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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Theresa Weir Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781611135572
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The Orchard is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed. Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected. Rejected by her husband’s family as an outsider, she slowly learns for herself about the isolated world of farming, pesticides, environmental destruction, and death, even as she falls more deeply in love with her husband, a man she at first hardly knew and the land that has been in his family for generations. She becomes a reluctant player in their attempt to keep the codling moth from destroying the orchard, but she and Adrian eventually come to know that their efforts will not only fail but will ultimately take an irreparable toll.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What do those perfectly round, shiny red apples really cost? This poignant memoir of love, labor, and dangerous pesticides reveals the terrible true price.”

    O Magazine

  • “Equal parts moving love story and environmental warning.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Rare and wonderful…Read it: you'll be glad you did.”

    Nicholas Sparks

  • “The past is artfully juxtaposed with the present in this finely wrought work. Its haunting passages will linger long after the last page is turned.”

    Boston Globe

  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/19/2014

    " After the first four vivid and disturbing pages, the book levels off as the characters fall into a mostly predictable patterns of troubled woman meets unsuitable man. In this case, the man is obsessed with his family's farm and the pursuit of a perfect apple. The dark thread of pesticide dependence begun in the beginning pages continues through the end as human consequences unfold. There was enough originality to keep my curiousity engaged in this short, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy Azmitia | 2/18/2014

    " I rarely give out five stars but this book deserved every single one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 2/1/2014

    " The Orchard was a moving, quick read. The range of emotions ran the gambit: incredulity at Theresa's childhood and own mother, lack of understanding at the negative outlook on life of Theresa's uncle, sorrow and sympathy during Theresa's loss of loved ones. It was encouraging through her perseverance of adult life on the orchard, in marriage and dealing with her mother in law along with empathy and understanding throughout her description of motherhood. The on-going discussion of pesticide use on the orchard was a view into farm life most of us who haven't lived on a fruit farm likely found disturbing and frightening- I did and it prompted a discussion about pesticide use in general on the active farms of America today with my ag knowledgeable husband. It also made me look differently at the childhood memories I have of visiting apple orchards. I hope the practices described for treating the moths on the Curtis orchard are not still common practice, but I know I will use my fruit wash more diligently from now on. Some of the snippets I will carry with me from this memoir are Theresa's on-going commitment to the family she built with Adrian, her dedication to herself in her writing and the realization that everyone has secrets they keep from the world. Theresa's past and her recognition that telling anyone about it would change their view of her, and consequently who she was, presented an angle and suggestion much of today's "narcissistic media crazed" population who bare all to the masses via Facebook and other social media should learn from. I am curious if she did anything with the knowledge of where the chemicals canisters were that Adrian confessed to her. I must also admit I was doing a mental fist pump at her parting comment to her mother in law; it sure would be nice to have the perfect response like that sometimes! I would definitely recommend this book to others and look forward to discussing it with my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Schwanke | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this book with all my heart and soul. Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/21/2014

    " What an amazing story! This was truly a beautiful story about learning to love not just your husband but the life with it! What an insiders perspective to living on a full production farm, and the price you pay being a farmer on this style of farm! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Sinden | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent read. Relationships past and present have a lasting effect of those involved. An inside look at what is necessary to be a farmer for a family run apple orchard. I now know more about what is behind growing an apple and the trees that produce them year after year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 1/16/2014

    " Good book. Difficult to read in light of the fact that I grew up surrounded by an apple orchard and the sprays my Dad used are no longer legal either. Some of the family dynamics were too close to home also. But well-written and fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Kirkwood | 1/13/2014

    " Loved this book. Maggie marries Adrian, son of the matriarch of the Apple Farm. She is concerned about the pesticides and how the smell is on the clothes, and the particles float in the air. The Apple Farm history was amazing, the relationships and how the families evolve over time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/21/2013

    " good...3.5 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 11/12/2013

    " Didn't finish. :/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Akc | 10/18/2013

    " Really loved this book...it touched me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 10/12/2013

    " The dialogue is GREAT!! The story is sad but told so very heartwarming and sincerely. Loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SilverOwl | 8/23/2013

    " Impressive and thought provoking. Not a happy story, but an important one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 5/21/2013

    " This is so depressing. I realize the whole "chemicals shouldn't mix with daily life" thing is bad and ugly and a problem, but Weir's life was ugly before she got that far. And I'm tired of reading memoirs of badly screwed-up people, no matter who or what did it to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simiek | 3/8/2013

    " Quick read, definitely sad but interesting; especially makes me question the produce we eat, as well as, environmental protection for consumers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babs | 1/20/2013

    " Hooked from the first chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 12/2/2012

    " I re-read this book in print form after listening to the audio version and loved it all over again. This very personal yet universal story is artfully told. It is a poignant commentary on farming, motherhood, and relationships. "

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

    " Memoir of the author's unconventional marriage to an apple farmer and the effects of the farm and all that goes with it on their lives. Interspersed with accounts of her difficult, nomadic childhood. Good pace. Reads like a novel more than a memoir really. I kept wondering if it was real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Cummings | 6/26/2012

    " Loved this book, beautiful read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/9/2012

    " Just started this book but very good so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/5/2011

    " Evaluation: This story of hardship and suffering, and love and hope pretty much stole my heart. At the end of the book, I felt like I knew this family well, and my tears were not only for all that Teresa had lost, but also for all that she finally achieved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters became people I knew and liked. I must say, though, I now have a different attitude towards apples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamah | 11/2/2011

    " I was lucky enough to hear Theresa Weir talk about the book before I read it. She has written many novels under a number of names - but this slim memoir which will stay with me. Love, marriage, farming and pesticides - I couldn't imagine how they would all fit in one life - reads like a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 10/5/2011

    " A memoir and a very interesting story.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this memoir and the writing. Very factual, not too sentimental and conveyed a lot of information with few words.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 9/25/2011

    " At the end of the day, Weir's life wasn't all that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/24/2011

    " I liked this book very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitty | 9/24/2011

    " Author has had a lot of bad breaks throughout her life, but I never felt a connection with her or any of the other characters in the book. She has a lot of guts having been able to overcome her past, her bad choices and move ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 9/23/2011

    " Just started this book but very good so far.

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About the Author
Author Theresa WeirTheresa Weir is a USA Today bestselling author of nineteen novels that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, and paranormal; her work has been translated into twenty languages. Her debut title was the cult phenomenon, Amazon Lily, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (Cool Shade) and the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Bad Karma). She has also published as Anne Frasier. Her thriller and suspense titles have hit the USA Today list (Hush, Sleep Tight, Play Dead) and have been featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. Hush was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. Theresa spent twenty years living on a working apple farm, and now divides her time between St. Paul, Minnesota, and a century-old Gothic church in rural Wisconsin.
About the Narrator

Ellen Archer is an award-winning narrator, actress, and singer with a degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed extensively on the New York stage and in regional theaters. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.