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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eve Adams Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593977054
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As touching as it is humorous, The Garden of Eden is a parable for our time with a powerful and ultimately redemptive ending that speaks to oft underappreciated virtues such as loyalty (sticking with those you love even when they screw up royally), tolerance, and forgiveness. It’s also about the values that keep America together—-the simple solutions ordinary people find to keep their small communities strong.
Trooper Sam Neely is fresh out of the State Police academy and finds himself assigned to the dullest backwater town he’s never heard of. Things heat up quickly in Eden, U.S.A., however, when Ed Harris, the banker, finds his wife in bed with his best friend, Hayden Elkins. Ed picks up a shotgun, escorts them both to the door, and tells friend Hayden, “Guess what? She’s yours!”
“I’ve got a wife, Ed,” says Hayden.
“Now you have two. . . ."
Forced to take his paramour to live under his own roof (after all, they had only intended to share an afternoon of delight, not to leave their spouses), Hayden suddenly finds himself the butt of every joke in town.
That’s where things start to spin out of control.
Before long, Elijah Murphy, the town drunk, and the snooping widow next door, to whom he’d exposed himself, are falling in love; sleazy Sheriff’s Deputy Delmar Clay is about to get a butt-full of birdshot for the pictures he’s been snapping of young couples getting hot and heavy in parked cars; and the Barrow Boys are out of jail and looking for trouble. Soon, Neely finds that managing the crises in the sticks is a full-time job, and it takes a whole community—-from the compassionate local magistrate to the new female preacher—-to keep things from exploding big-city style.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri Jordan-Asble | 2/16/2014

    " This book, published after Hemingway's death, is one of the best Hemingway novels. It has a different subject matter that you would expect of a Hemingway classic, but is still written in that same precise style that we love from this author. The subject matter is a bit dark and definately has an adult theme. I've read it twice, and I'll probably read it again soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/8/2014

    " Not my favorite of Hemingway's, i felt there was a lot of unnecessary parts to the story that could have been edited out. The characters are very well-rounded. The story is different of those from Hemingway's original canon, but i felt this was a novel of jealously and memory and how these two emotions battled against each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaarin | 1/25/2014

    " I'm guessing that I came at Hemingway in a completely different way from most readers in that this posthumously published book was one of the first things that I ever read by him. And it was sort of an "a-ha" moment; so *this* is what they mean by the clean and lean Hemingway style... I fell into this book effortlessly, read it quickly, and was very affected (and impressed)by it. I know it's considered one of his inferior works, but who cares. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 1/24/2014

    " This was a very interesting book. This being my first book by Hemingway, I can't really say how it compares to his other novels, but I really enjoyed it. Without being to explicit (actually nothing is ever actually described outright), the story was a very erotic one. Hemingway died while writing this book, never having finished it. I don't feel like it feels unfinished. The ending wraps up nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 1/9/2014

    " After hating The Sun Also Rises, I haven't delved into much more Hemingway. This, however, was a very interesting and well written book exploring gender roles in a fascinating (and confusing!) manner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie B | 12/30/2013

    " I actually sort of liked this book despite its low rating. The problem is, in true Hemingway fashion, there is very little plot and it can become quite tedious. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this book, but it wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel McLaughlin | 12/22/2013

    " this book is so stunningly beautiful... and so terribly sad at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eana | 12/20/2013

    " borrowed from hans & yesi "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 12/15/2013

    " Really strange book! It was published posthumously and wasn't completely finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devika | 12/13/2013

    " I read this in high school, ages ago. It was one of the few Hemingway books I enjoyed, mainly because even though the women were devilish, there were women in the story. But Heminway is still clueless, IMO, about the female psyche. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 meredith wood | 12/5/2013

    " while i'm admittedly a bit more obsessed with hemingway that is likely healthy, this is arguably my favorite novel ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 11/17/2013

    " Disturbing??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 7/25/2013

    " Some of the heaviest symbolism Hemingway ever used. The sun, browning and bleaching their bodies, mimicking one another's transformations, fishing and wearing early french tourist fashions. Most influential Hemingway for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.c. | 3/30/2013

    " Because this is a good Hemingway book it is as good as any book can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Teresa | 2/15/2013

    " Easily my favorite book by Hemingway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 12/4/2012

    " Strange one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey S. | 10/12/2012

    " Definately not like his others! Not for the gender confused! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Outi S. | 7/9/2011

    " A different, less male-power including book from Hemingway. I do recommend as I do recommend all the books I have mentioned here until now... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hagai Katz | 5/8/2011

    " The food descriptions will make you hungry. The rest will make you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 12/8/2010

    " The last uncompleted novel by Hemingway. Yet it seems pretty complete. It's a wonderful character study. I really enjoyed it, as well as the great prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/30/2010

    " Very unusual story. Not sure I liked the nature of the story but the first half was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana | 9/26/2010

    " Apart from everything else, the passages about the actual process of writing are incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 4/19/2010

    " Not my usual reading fare. I was so surprised to find that I liked it so much I'm giving it 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 3/3/2009

    " i picked up this book on my way out of the library. it's a funny novel and it's a fast read. this is a perfect "vacation" or "beach" book! it made me laugh several times outloud! "

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