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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2005
National Book Critics Circle Award, Fiction, 2005
From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers. Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top six novels of 2004.
In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames' life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.
©2005 Marilynne Robinson (P)2008 Hachette Digital
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Critic Reviews

"It is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime." ( Neel Mukherjee, The Times)
"Writing of this quality, with an authority as unforced as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a sense almost of danger - that at any moment, it might all go wrong. In Gilead, however, nothing goes wrong." ( Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 11-27-13

Dour Reading Failed to Resonate

What disappointed you about Gilead?

I was very interested in listening to this book, but the dour reading style of the narrator induced a profound depression in my soul. Maybe it's an accurate rendition of the character's voice, but I had to cut and run before the first chapter was out.

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5 out of 5 stars
By clive on 11-22-14

A salve to the soul and a joy

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The narrator of this beautiful book is an elderly priest in 1956 reflecting on his life in the small mid west town of Gilead. He is a tremendously appealing character -wise and sympathetic and flawed. It's a very human, sweet and profound book about families and small towns and troubles and belief. The last ten minutes had me close to tears and when it finished I found I'd been holding my breath. A joy.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 04-17-15

Beautiful story, excellent narration

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

Absolutely. Although I am not at all religious, I do have a spiritual side and from time to time I ponder my values, what my purpose in life is and whether I'm being the best person I can be. In this beautiful story, that is exactly what John Ames also did, and I very much enjoyed reflecting on his ideas and observations - strengths, foibles and all. Everything about this book was serene and uplifting. It was a treat to listen to.

Have you listened to any of Tim Jerome’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Tim Jerome is a first-class narrator. The more audiobooks I listen to, the more I have come to appreciate the incredible talent of professional narrators like Jerome. The tone, timing, rhythm and pace and character understanding are all spot on. I will definitely be looking out for more of his work.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rodney Fielding on 08-20-16

Detail and depth

This is a most unusual novel for the contemporary scene, with its concentration on Christianity and the life of a minister. I found it absorbing, and the reader excellent.

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