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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Rash Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire, vowing to let no one stand in their way, especially those newly rallying around Teddy Roosevelt's nascent environmental movement.

Yet when Serena begins to suspect that George's allegiances may lie elsewhere, she unleashes her full fury on the young mountain woman who bore his illegitimate child the year before. Rash's masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a powerfully riveting story that, at its core, tells of love both honored and betrayed. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Polo | 1/19/2014

    " Smoky mountains. An evil woman and evils of logging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel | 1/3/2014

    " NWBC June (2) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffanie | 12/17/2013

    " I had nightmares about it, but I LOVED the unique story and characters. Great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Y-Von | 11/14/2013

    " From the first chapter and the reader's first introduction to Serena I thought "If I was an actress's this is a character I would want to play" . A strong female character who's knowledge outweighs most of the men therefore earning their respect. While being ruthless about getting ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Kauffman | 11/6/2013

    " I read this book last week, not one I would pick up and say this looks good. But read in a mag that Jennifer lawrence and Brad Cooper will be in this movie due later this year or next year. If you read gone girl, Serena is more evil than her. the setting is 1929 in North Carolina and they are in the lumber business - you learn what it was like in the depression and what men would do for jobs, this life was very dangerous and the body count is high. Serena and her husband are devoted to each other and want to fell every tree in the state, but the government wants to preserve it as a park, they let no one stand in their way. There are a few other plot lines that are good and the ending was perfect. If you do not read this book, the movie will have its suspenses - a thrilling ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciqu | 10/24/2013

    " a rollercoaster of a ride! fabulous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 10/18/2013

    " Serena was ruthless and her husband wasn't much better. Didn't see that ending coming. This is a sinister book and a really good read. A movie of it is coming out in 2013 with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. I can't wait to see it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Mckee | 10/14/2013

    " This book may be even better than The Cove. Rash's descriptive passages in the western NC area are excellent. Main characters, Serena and her husband Pemberton run a logging empire, stripping much of WNC and denying sale of their land for purposes of a national park. Serena is a strong character, controlling many lives throughout the book. She rides her white horse, an eagle on her arm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/26/2013

    " Weird, different - the satisfying ending EVER!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate K. | 6/18/2013

    " Creepy! Verrrryyy creeepyyy!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 knig | 5/1/2013

    " I love Harry Crews 'Feats of Snakes', therefore I hate this. Singularly the worst book I've attempted in years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M. Sarki | 3/4/2013

    " After the first knife-fight scene it does not appear to be to my liking. Hard for me to get my head around the comparisons to the almighty Cormac. Some people want to believe anything. But McCarthy is god. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/1/2013

    " I don't mind a book about the true human experience but this was just dark and a bit disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ineke Van | 10/5/2012

    " A very 'different' kind of book. Good writing style with an unforgettable twist at the end - revenge. The final chapter is riveting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alissa | 9/5/2012

    " Ayn Rand approves of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geni Mckee | 8/5/2012

    " I think this was his best yet, although I love all his novels and poetry. Can't wait to see who is cast for the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/1/2012

    " Set during the depression, George Pemberton brings his new wife, Serena, from Boston to his lumber camp in the North Carolina mountains. Serena's character was very evil and the novel was disturbing. It will take a long time to get Serena out of my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/9/2012

    " Gripping novel about a pair of newlyweds in the lumber business in North Carolina. These ruthless people will stop at nothing to succeed - when an illegitimate child comes into the picture will they trust or turn on each other? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geni | 3/19/2012

    " Sluggish Southern Gothic melodrama with lots of violence. Bleh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whitney Mabus | 2/7/2012

    " Did not enjoy this book. It took over half way through for the story to actually become interesting. The writing language was beautiful. However, the story was not engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bean | 12/7/2011

    " This book creeped me out but not really in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 11/20/2011

    " Violent, earthy and powerful. Not a happy read, but one that grabs you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry Parham | 7/25/2011

    " Another winner from Ron Rash. That's four for four! This one's a bit darker, but a fantastic story, well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 6/27/2011

    " Gripping main character; Serena is so cruel but I can't help but admire her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 5/21/2011

    " A great new writer that writes about his "destiny as landscape." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/15/2011

    " LOVED the twist - wicked, wicked woman!
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 5/10/2011

    " Super stark and intense-- starts with a grisly murder and keeps up that pace from there. Interesting portrait of 1930s western NC, even if the book's namesake, the tough-as-nails female half of a lumber magnate power couple is a little larger-than-life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 5/2/2011

    " Violent, earthy and powerful. Not a happy read, but one that grabs you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 5/2/2011

    " This book creeped me out but not really in a good way. "

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

    " A good read, I was surprised by Serena's actions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/15/2011

    " I loved the glimpses into the creation of the Smokey Mountain National Park.....but never quite warmed up to the main characters. But not sure we are suppose to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 4/11/2011

    " A masterpiece. I was swept away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 4/10/2011

    " A movie is in the works I believe. Angelina Jolie as Serena? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pretzel | 4/9/2011

    " Loved this book! Intense, crazy women are always fun to read! :) I do agree with some of the other reviewers, it was a little slow at times, but the push to find out what happens next Really moves it along. Well worth your time. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/8/2011

    " A must read for anyone that enjoys a good sensational story. Especially those of us that have spent time in the mountains of North Carolina "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 3/14/2011

    " A chilling story of murder and intrigue. 1929. A lumbering camp in the hills of North Carolina.
    Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/25/2011

    " Hot falconer bitch...need I say more? This book was a pure joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randine | 2/23/2011

    " Serena is a diabolical character that I probably won't forget. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/21/2011

    " I didn't really like this book because none of the main characters could be liked in anyway. Serena was a sociopath and Pemberton was a half wit. Just not a great book. The history was interesting but the storyline could have been more pleasant, shall we say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/20/2011

    " Serena is truly the most evil villainess I have every encounted in literature. Although I hated both Serena and her husband George Pemberton, Rash has written an engaging novel and one that is hard to put down. "

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About the Author
Author Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena. His other works include One Foot in EdenSaints at the River, and The World Made Straight, as well as numerous short story collections and three collections of poems. Chemistry, and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award, and he has received the O. Henry Prize twice. Rash currently teaches at Western Carolina University.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.