Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

  • by Carol Wall
  • Narrated by Cynthia Darlow
  • 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A bestseller in the making, this is the true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing - and ultimately everything - in common.
Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor's yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he's very good at gardening.
Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol's yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

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Customer Reviews

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Sorry, I cannot recommend

Perhaps this book would have been better if I had read it. The reader's slight Southern accent (which was accurate for Roanoke) rubbed me the wrong way. I only finished it because it was a book club selection.
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- Kathryn "alwayslookingforgoodbooks"

More endearing friendship than love of gardening.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book but more as an endearing tale of a great friendship over common interests like gardening and the common life challenges we all face than anything having to do with cultivating a deep love of gardening. That theme seemed far secondary in the story than that of true and deep relationships. Carol Wall has written a nice book and Cynthia Darlow did a very good job with the reading. My only critisim is that the title did seem a bit misleading. A good listen however.


What about Cynthia Darlow’s performance did you like?

I think it is very difficult to constantly shift between accents and Cynthia Darlow does a great job.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Learning to Love and Live in the Infernal Azaleas.


Any additional comments?

Like the azaleas you may dislike or think ugly, life too has its moments of full and glorious color. And dispite all evidence to the contrary you can learn to love, appreciate and LIVE with the seasons of both.

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- Mari

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio