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I enjoyed the earthy simplicity and untold toils of the family. The focus on nature was a wonderful escape from our fast paced world.
What made the experience of listening to At the Edge of the Orchard the most enjoyable?
I enjoyed listening to the story about a family while learning about a period in history and a subject I've never even thought about really-who knew apple growing could be so interesting? Tracey Chevalier has a way of entwining a human story with history that brings her books to life.
Have you listened to any of Liza Ross’s other performances? How does this one compare?
no, but I liked her narration.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes,definitely. Sadie, the mother, is very unlikeable as is the Father. Robert's story is amazing and Martha's life made me want to cry, she was so badly treated by her mother and had a terrible childhood. The family had such a tough life which you can imagine is very true of many families at that time.
Any additional comments?
Wonderful book, highly recommended, I'm working through the rest of Tracey's books and look forward to her next one.
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The thing about Tracy Chevalier is that she can take a completely random subject, such as the growing of trees and particularly apples, and weave around it a truly magical story. The result is not only an education but a feeling of 'Wholeness' that will stay with me for days alongside the glow of a beautiful novel.
I'm glad I listened to this book rather than read it as Liza Ross added greatly to the storytelling with all the beautiful accents she brought along. I have read quite a few of this authors books now and have enjoyed them all to varying degrees. But this, and the Last Runaway are by far my favourites....up to now anyway!
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