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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (876 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Cox Narrator: Christine Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188611
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On an early spring night in 1991, two high school sweethearts slip away from a party and sneak off into the woods to make love for the first time. An hour later, Sophie lies unconscious, covered with blood, and Crow is crashing through the underbrush to escape the police. What was meant to be an idyllic, intimate evening has turned into a nightmare. 

Despite Crow’s frantic claims of innocence, evidence at the scene suggests his guilt. And Sophie, by now awake in the hospital, refuses to speak, leaving the residents of the couple’s seemingly placid Tennessee town to draw their own wildly varying conclusions. 

If Crow isn’t to blame, then who assaulted Sophie and what compelled Crow to flee? With each answer comes a new set of questions. As growing suspicions divide the town, a closer look reveals that everyone has something to hide.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cox writes in a lyrical voice that gently explains the smothered anguish of these people’s lives. She’s most insightful when she moves through Crow’s buddies, one by one, laying bare their conflicted souls.”

    Washington Post

  • “Carefully wrought…Cox painstakingly enters the consciousness of the various characters who have a stake in Crow’s fate.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Williams’ tone and pacing underscore the tensions and passions of young love, the rage and violence of adolescent boys, and the bargains parents make to keep their children safe…Williams’ sympathetic reading allows listeners to follow the plot as it shifts back and forth in time.”

    Booklist

  • “Cox’s portrayal of awkward first love carries the novel beyond its dark subject matter…Teens will be drawn to Sophie, her boyfriend, and the members of his band. Many will recognize, if not themselves, then people they know in real life.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Nation | 2/13/2014

    " The decission you make in life have an effect on others. I really felt the emotion of the characters in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn Koopmann | 2/12/2014

    " The book I read was The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox. There were two main characters Crow and Sophie. This book is about Sophie getting raped by someone and it's a mystery to the whole town. The town blames Crow for the incident that happened to Sophie. Crow in reality wasn't the one that committed the crime. Crow finds out that the whole town has something to hide. I think the type of people who should read this book is teenagers. I really liked this book because it shows that anything can happen to anyone. The book is 320 pages. It is a easy read and not difficult to understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Ader | 2/4/2014

    " Good mystery although might be classified as a "chick" book as it has a lot of character descriptions in it. The story keeps us interested...it is about a group of teenagers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/29/2014

    " Boo. I really couldn't get into this one. This book is like the worst kind of chick lit. I thought the plot was terrible, the characters were flat, and I found the whole thing to be pretty unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/27/2014

    " My Mother gave this to me to read she really loved it and gave it a 5 star rating. I didn't love it but it was good. It took me a while to get into about 1/2 way thru it started to pick up and I wanted to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/26/2014

    " I was stunned that the topic of this book was not depressing at all. Teenage rape can tend to be such a hard topic to read on... but Elizabeth Cox made this story so real - and full of feeling on both sides - that its not disgusting to read - just real. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 1/20/2014

    " Perhaps the intended audience for this book is young teenagers and if that's the case, it is probably a good story. However, I found the 'mystery' of who actually committed the crime to be not much of a mystery at all. And, there were so many different themes covered that did not relate to one another (rape, adultery, gay adolescence, parental abandonment, and Yes, even wild monkeys!), I found the story to be unfocused. I guess it could be argued that life is full of different experiences. But for me, "The Slow Moon" was a real sleeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/20/2014

    " This was such a great book...i am so glad i decided to read it. I loved the story and just couldnt wait to find out what would happen!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fayanne | 1/8/2014

    " I read this book over winter break. The topic is pretty dark, but the overall message is one of hope. I thought it was really well written, but beware it's a very emotional piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariah | 12/5/2013

    " This book was not as good as I was hoping/expecting it to be. She seems to be a Jodi Picoult type author, except her characters are no as developed. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a great one either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/24/2013

    " All in all a good read on an interesting topic. However, there were a lot of secondary story lines that seemed extraneous and could have been left out in order to develop the main plotline better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/11/2013

    " I found the story to be depressing -- too many dysfunctional families and individuals -- I probably wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Trujillo | 11/4/2013

    " I did enjoy this book quite a bit.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/2/2013

    " Was expecting much more from this one. It started out good, but it all sort of just fizzled out midways to the end then it ended and left me rather unsatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 6/26/2013

    " This was a good, quick read. It is mystery and although I figured it out, I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/16/2013

    " Meh... Thought it would be better than it was. Took me four nights to read just couldn't get swept away... The storyline was good, but did not appreciate the jumping around, I found it hard to follow, whether it was current or past being talked about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 12/23/2012

    " It was ok. Too graphic for teenagers. The motive behind the crime made no sense to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skena | 12/16/2012

    " It's an intersting book,but, I needed to have more details about each character's ending. Also I was disappointed when I knew who did that to Sophie because it's so excepected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/1/2012

    " felt slow indeed. but some loose ends too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamey | 9/28/2012

    " I loved this book. Even though the subject matter was a little dark, there is a happy ending. This was a very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 9/26/2012

    " This book was fine. A page turner, you really feel for all the characters. A nice suprise ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 9/25/2011

    " Quick, easy read. I found the author's writing style to be repetative and not engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alecia Puppe | 8/30/2011

    " a page turner none the less... I skimmed quite a bit of it but i'd say it was a fine read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Vrtikapa | 8/10/2011

    " Too predictable. Not sure why she threw in the monkey scene at the end. Kind of weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 8/8/2011

    " fast and intriguing! i like a good mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 6/16/2011

    " A page-turner, but a few clumsy spots kept it from being great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 4/25/2011

    " Good summer read...keeps you wondering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casie | 3/9/2011

    " Excellent read! I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariah | 1/25/2011

    " This book was not as good as I was hoping/expecting it to be. She seems to be a Jodi Picoult type author, except her characters are no as developed. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a great one either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/10/2011

    " An easy read that I found interesting. Reminded me of Jodi Picolt book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martac | 9/29/2010

    " An ok read as a time-filler, but nothing profound or particularly hitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie | 8/29/2010

    " The book relates a rape and subsequent activies of teenagers in a small town. I thought the adult response was realistic and very interesting. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/23/2010

    " I was amazed by the way this crime novel was almost poetic in rhythm. The author, Elizabeth Cox, must have been exhausted after finishing this novel -- it was written that well, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 7/28/2010

    " Jodie Piccouolt-ish novel of love/sex/deceit among teenagers in a small town. The inter-relationships with their families and the family relation ships feel very real.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/13/2010

    " The decission you make in life have an effect on others. I really felt the emotion of the characters in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 6/10/2010

    " I found the story to be depressing -- too many dysfunctional families and individuals -- I probably wouldn't read it again.


    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 5/25/2010

    " Reading this book was painful. There were too many people to keep track of, and I did not care about any of them. I found the writing disjunct, and told from too many points of view. I could not WAIT for the book to end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammie | 5/22/2010

    " I kept waiting for this story to develop more than it did.....and kept getting distracted by all the sub-plots that all seemed to pop up and then go nowhere.

    A very sad emotional book...especially if you have teenagers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/9/2010

    " Blah, not my favorite. The end has a ridiculous unbelievable turn that has nothing to do with anything.....can I add that monkeys are involved. Waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 2/27/2010

    " This was such a great book...i am so glad i decided to read it. I loved the story and just couldnt wait to find out what would happen!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharelle | 11/29/2009

    " Elizabeth Cox always offers a compelling, well told story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 9/8/2009

    " It was ok. Too graphic for teenagers. The motive behind the crime made no sense to me. "

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About the Author

Elizabeth Cox is the author of Night Talk, The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love, Familiar Ground, and the story collection Bargains in the Real World. She is an instructor at the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches at Wofford College in South Carolina, where she shares the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities with her husband, C. Michael Curtis. She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

About the Narrator

Christine Williams is a singer and actor based in Ashland, Oregon. Her performance credits include productions at regional theaters and on concert stages across the country and around the world, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Barbican Centre in London to the Aspen Music Festival and the Grotowski Institute in Poland.