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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendell Berry Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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That Distant Land collects 23 stories, interlinked with each other and with the other published Port William novels. The stories, arranged in their fictional chronology (from 1888 to almost the present day), become one sustained work, a new novel that spans the entire life and time involved. The range of this book is extraordinary - it offers rest for the weary, hope for the beleaguered, and strength for everyone else.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/20/2014

    " Really great writing, but short stories are hard for me to enjoy. If I like them, then I don't like them to end quite so soon. I like Bildungsroman lit, so I prefer hefty character development. My two favorites were It Wasn't Me and Fidelity. I like very much Berry's concept of the compilation of short stories that span generations of a town and the inhabitants' relationships to one another. The chronology of the layout and maps were a nice touch. Berry writes in such detail, that it sounds more like he's recounting his own memories than composing fiction. He's a really decent writer and is a great example of old-timey lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michal | 2/14/2014

    " Reading Wendell Berry's short stories makes you long for a way of life that has left us. Each story is like returning home after a long and weary journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/23/2014

    " A very good collection of short stories... a real pleasure to read. This is also a collection of several of his other books... Fidelity, The Wild Birds, Ptolemy Proudfoot, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/23/2014

    " Unbelievable. Every single story of this book is breathtaking. Wendell Berry has a way of drawing you into his stories that makes you never want to come back - even if they're sad or uncomfortable. I love the setting - a small town filled with farmland and generations of families that are beautifully intertwined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickg Gleason | 1/19/2014

    " Okay, to all my friends who have been promoting Berry to me for years: I'm hooked. I don't think I'm quite as romantically wistful for country life or a bygone era before indoor plumbing and penicillin and Netflix as he (and sometimes they) seems to be. But the writing is truly beautiful. And many of the stories were lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert | 1/13/2014

    " Story telling Berry at his best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/12/2014

    " Talk about rolling on the floor! I love Ptolemy Proudfoot and all of his antics! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 1/12/2014

    " This was a wonderful collection of short stories with characters from Port Washington, KY. I'd read several of the stories before, but the great thing about this collection was that they were in chronological order of when they happened (including the year). I liked reading about plowing with horses before the grandson plows with a tractor. It just helped fit everything in the space time-wise. Tol (Ptolomy) Proudfoot is one of my favorite characters. He's a farmer who loves his work and his wife. He says, "Steady work quiets the mind." It was said about him: "Tol's clothes always looked as if they were making a strenuous and perhaps hopeless effort just to stay somewhere in his vicinity." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. B | 1/5/2014

    " Incredible cycle of short stories! Since I moved to KY, Wendell Berry has become one of my favorite authors...more later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/8/2013

    " Not for the lover of high-speed car chases -- but who other than Wendell Berry can tell a story about a man shooting his best friend to death, and end believably with the killer's daughter as a permanently joyous woman? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/3/2013

    " Love Wendell Berry! These stories are my favorite of his fiction work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/16/2013

    " I loved these short stories. Wendell Berry's writing is like poetry in places. He expresses his ideas so beautifully. The people he creates seem so real. I liked the glimpses into a time and place I know nothing about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suevw | 8/12/2013

    " so much like the old stories and history I have experienced - slow to grow on me but by the end I was glad I'd read it. Endearing people and stories - really hit home the aspect of land and ownership or stewardship caring and tending to the community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Johnson | 8/10/2013

    " Read most of the short stories - will have to return to them this summer. Fills out some of the Port William community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb Zahnd | 6/29/2013

    " The short story "Fidelity" may be one of the finest pieces of modern fiction literature ever penned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 6/13/2013

    " Everything good- great characters you get to follow over time, grounded landscape that is a protagonist on its own, passionate philosophy. Can't really argue with WB. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Shaffer | 1/10/2013

    " One of the finest books I have ever read. By the end, the characters all felt like family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/31/2012

    " I have already read this book but will read it for the rest of my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Are | 8/7/2012

    " practically anything by mr. berry is good reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Bishop | 7/3/2012

    " I'm reading this at the same time as East of Eden and am finding many parallels. Berry, however, has a much more loving view of human nature and a more natural, comfortable writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/1/2011

    " I think to really get to know the heart of Wendell Berry, one should read his fiction and not simply his essays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/20/2011

    " This is a very slow moving book, but very beautiful. It's an elegy to a lost time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen4nderson | 8/20/2011

    " One of the best fiction works that I have read, and certainly the best one I have read in the last couple of years. It is real, poetic, subtle, charming, and it drew deep into my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michal | 5/18/2011

    " Reading Wendell Berry's short stories makes you long for a way of life that has left us. Each story is like returning home after a long and weary journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kae | 4/14/2011

    " Well crafted, exquisite language from a master. The stories present a progressive picture of Port William, Kentucky from 1888 to 1986. I found the tone quite similar for each story, which took away any distinctive individual features. Interesting portrait. Very dense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hansell | 1/13/2011

    " "Much better to talk about than to read"-Leigh Ann Nally

    But interesting to think about time and place...I wish I knew who lived in this apartment for the last years...maybe i could find out and write about them... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/9/2011

    " I think to really get to know the heart of Wendell Berry, one should read his fiction and not simply his essays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/1/2010

    " This is a very slow moving book, but very beautiful. It's an elegy to a lost time. "

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

    " The short story "Fidelity" may be one of the finest pieces of modern fiction literature ever penned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 8/29/2010

    " Everything good- great characters you get to follow over time, grounded landscape that is a protagonist on its own, passionate philosophy. Can't really argue with WB. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 5/19/2010

    " A very good collection of short stories... a real pleasure to read. This is also a collection of several of his other books... Fidelity, The Wild Birds, Ptolemy Proudfoot, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/7/2010

    " practically anything by mr. berry is good reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suevw | 9/25/2009

    " so much like the old stories and history I have experienced - slow to grow on me but by the end I was glad I'd read it. Endearing people and stories - really hit home the aspect of land and ownership or stewardship caring and tending to the community. "

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