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Author: Paul Gallico Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781482950359
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On the desolate Essex marshes, a young girl named Fritha arrives at a remote lighthouse seeking help from its lonely inhabitant: Philip Rhayader, a crippled artist who has established a bird sanctuary on his land. The girl brings to him a wounded snow goose, which the gentle Philip takes under his care. Soon a friendship blossoms as he and Fritha nurse the bird back to health, though as the years pass, Fritha visits the lighthouse only when the snow goose is there. Then the outbreak of World War II draws Philip away from his home to help in the war effort—and suddenly Fritha has a new reason to return to the lighthouse.

Beautifully written all the way through to its powerful ending, The Snow Goose has been in print since its original publication in 1941.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Ralph Cosham is wonderfully adept at capturing the raw emotional draw of the story and fills his reading with an elegiac grace. One of Gallico’s finest achievements is his evocation of the landscape and its cold, stark beauty. Cosham, in addition to his great sense of pacing and characterization, manages to make listeners feel the windblown space of the brief novel as well as its melancholy notes of loss.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Written during some of the darkest days of the last century, this sad, sweet tale still makes heartwarming reading.”

    Guardian (London) 

  • “A tale of exquisite sentimentality and storytelling.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Gallico’s classic story of the selflessness of a goodhearted recluse speaks volumes to readers accustomed to a world plagued by self-gratification…Beautifully written…The overall story is clear, poignant, and still relevant years after its original publication.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The portrayal of an ordinary hero in wartime, as well as the transformation of an outsider who stands tall at last, are enduring in their appeal.”


  • Winner of the O. Henry Award

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About the Author

Paul Gallico (1897–1976) was an American short-story writer, novelist and sports writer. Many of his stories and novels were adapted for the screen, the best known being The Poseidon Adventure and The Snow Goose. He achieved national acclaim as a sportswriter and editor at the New York Daily News. He created the Golden Gloves amateur boxing competition and boxed with Jack Dempsey, swam against Johnny Weissmuller, golfed with Bobby Jones, and caught for Dizzy Dean. His novella The Snow Goose has been continually in print since 1941.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.