smith, but I love stories set in the South and Appalachia. This was a very unique and strangely uplifting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 2/12/2014

    " This story about Grace who was raised in the world of the snake-handling tent preacher who was her father was interesting but made me angry. I don't get how anyone buys into these crazy religious fanatics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Ridge | 2/2/2014

    " A wonderful character and disturbing story. Such vivid fiction you feel like you're in the middle of a documentary about Appalachia, snake handlers, and fundamentalists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carin | 1/28/2014

    " My bookclub read this one. It is a bit of a strange book. I didn't really like it but it was interesting, about a sub-culture I know nothing about. (Churches that do snake "charming" etc.) I guess in the end I found the main character kind of annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " This is a great book. It's a little strange and depressing, but totally worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/16/2014

    " This book is rather wordy. The author has written the book so that Florida Grace, the main character is telling the story. Family moves a lot as the father is a preacher. He uses snakes in his services and gets in trouble with the law because of the snakes. Grace is kept in the dark for most of the book about what is really going on around her. OK book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancyhoward | 1/14/2014

    " Loved it. so true..... I know "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 12/22/2013

    " If you are unable to tolerate reading about snakes skip this book. This is the story of the daughter of a man possessed with God and the "old time religion". Tragic and fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Shroyer | 12/15/2013

    " I was liking this book through the first 3/4. The last chapters were so depressing somehow....pitiful lives, pitiful people, caught in the vacuum of dysfunction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 11/26/2013

    " One of the most depressing, sad books I have ever listened to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/17/2013

    " This book is wonderful. The story comes full circle; each section is distinctly different and unpredictable (except for the parts that the narrator wants us to know); and the end leaves you wondering and wanting more. A++++ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli | 10/20/2013

    " A well-written story about Grace's crazy life in Eastern Tennessee that kept me wanting to sit down and finish it quickly. I fell in love with Grace and could relate to her struggles with God as she viewed Him through her own experiences versus others' experience in Church and with life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charly | 8/29/2013

    " This book was a bit on the dark side. I had a hard time dealing with the parade of human wreckage left in the wake of the main characters; especially the children. For me, its always about the children and I find it difficult to divorce myself from the pain they suffer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 8/12/2013

    " I loved this book. Interesting characters in interesting situations. What could be more fun to read about than a bunch of nuts in a snake handling church. I like Lee Smith's style of writing. Great imagery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/13/2013

    " Gift from Jason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 4/29/2013

    " An engrossing story of Appalachbian snake-handling religion, told as only Lee Smith can. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rtyndall40 | 4/3/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book! I liked Grace but everyone else in the book seemed distant. Rich characters but it was hard to like or empathise with any of them because their flaws were so raw. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/29/2013

    " Great book! The text flows easy and freely. The characters are realistic as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 2/9/2012

    " Interesting look into fundamentalist "extremist" lifestyle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Clenney Clenney | 10/16/2011

    " Love this writer. Even though I don't normally read this type of book, she brings a poignancy to her stories that make it hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 7/26/2011

    " Interesting story of the about fundamentalist belief. Humility and humanity are present everywhere in this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carin | 5/10/2011

    " My bookclub read this one. It is a bit of a strange book. I didn't really like it but it was interesting, about a sub-culture I know nothing about. (Churches that do snake "charming" etc.) I guess in the end I found the main character kind of annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/19/2011

    " read for Southern Lit, spring 11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Berkles | 4/16/2011

    " Smith owes a huge debt to O'Connor, but at least she acknowledges it. The ending feels flat, but genuine to the character of Grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/10/2011

    " Great book! The text flows easy and freely. The characters are realistic as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/20/2010

    " This is a great book. It's a little strange and depressing, but totally worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/27/2010

    " This book is wonderful. The story comes full circle; each section is distinctly different and unpredictable (except for the parts that the narrator wants us to know); and the end leaves you wondering and wanting more. A++++ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/3/2010

    " A wonderful character and disturbing story. Such vivid fiction you feel like you're in the middle of a documentary about Appalachia, snake handlers, and fundamentalists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 7/2/2010

    " My good friend passed this on to me. A fascinating book about believers in "signs" like snake handling in Appalachia. Lee Smith makes her characters so believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Clenney | 4/6/2010

    " Love this writer. Even though I don't normally read this type of book, she brings a poignancy to her stories that make it hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 3/22/2010

    " Interesting story of the about fundamentalist belief. Humility and humanity are present everywhere in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/11/2010

    " Another different view of someone's life. Not too intense, very interesting and I really enjoyed it. It was a random pick up from the library. I would like to read more by this author.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mich | 12/5/2009

    " interesting read about poor applachian girl who's dad is a snake handler fanatic.
    yeah, i'd say read this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amander | 11/8/2009

    " The first half, it totally had me captive--well-written, vivid characterization and good story. The second half, it went off the deep end a bit, and I was a little disappointed. But it was truthful. I recommend Gods in Alabama if you liked this book. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 9/26/2009

    " One of the most depressing, sad books I have ever listened to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rtyndall40 | 8/2/2009

    " I really wanted to like this book! I liked Grace but everyone else in the book seemed distant. Rich characters but it was hard to like or empathise with any of them because their flaws were so raw. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli | 8/1/2009

    " A well-written story about Grace's crazy life in Eastern Tennessee that kept me wanting to sit down and finish it quickly. I fell in love with Grace and could relate to her struggles with God as she viewed Him through her own experiences versus others' experience in Church and with life. "

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About the Author
Author Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a New York Times bestselling novelist. She has written numerous novels and short story collections, including Saving Grace, Fair and Tender Ladies, and a novella, The Christmas Letters. Her novel The Last Girls won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the North Carolina Award for Literature; two of her short story collections also won the O. Henry Award. Smith currently lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.