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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,066 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Hamilton Narrator: Angela Jayne Rogers Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 1997 ISBN: 9781440734465
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Award-winning author Jane Hamilton touched readers' hearts with her emotionally-charged novel, A Map of the World. She intimately involves her readers, again, with The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award. Growing up in a world of physical and emotional poverty, Ruth believes her shrewish mother's assessment of her-that she is dimwitted and worthless. When she marries an emotionally unstable ne'er-do-well, her troubles only multiply. Her job at the dry cleaners can't afford her little family the luxury of moving out of her mother's house. As the incessant bickering between her troubled husband and her abusive mother reaches a violent climax, Ruth must find a way to survive. Angela Jayne Rogers' sensitive narration brings to life the enduring wisdom, compassion, and strength of this innocent but battered soul. The Book of Ruth shines as a bittersweet testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Ann Hall | 2/20/2014

    " The narrator's examination of the ugliness that makes up Ruth's life is a great metaphor for the search for truth each of us undertakes in life. In spite of the painful nature of what she reveals, we understand that that knowledge is the only way to maturely understanding and accepting the love and beauty present in our own lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 2/14/2014

    " A sad tale from the rural South. A fairly dreary outcome for the title character. I'm a bit surprised that this showed up on Oprah's Book Club List. I would recommend "Bastard Out of Carolina" for a better read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclyn | 2/4/2014

    " This book was so sad! I really felt so bad for this girl. And what an ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 1/17/2014

    " I liked this book. Yes, it was sad but it had humor throughout the story. To me it wasn't a complete downer. Ruth had a wonderful insight and intelligence but became trapped in her life because she didn't believe she could rise above it. To me, it's about inner resolve overcoming outside forces. I can relate to people with these personalities. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 1/16/2014

    " Hamilton is an excellent writer, but the story took a disturbing turn that I didn't care for in the end. "

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

    " Dec 17 ... just about done and loving it. I want this women to break away and make something of her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/5/2013

    " Set in rural IL, spanning from the 1950s--1970s, "The Book of Ruth" is narrated by a girl who is sensitive and precocious despite her dull exterior. The characters and plot are engaging and thought provoking. Still, I prefered the author Jane Hamilton's less lauded novel, "When Madeline was Young," which I read a few years ago and *loved.* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie | 10/31/2013

    " A difficult story of Ruth's life, which offers little hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rella K | 10/28/2013

    " A wonderful painting of small-town American life. Sad, but real. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Rothschild | 10/14/2013

    " The book was a difficult read, not because of the narrative or style, but it was difficult reading others' experiences of Ruth's insights stately without filters as stupidity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sesha | 6/15/2013

    " Highly disappointing and all around depressing story. I really wonder where the author was when coming up with this story. There is no redeeming surprise ending. It is so gloomy, it haunts me a little. I read the negative reviews on here and really should have listened to them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 5/23/2013

    " 4-- The story started out ok & then went horribly wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danna Currie | 4/20/2013

    " This novel deeply impressed me with its portrayal of a young woman coming of age in less than fortunate circumstances. Often disturbing and jarring, it also resonates with compassion, yearning, and humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 2/4/2013

    " The language in this book is so musical, it is beautiful and terrible at the same time. I loved it, but it broke my heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Original1 | 2/3/2013

    " This book was kind of a downer, but definitely was a page turner, and i couln't help but really feel for the main character and wanted to know what her outcome would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessalyn Hill | 10/7/2012

    " This is the saddest book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Lamers | 9/30/2012

    " I read this one again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 8/31/2012

    " So far this reminds me of both Icy Sparks and She's Come Undone. I likes Icy Sparks, but didn't care for She's Come Undone... SO there you are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 5/31/2012

    " Artfully done first person narrative of a depressing subject. This epitomized Oprah's choices! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jude | 5/13/2012

    " I missed this book when I was too busy with career and kids. Never too late to read a good book. How many more are out there waiting for me? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxanne | 4/24/2012

    " Could not get past 1/3 of the book. The author (main character) rambled on and on, acting the victim with no clear reasoning to the story line. I found it depressing and, pardon the adjective, juvenile. Reminded me of a poorly written "Catcher in the Rye". Moving on.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthews | 4/9/2012

    " I did like this book, it is sad and a bit haunting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glory Hill | 1/11/2012

    " "..a very confusing and frustrating read; but for an authors' first fiction novel, pretty impressive." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamilah | 12/14/2011

    " Very compelling and interesting story about human relationships. Beautiful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Curtis | 8/27/2011

    " The first Oprah's choices I ever read and I was hooked. This book is a really good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/20/2011

    " It was more than 10 years ago that I read it as part of a book club and the clarity of my dislike for this book is undiminished. If I had known how brutally this book would end, I NEVER would have read it. I would never recommend it to anyone and regret reading it myself. Enough said. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Labmom | 5/19/2011

    " Again, an Oprah pick that I should have avoided. I think all the main characters were mentally challenged, because no one could be that stupid without a disability. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/22/2011

    " I just finished this book. The use of language was astounding! It's been a while since I read a really well written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 4/11/2011

    " A stark look at abuse told by an amazingly innocent, trusting heroine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megin | 4/5/2011

    " Great book about depressing lives not really going anywhere. All through the book you can see the inevitable about to happen, yet when it does, it still leaves you in shock. I blindly picked this booked and was very pleased. "

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

    " Slow reading for me, very draggy in parts. It seemed more like a character study, and the characters were fairly well developed, but to me there wasn't much of a plot to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/30/2011

    " These characters are very complex and drew me in -- none are wholly likable, but *all* are sympathetic. Heartbreaking but worth the read and the tears. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 3/23/2011

    " One of the most disturbing and depressing books I've read "

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

    " This was an Oprah selection back in the 90s—the story of a girl who grows up with a low opinion of herself because of an overbearing mother who has her own problems. What I mostly remember about this book is that it was well-written but depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 2/26/2011

    " I loved Ruth. She made me want to adopt her. "

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

    " The narrative was stunning. I flew through it in a day and was left gasping for air. How have I not read this book before?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chunkeemonkee77 | 2/20/2011

    " Loved it! Gonna watch the movie tonight, so excited! "

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About the Author
Author Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were both chosen as Oprah Book Club picks and made into movies. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine. Hamilton lives in Rochester, Wisconsin.