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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Jerome Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781456124076
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In Stone Work, critically acclaimed author John Jerome describes the back-breaking but soul-strengthening task of building a stone wall on his New England farm.

Equipped only with gloves, elemental tools, and the sense to get out of the way of rolling boulders, Jerome tries to reconstruct a wall in a year. The job begins on a whim-he decides to move a stone wall hidden in the woods on his property for the sheer pleasure of seeing it from his house. While wrangling, lugging, rolling, and carting an entity that responds only to gravity and leverage, Jerome grasps the gifts of the seasons and the complexities of being a middle-aged male. Philosophical, yet almost giddy with the excitement of doing something extraordinary, Stone Work is a delight. Narrator Ed Sala’s gifted storytelling enhances Jerome’s graceful prose, and lends vibrant voice to the gentle humor and self-effacing ruminations of a man of letters confronted with lugging tons of rock.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney | 11/4/2012

    " This is a scrapbook of unexplored ideas about the author's desire to be more of a romantic about nature. It is over-written and under-thought. Avoid at all costs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Leslie | 10/13/2012

    " Great, feel-good book. 50something man escapes his NYC life and moves to rural New England where he takes up building stone walls. Wonderful exploration of what makes a person "tick." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grady Ormsby | 6/14/2012

    " The subtitle says it all. This book is a sort of grandchild of Thoreau's "Walden." Philosophical. Insightful. Witty. Provocative. Challenging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/16/2012

    " "two on one, one on two" -- life lesson learned from reading this book years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 3/9/2012

    " A book that keeps me grounded. Because it chronicles observations about life throughout one year, I find myself re-reading it throughout the year, following along with the seasons as they are depicted. A wonderful collection of simple ideas from an overlooked master of prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry Le Nav | 1/22/2012

    " I read this a very long time ago and can't remember enough of the book to give an adequate review. That said, it was for me one of those books that provide some course corrections in my life. Stop and smell the roses sort of thing and gain a better appreciation for nature. Highly Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 11/30/2011

    " This book made me want to build a stone wall in my back yard. Jerome writes beautifully, on a wide range, and you get the feel of him in what he's doing. "

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About the Author

John Jerome is the author of numerous books. He has also published articles in the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Outside. He lives in western Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Ed Sala has narrated dozens of audio books throughout his career. His readings include Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, Stephen Sears’ Gettysburg, and Cormac MacCarthy’s Outer Dark.