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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (88 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonny Brewer Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781440791345
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Based on a true story, The Widow and the Tree features a five-hundred-year-old Ghosthead Oak, whose stately presence has borne witness to the rise and fall of generations, to the hopes and dreams of untold lives, and to the births and deaths of innumerable residents along coastal Alabama. Some say the fabled giant tree was once a knee-high seedling brushed by the black boot of Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez. In silence and with dignity, the Ghosthead has served as sentinel to the widow’s family land for countless generations. So why would the widow walk into a biker bar and hire a man to fire up his chainsaw and inflict fatal gashes around its trunk, ending in a few minutes what took five centuries to create?

The Widow and the Tree is a tale of dark deeds committed with mercy in mind, provoking the reader to ask: Would I have done the same thing?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dark tale of moral choices in a uniquely conjured location.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Giauque | 11/14/2013

    " I got this as an audio book from Net Library knowing nothing about it. There's just not a huge choice there. It wasn't terrible, just not that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renie | 9/15/2013

    " This book is a beautifully written, poignant tale. I enjoyed the rich language and imagery presented as the tale unfolds. It's reminiscent and equally as tragic as The Giving Tree... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 9/3/2013

    " Short read but deep and meaningful. Set in northern Florida backwoods, country. Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claudia | 8/26/2013

    " tried to read it twice and couldn't get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/20/2013

    " Amazing book & great audiobook. I was riveted to every lyrical line. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/6/2013

    " Sonny Brewer is a great Southern writer and storyteller. This book is endorsed by Harper Lee - need I say more?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnvano | 4/5/2013

    " A unique and expansive tree fosters differing viewpoints on its power--from a widow, a veteran, a former journalist, and a game warden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 1/14/2012

    " Weird book. Creepy, good... but sometimes it tries too hard to be creepy. Read House of Leaves instead, much cooler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 10/10/2011

    " The Ghosthead Oak, 5 centuries old, becomes the centerpiece of a beautifully written novel with the characters of the widow, the veteran, the game warden and the deputy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Garza | 10/4/2011

    " I really disliked this book. Mostly the way it was written. But I didn't connect with any of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cody | 8/28/2011

    " Total disappointment! Book needs and editor as the chapters appear out of order and several were totally unecessary. Ignore the blurbs on the cover, it's not worth it. Story was obvious from the beginning and never really goes anywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Holmes | 8/15/2011

    " This is an interesting story, especially if you are familiar with Weeks Bay close to Mobile, AL. It is a fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarahjane | 6/2/2011

    " I wanted more of everything. More character development, more story, more pages... It was beautiful but not satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cody | 3/8/2011

    " Total disappointment! Book needs and editor as the chapters appear out of order and several were totally unecessary. Ignore the blurbs on the cover, it's not worth it. Story was obvious from the beginning and never really goes anywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnvano | 9/3/2010

    " A unique and expansive tree fosters differing viewpoints on its power--from a widow, a veteran, a former journalist, and a game warden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 8/7/2010

    " Sonny Brewer is a great Southern writer and storyteller. This book is endorsed by Harper Lee - need I say more?! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/13/2010

    " I really disliked this book. Mostly the way it was written. But I didn't connect with any of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/22/2010

    " Short read but deep and meaningful. Set in northern Florida backwoods, country. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 4/21/2010

    " Weird book. Creepy, good... but sometimes it tries too hard to be creepy. Read House of Leaves instead, much cooler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renie | 3/13/2010

    " This book is a beautifully written, poignant tale. I enjoyed the rich language and imagery presented as the tale unfolds. It's reminiscent and equally as tragic as The Giving Tree... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claudia | 1/31/2010

    " tried to read it twice and couldn't get into it. "

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About the Author

Sonny Brewer is the author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park and A Sound Like Thunder. He started Over the Transom Bookshop in Fairhope, Alabama and is board chairman of the nonprofit Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts. He is the former editor in chief of Mobile Bay Monthly; he also published and edited Eastern Shore Quarterly magazine, edited Red Bluff Review, and was founding associate editor of the weekly West Alabama Gazette.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.