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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,943 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gin Phillips Narrator: T. J. Kenneally, Margaret Nichols Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780307578242
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A novel of warmth and true feeling, The Well and the Mine explores the value of community, charity, family, and hope that we can give each other during a time of hardship.

In a small Alabama coal-mining town during the summer of 1931, nine-year-old Tess Moore sits on her back porch and watches a woman toss a baby into her family’s well without a word. This shocking act of violence sets in motion a chain of events that forces Tess and her older sister Virgie to look beyond their own door and learn the value of kindness and lending a helping hand. As Tess and Virgie try to solve the mystery of the well, an accident puts their seven-year-old brother’s life in danger, revealing just what sorts of sacrifices their parents, Albert and Leta, have made in order to give their children a better life, and the power of love and compassion to provide comfort to those we love. 

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

    " I didn't think the characters and the way they interacted was entirely believable, yet I would like to believe families in their situation would have behaved this way. I loved that each family member was strong and likable in different ways. "

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

    " right from the start the characters in this book are easy to love. It's a book that's easy to read and catches your attention on sentence #1. Beautifully written and I look forward to reading more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Mohler-Musgrave | 2/18/2014

    " Good story about life in a mining town in Alabama in the late '20's & early '30's & a secret they were trying to figure out. I would not have done well in that era, when I read about the work women (& men) had to do I know I would not have made it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette Guerin | 2/14/2014

    " A very good read. I enjoyed the 5 different voices of the novel. Phillips tries to make you understand that all things aren't black and white. Thought it reflected well on what the modernists were trying to say about perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/14/2014

    " Such a wonderful, tenderhearted story. I loved the characters, especially the sisters and their father - such a kind man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/8/2014

    " wonderful companion to teaching about the Great Depression and the migrant farm period. Dynamic characters- the first paragraph will hook you....a bit confused sometimes as to who was who.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 1/27/2014

    " Good story that is well written, told from the view points of five family members living in Alabama in the 1930's. "

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

    " A really educational slice of life story set in a coal-mining town in the 1930s. All the more poignant in light of the Pyke River Mine tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 1/19/2014

    " I really liked this story. Each family member had their own voice in the story about a happening and their perspective on it. I wish the story could go on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 1/15/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book. Best since Water for Elephants. Takes you right back into the time period... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting picture of life during the Depression era in small-town Alabama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/17/2013

    " This was on some list as one of the best books of the year, so I picked it up. And it's pretty good. It's captivating in it's descriptions of Southern life and the characters are believable and fleshed out, but I guess I wanted a little more from the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book - - it's based on a sad/startling premise, but I loved the character development. Of course, I read the bulk of this book on vacation which always seems (for me) to create a positive bias . . . .what book isn't better when read on the beach? :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 12/9/2013

    " I kept waiting to really like this book but it never happened. It was fairly well written and a somewhat interesting but predictable story. I think the characters were all a bit two-dimensional though, so the book never really took off for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Weaver | 12/7/2013

    " Makes you feel like your are right there. Taking you back to life in an old mining town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 8/15/2013

    " Simple yet beautiful writing with real,lovable characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kari Gang | 5/13/2013

    " Well, I didn't actually finish this. It really wasn't going anywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Jovanovich | 3/10/2013

    " This book is exquisite. The prose is deliberate in a way that reminds me of The Great Gatsby and The Scarlet Letter. My only complaint is that it should have been longer, because I fell in love with the characters so much that I had a hard time letting go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/1/2012

    " Came across it around the time my class was reading Grapes of Wrath. Super interesting to read about the depression elsewhere other than the midwest. Loved the style of the multiple narrators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/4/2012

    " I wanted to like this book, but I found I could not connect with the characters, and, as a consequence, I wasn't interested in their reactions to a horrible event. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Tysseling | 3/15/2012

    " Unusual format , gradually unfolding. An enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melanie (lit*chick) | 3/1/2012

    " 4.5 stars - this is my 2009 "Tomato Girl" - I love southern fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/23/2011

    " I didn't LOVE this book like some, but thought it was a good read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 6/9/2011

    " A super quick read but a nice contrast between the slow, Southern style. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it all made sense in the end in the bigger picture of it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verna | 3/25/2011

    " Gin Phillips beautifully and accurately puts us in a mining town during an era before civil rights or OASHA, and gives us characters that are fully formed, complex, and warm blooded. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 3/10/2011

    " Wasn't blown away. I felt like it dragged. Good character development but the plot wasn't very strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/23/2011

    " I didn't love this book like some, but thought it was a good read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 2/1/2011

    " A lovely book, written with intertwining chapters, voiced by the different characters. Gives a good description of life in a small mining town in the 1930s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/19/2011

    " Excellent novel of coal mining town in Alabama in 1931. A baby is put down a well and 2 sisters try to discover who did it. Not as gruesome as it sounds. Author has a wonderful ear for dialogue and an eye for charming detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 1/11/2011

    " Fantastic first novel. Beautfifully written - amazing characterization about a small mining town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/9/2011

    " Read during a stay in the Panamanian interior - having just come from my brother's in Texas - so applicable in some ways!
    Good characters and a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/9/2011

    " I really liked this book. The characters and their dialogue was so engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 1/5/2011

    " good to change it up- a different read for me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/1/2011

    " Although the author painted a clear picture of life in the South, I had no interest in finishing the book after about 3/4 of the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/30/2010

    " Although I seldom wanted to pick this book up and read it, once I did I had no problem getting into it. Overall I liked it, but I felt like the story moved along at the rate of molasses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette | 12/29/2010

    " A very good read. I enjoyed the 5 different voices of the novel. Phillips tries to make you understand that all things aren't black and white. Thought it reflected well on what the modernists were trying to say about perspective. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kari | 12/5/2010

    " Well, I didn't actually finish this. It really wasn't going anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/2/2010

    " Loved this book. I loved the characters and the writing style. No real climax to the story but instead of disappointment I just enjoyed the beauty of the story. "

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