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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (756 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendell Berry Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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In a rural Kentucky river town, Old Jack Beechum, a retired farmer, sees his life again through the shades of one burnished day in September 1952.

Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind,The Memory of Old Jack conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values of Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Icd | 2/20/2014

    " Reading this for my book discussion group "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 2/9/2014

    " I love Wendell Berry. This book is about the last day in the life of Jack Beechum, full of memories from his life. I picked this book up for a second read during a time when I was in crisis and needed another place to dwell. Although some of Jack's past is painful, it is all very true, and I was soothed and comforted by Berry's reminder of the goodness of life and good people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/4/2014

    " Might've liked it more if it weren't so damn sad! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/26/2014

    " This book so well exemplifies the life of an old farmer as his memory begins to fade. The main character reminded me of my grandfather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/24/2014

    " An honest look at the way in which our perceptions of our selves and others can lead to both great pain and brokenness and deep attachment in relationship. Another great death scene. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elliot | 1/17/2014

    " touching portrait of a hard working farmer's life as he reviews his life memories in his final days; lots of stoic pushing through conditions that are tough and often disappointing, but staying connected and energized to the land. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Yost | 1/17/2014

    " The way that Berry writes is so amazing. He draws you into the story, and you can't stop paying attention. If you love stories of the old days and how life used to be. This is excellent. Even if you don't, think you will like it, pick it up and give it a try. It is only 170 pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/17/2014

    " In this novel Jack Beechum at ninety-two is wandering through his life in his memory--poignant, painful, sweet, life and faith affirming. Berry has created a world that is strong and real with connections over a span of a hundred years. "

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

    " Brilliant, moving character study, as Old Jack daydreams of the past relationships and events, not all laudable, which formed him into who he was, and about the country and the community with which he identifies and which he reluctantly sees becoming extinct. Love - for women, fellowfolk and the land - is central to this powerfully written reflection on a dying community, as seen through the eyes of an old, old man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 12/18/2013

    " a slow start for me but well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick | 12/5/2013

    " I'm more familiar with Wendell Berry as a poet, but I'm enjoying the novel quite a bit. One of the things that strikes me when I read Kentucky writers is that they have a connection to place that I have never had, and I see that in this book, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Kunnari | 11/25/2013

    " fairly sad at times but overall a believable account of a man and his farm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 11/11/2013

    " I'm threw in the towel on this one. I love you, Wendell, but you took me too many places...and then I got lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/18/2013

    " This was a beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paddy | 1/1/2013

    " Am on a Port William jag, listening to these novels is a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/6/2012

    " This is a great book, especially for those who have a loved one who is nearing the end of their earthly life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 9/11/2012

    " I love this book....it reminds me of my great-grandmother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwyneth | 4/10/2012

    " My third in the Wendell Berry Port William's series, hoping to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 2/9/2012

    " Amazing book. I have yet to read a Berry book that I did not like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snyder | 1/11/2012

    " I so enjoy Wendell Berry's way of making the reader want to care for the Land. I liked it all except for the rather trite and jaded picture of Christianity. I expected Berry to be above using popular stereotypes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 11/25/2011

    " This is THE book for me. It's themes -- tragedy, memory, history, loss, and man's connection to the land -- all speak to me. It's one of the few books that I've read over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/4/2011

    " I put off reading the last 40 pages for days because I didn't want what I knew would happen to happen. This is a mournful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 9/22/2011

    " Jack reviews all of his life in one day; the good and the bad. He also reviews the value of land/farming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Farley | 7/31/2011

    " Soooo good. I felt like I read the majority of it with a lump in my throat. Thank you, Sarah, for the discovery of this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista S. | 6/24/2011

    " I love the way this author uses language to describe human emotion and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 6/13/2011

    " This book makes me want to be a better person than I am. Wendell Berry always has that effect on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe | 4/28/2011

    " It's by Wendell Berry, so it was excellent, of course. This book gave great background for the rest of his Port William novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cary | 4/16/2011

    " Poetic story of rural life and death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/15/2011

    " This was a beautiful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paddy | 3/24/2011

    " Am on a Port William jag, listening to these novels is a treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rainbow | 3/5/2011

    " Interesting way of telling a story. Told mostly as the reminisces of Old Jack as he recalls some of the good and hard times of his life. Wendell Berry has such a gentle way of writing and it is a pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/16/2011

    " absolutely my all time favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrood | 12/10/2010

    " Makes me think so much of my family's farm and the stories contained in that land. Wish I'd spent more summers there.

    Berry's stories remind me of how much we have forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 10/7/2010

    " I love the way this author uses language to describe human emotion and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/5/2010

    " One of my most favorite books of all time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 5/14/2010

    " Old Jack remembers his life and how hard it has been. Several other characters see Jack through their own eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Icd | 5/13/2010

    " Reading this for my book discussion group "

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