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4.12142857142857 out of 54.12142857142857 out of 54.12142857142857 out of 54.12142857142857 out of 54.12142857142857 out of 5 4.12 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Joshua Ferris, Norma Lana Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834462
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David Baldacci's million-copy-plus bestseller is now a feature film available on DVD and video on demand!

Precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal lives in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her family. Then tragedy strikes--and Lou and her younger brother, Oz, must go with their invalid mother to live on their great-grandmother's farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures tragic, comic, and audacious. But the forces of greed and justice are about to clash over her new home...and as their struggle is played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom, it will determine the future of two children, an entire town, and the mountains they love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Baldacci is known for his thrillers, but after WISH YOU WELL the real mystery is why he doesn't write more stories like it. He shows strong insight into the minds of children by telling the story of 12-year-old Lou and her 7-year-old brother, Oz, who are learning to live with their great-grandmother in Virginia after the death of their father. Norma Lana brings so much vigor to the story the listener will be tempted to stand up and cheer, or reach for a tissue. This is one of those performances that make us late for work. Lana speaks in the mountain tongue so well that there's no question of its authenticity. There's a lot of Baldacci in the story--he comes from the same mountains-- and it shows in the sheer joy of the writing. M.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 07]
  • Lana reads with less of a mountain drawl than might be strictly true to life, but for the sake of most listeners' ability to understand, that's probably a good thing. She does make each of her main characters a distinct individual, an advatage not to be underestimated.
  • “Baldacci triumphs with his best novel yet, an utterly captivating drama…What the novel offers above all is bone-deep emotional truth…This novel has a huge heart—and millions of readers are going to love it.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Readers will keep turning the pages of this delightful tale.

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Knot-tight, driven, and in the end, an uplifting gospel that speaks to the strength of family bonds, Wish You Well adds a new dimension to Baldacci the writer and to the code of Appalachia-inspired artistry…The ending is pure Baldacci, uncertain until the last page.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “An exciting and engrossing story…A fine rewarding book.”

    Mansfield (OH) News Journal

  • “Wish You Well, set in [Baldacci’s] native Virginia, is a tale of hope and wonder…This shift from contentious urbanites to homespun hill families may come as a surprise to some of Baldacci’s fans—but they can rest assured: the author’s sense of pacing and exuberant prose have made the leap as well…Baldacci switches deftly between lovingly detailed character description and patient development of the novel’s central plot.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[An] affecting novel whose richly textured setting of southwestern Virginia in the 1940s draws on the reminiscences of his mother and grandmother...Readers of historical fiction will welcome his debut in the genre.”

    Library Journal

  • “An excellent portrait of race and class distinction of the time and place and of a young woman growing up. And a good read.”

    Kliatt

  • “Baldacci slows things down a bit [in] Wish You Well, a story he culled from his own family’s history and experiences. It’s a coming-of-age tale reminiscent of that timeless classic To Kill a Mockingbird, where the setting—Virginia mountain coal country in the post-Depression 40s—is as much a character as any of the people who walk the pages.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/12/2014

    " I have never read any of David Baldacci's books but it is my understanding that this novel is a departure from his usual writing. I have to say I would not have chosen this book on my own, I read it with a book club I am in. I did thoroughly enjoy this book. It is a beautiful story about two children who lose their father and move from New York city to the rural mountains of Virgina. They struggle to come to terms with the difficulty of losing a parent and the everyday difficulties of living a life that relies on the land. The book was certainly worth reading and the characters will stay with you for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Curry | 2/8/2014

    " This one's a tear jerker and very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie Bleazard | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Very different from his other titles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis Henn | 2/5/2014

    " Super cheesy. Predictable plot. The ending made me gag. Maybe this was written for a YA crowd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/2/2014

    " Wonderful read! Not your typical David Baldacci book. Very touching story. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed the concrete details of a girl uprooted from NYC to a hard-working life on a farm in Virgina. I enjoyed reading about the connection that exists between the generations and how who our ancestors are deeply affect who we are. It had a great resolution at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 1/23/2014

    " A gripping, heartfelt novel. Lovely to read it again after several years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deyanne | 1/17/2014

    " I didn't think I had read any Baldacci until a friend reminded me of this book today. My memory tells me that I liked it...lots. I remember it as heartwarming and engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tawny Winward | 12/5/2013

    " The story of two young children and how their lives and views change and mold them into the adults they become at an important part in their lives. A few too many unbelievable things. p.2 "Characters seemed more real than one's family" p. 260 why do things happen "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda Shuster | 11/29/2013

    " I loved this book. Both my parents have died but shared with me very similar stories about their childhood. My Dad grew up in SW Virginia (raised by his grandmother) and my Mom on a farm in SC. Reading the novel was like enjoying a big plate of comfort food. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa | 11/10/2013

    " Great book. Well written. Easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 10/27/2013

    " I really liked this book a lot - reminded me a bit of "To Kill a Mockingbird". I've never read any of Baldacci's other books, which are apparently a completely different genre, but this was well-written and an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson Farmer | 9/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this coming of age story. It ALMOST made me want to move to a farm so that my kids could learn to work. I couldn't help but love Lou and her brother, Oz. I belive I learned a few lessons on life right along with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mutheu | 9/23/2013

    " Had mixed feelings about this book, I don't know Baldacci to write such a normal home-style book but an author should explore all the avenues. Wonder what other people thought? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/16/2013

    " I liked the story for the most part, but I think the premise of the mom going inot mental trauma because her child gave her a threatening look is a little far-fetched. I do think I'll read more by this author though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley Abbassian | 9/4/2013

    " After having read and really enjoyed many of Baldacci's legal thrillers, I downloaded this on a whim and thought if it doesn't grab me I'll move on to another book. This was a lovely, old-fashioned story with a To Kill a Mockingbird feel to it. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loretta Swafford | 9/26/2012

    " Like it ..new twist of how our folks can live a different life than what we did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/4/2012

    " Two worlds collide when a young girl from the city goes to live with her grandmother in the hills. She meets new people and eventually accepts others and learns about her family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maura | 3/27/2012

    " This book is both sad and happy. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE ON JANUARY 25 2013!!!!! MACKENZIE FOY WILL BE PLAYING LOU!!!! (SHE'S RENESMEE IN BREAKING DAWN PART 2:):):) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne Busse | 3/26/2012

    " This was different than the rest of his books. Touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Gennarelli | 3/7/2012

    " Not his usual style of book. Amazing story. I reread this book every couple of year's. So good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 2/16/2012

    " Very well done. Encourages you to start your family tree, to learn from the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Hammer | 2/6/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book bit would have appreciated a better ending...or, perhaps a sequel. Seems this book could have been made into a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 12/20/2011

    " I loved it, but it was soooooo sad;( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennybug | 12/7/2011

    " I really liked this book. I liked the characters and I liked how it described the Mountains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/3/2011

    " Has a somewhat predictable flow, and a few over reaching elements. But a well told story. Characters are lacking in someways. Yet it is hard not to like the story and feel the run of tragedy and triumphs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 9/13/2011

    " Book on CD. 3 1/2 stars nice tale about appalachia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion Stewart | 7/18/2011

    " I loved this book! A change from his usual writing. Delightful story of how we can learn the most important lessons in life from the simplest experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barrie | 7/11/2011

    " Great sweet read about life in Virginia mountains. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 6/27/2011

    " It was a good story about growing up in rural environments. Had all the elements of a great story: great characters, struggles against overpowering odds, and flow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 6/10/2011

    " Awesome, wonderful, surprising. I loved this book, and this was entirely unexpected. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 6/10/2011

    " A departure from his usual lawyer story. This book was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 6/9/2011

    " I loved this book. The author didn't thrill me on other titles, but this one is clean and a wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/28/2011

    " This was a departure from Baldacci thriller style, but a very enjoyable, poignant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kammy | 5/23/2011

    " This is a sweet story about family, faith and love. Lou is another smart young female lead who comes of age in this book. I love stories like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 5/12/2011

    " This is a really nice, good pleasant read that will make you smile. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 5/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed this coming of age story. It ALMOST made me want to move to a farm so that my kids could learn to work. I couldn't help but love Lou and her brother, Oz. I belive I learned a few lessons on life right along with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 5/6/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books. I think this is a book that should be on the reading list at high schools. The story gripped me from the start and kept me interested throughout the whole book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/3/2011

    " A very touching story. Captivating. Kept me wanting more.

    I wish Mr. Baldacci would write more books like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/3/2011

    " I really liked this book. It had a great story line and an excellent ending. Baldacci continues to show how well he can tell a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/1/2011

    " This was quite the departure from what Baldacci is more recently known for, but still a delightful tale of family and faith. However, I would say that he has honed the craft in the last eleven years since Wish You Well was published. "

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About the Author
Author David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

About the Narrators

Joshua Ferris received a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Best New American Voices 2005, and Prairie Schooner. He was born in Danville, Illinois, grew up in Key West, and now lives in Brooklyn.

Norma Lana is the founding member of and writer for Girlz on Top, an all-female comedy group. She has starred in numerous theater productions, including The Diviners, Bad Behavior, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Norma has had many roles on film and television, including Arrest & Trial, The Ruth Truth, and Backstreet Dreams. Her voice can also be heard as a computer virus on Hackers.