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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834479
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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

  • 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

  • “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

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

    Kliatt

  • “Clearly inspired by his subject...Baldacci triumphs with his best novel yet, an utterly captivating drama...What the novel offers above all is bone-deep emotional truth, as its myriad characters—each, except for one cartoonish villain, as real as readers’ own kin—grapple not just with issues of life and death but with the sufferings and joys of daily existence...This novel has a huge heart—and millions of readers are going to love it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 2/14/2014

    " A recommendation from my husband...enjoyed the book and it was a quick read, so I will give him another shot! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book! The book was based in Virginia and growing up here made it especially interesting. I very quick read. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 De Ann | 2/9/2014

    " Read this one for January book club. I liked it, a coming of age story set in 1940s Virginia. Interesting language and rooting factor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonard | 2/9/2014

    " Very different than other books. Heart warming story set in Appalachian coal country of SW Virginia in 1940. 2 children are being raised by their great-grandmother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Caslin | 2/7/2014

    " It took a while for me to pick this book up because it is so different from his usual genre, but I am certainly glad I did. It is a fantastic, interesting, and emotional story. If it is the topic/genre that is detering you...don't let it. Read it! "

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

    " The Waltons meet To Kill a Mockingbird. Very wholesome and sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/5/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emanuel Ramos | 1/5/2014

    " Nice story with compelling characters, but ultimately the execution is lacking. Cheese a-plenty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/4/2014

    " departure from his usual work. It started very slow, and I almost stopped reading the book. But it finished up well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Just Me | 12/27/2013

    " Hmmm, I'm not much of a David Baldacci fan. But this book was sweet and authentic. The Virginia mountain people were a bit too cliched, but still a good read. I would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 11/13/2013

    " This is the first time since high school that I stayed up all night to finish a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendra | 11/13/2013

    " I read the first 9 chapters and stopped. Just stopped. I don't know what it was - whether it was the writing or the characters - I just didn't care. ??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Barbeau | 11/11/2013

    " One of the best books I ever read, could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayushi | 10/25/2013

    " Slow but not bad. I prefer the author's thrillers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Chandler | 9/28/2013

    " LOVE this story. A complete departure for Baldacci and it totally absorbed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Worthington | 8/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garry Hoffmann | 8/21/2013

    " A good story well-told but the characters were formulaic e.g. the little brother was too cute, the illiterate orphan too noble, the great-grandmother too wise, the urban-turned-country lawyer too sensitive, the just-turning-teen protagonist too volatile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathaniel Soderstrom | 5/7/2013

    " My favorite of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Okeefe | 4/10/2013

    " Read this in a day and a half. Quick easy read. Coud be a very good novel choice for high school students in the States since it is set in the US mountains. A young girl grows up quickly when she moves from New York City after the death of her father to live with her grandmother. Loss and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/26/2013

    " Stick with this book! It was a bit slow at parts but a very good ending makes this a worthwhile book to stick with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Swhe641200 | 11/14/2012

    " Read this book for Jill. It was the story of living in Virginia. There were a few swear words but a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Martin | 8/9/2012

    " I really loved this book and was sad when it was over. It is a story of family love and love of the land, of meeting challenges with dignity and integrity. I highly recommend it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 8/2/2012

    " I love reading books like this, dreaming of living in the olden days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen Greene | 5/24/2012

    " A heartwarming read that deals with reconciling generational differences. I took this to Hawaii with me in November, and finished the entire thing in a day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 11/17/2011

    " This was one of those books that was alright while I was reading it, and liked it more when I had read it all and thought about it as a whole. All the thinks the characters have to go through and deal with aren't always happy, but it does end well, thank goodness! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 11/5/2011

    " 12 yr Lou(girl) and her brother Oz due to the death of their father, go to live w/great grandma I the mountains of VA. Great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 10/8/2011

    " Loved the history telling in the story! Very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 7/28/2011

    " A delightful book. I couldn't put it down. The characters are strong and refreshing and the descriptions are delightful. "

  • 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 Narrator

Kate Burton, winner of four Earphones Awards for narration, is best known for her work on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, The Constant Wife, and Spring Awakening, as well as on television in Grey’s Anatomy and Empire Falls. Her films include Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Unfaithful, and Remember Me. She played the title role in Alice in Wonderland with her father, Richard Burton, on PBS.