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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Morgan Narrator: Rosemary Alexander, Robert Clotworthy Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781598874471
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Muir Powell is a shy, innocent, seventeen-year-old with big dreams and no clue what to do about them. Moody Powell is a few years older and wild. Embittered by the death of his father fifteen years earlier, cramped by the narrowness of his mountain world, Moody escapes into moonshine and gambling while Ginny, their mother, watches helplessly.

When Muir decides his purpose in life is to build a rock church with his own hands, the consequences of his ambition are far-reaching. A community threatens to tear itself apart, people die, and the brothers are forced to confront each other.

Set on the same ground as The Truest Pleasure and Gap Creek, This Rock continues Morgan’s powerful, eloquent cycle of novels about Appalachia.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/17/2014

    " The tragic struggles of a family and their relationships, as heard from the mom and one of the sons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola4 | 2/11/2014

    " I am a real big Morgan fan, cannot think of any author I'd rather read. This book picks up on both The Truest Pleasure and Gap Creek, moving the characters into the 1920's. I thoroughly loved this book, but not as much as its predecessors. I think I identify primarily with the female protaganists, who were pushed to the background in this story. I think you need to read The Truest Pleasure before This Rock. If I hadn't have read Truest Pleasure so recently, I doubt I'd have gotten to know or care about Ginny much at all, but I was already seeing from her perspective when I got to This Rock. Moody never emerges fully, maybe by design since clearly no one in the family knew him or understood him, so neither did I. However, I think his shadowy portrayal lessens the impact that the story would have had, if he'd been drawn more clearly as a flesh and blood person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 2/10/2014

    " Finished this on 3/16...it was a good book. I really enjoy Morgan's writing style. I also enjoy his writing b/c it takes place in the area around where I live. Gap Creek is my favorite of his books, but this one is interesting too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Setser | 2/5/2014

    " Slow in the middle but great ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Perkidebs | 1/28/2014

    " I loved Gap Creek but didn't find this one as interesting. I couldn't really relate to any of the characters and I kept waiting for something to pull me into the story. Just didn't happen for me. "

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

    " I wanted to give this 5 stars because I love the combination of the gritty storyline blended with poetic writing. There are so few books that I read slowly - I tend to skim a lot of most books. However, I found myself re-reading passages that were written so beautifully. I will definitely read the Morgan books I have not read yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 1/12/2014

    " So slow, hard to get through even though it was less than 300 pages. Horrifying chapter about a circus elephant almost made me drop the book and not pick it back up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 1/12/2014

    " The author does a nice job pulling the reader into the story. I felt a connection to all of the main characters and could relate to their struggles. On the down side I felt the story was grey and depressing. Just when you think a character would overcome he gets cut down. The book is well written but too depressing for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/1/2014

    " A slow start, but it eventually picked up and was a pretty good novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Stone | 12/20/2013

    " This book was...interesting. It was good, I just didn't like the ending much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 12/20/2013

    " Not as good as Gap Creek, but I still liked it! "

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

    " I liked it, but I was wanting another "Gap Creek" and this wasn't nearly as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 12/6/2013

    " was outstand could have not ask for a bettwer book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/14/2013

    " I picked this and Gap Creek up by pure coincidence, expecting nothing but actually getting one of those books I really enjoyed. They (Gap Creek and this) won't change your life, nor would I say that this was any sort of must-read - but it was very well worth my time. "

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

    " Great book by Robert Morgan!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lessie | 9/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. The characters from a favorite, Gap Creek, showed up to my delight. But the read didn't completly come together for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tia | 6/7/2013

    " I need to comeback to this book another time. It's rather slow and I could not really get in to it. I don't think it's bad, but I am definately not feeling drawn into the story of two brothers Cain and Able style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/15/2012

    " This is an enjoyable book that my friend Melinda Parker recommended. It takes you into a world of faith and into a world of real struggle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 10/12/2012

    " Story of the rivalry between two brothers in Appalachia. Good, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 10/2/2012

    " When you are in the mood for something light. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty Jones | 9/20/2012

    " He is an Appalachian writer, but this was not a favorite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 4/26/2012

    " I could barely get through this book. Slow moving and boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy | 2/10/2012

    " So upset! I love Robert Morgan. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/9/2012

    " The ending was so odd on this book; only a man could make up such an ending! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerilyn Polson | 2/8/2012

    " A few good moments. Didn't like the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Eckberg | 1/10/2012

    " Astonishing book. A must-read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, the story is about simple people and their lives, but their feelings are not simple, and their lives are not easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/27/2011

    " The tragic struggles of a family and their relationships, as heard from the mom and one of the sons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 4/14/2011

    " Well written and engaging overall. A little too much preaching dialouge for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/4/2011

    " Great book by Robert Morgan!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/31/2011

    " A slow start, but it eventually picked up and was a pretty good novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 1/13/2011

    " Morgan is great at capturing time and place, along with dialogue. This one was even better than Gap Creek. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 3/24/2010

    " He is an Appalachian writer, but this was not a favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/5/2010

    " I picked this and Gap Creek up by pure coincidence, expecting nothing but actually getting one of those books I really enjoyed. They (Gap Creek and this) won't change your life, nor would I say that this was any sort of must-read - but it was very well worth my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lessie | 12/4/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. The characters from a favorite, Gap Creek, showed up to my delight. But the read didn't completly come together for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 9/19/2009

    " Story of the rivalry between two brothers in Appalachia. Good, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 3/14/2009

    " Finished this on 3/16...it was a good book. I really enjoy Morgan's writing style. I also enjoy his writing b/c it takes place in the area around where I live. Gap Creek is my favorite of his books, but this one is interesting too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 9/28/2008

    " I liked it, but I was wanting another "Gap Creek" and this wasn't nearly as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/4/2008

    " I enjoyed this book, the story is about simple people and their lives, but their feelings are not simple, and their lives are not easy. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan, a poet and novelist raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors, is a native of North Carolina mountains that act as the backdrop for his intensely personal writing. He has won the James B. Hanes Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and the Jacaranda Review Fiction Prize.