• by Susan Woodring
  • Narrated by Clarinda Ross
  • 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is discovered dead by the railroad tracks outside of town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Percy, the president of the town’s worldrenowned furniture company, had seemed invincible. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen, and that glimpse tugs at her, urges her to find out more.
Percy isn’t the first person to leave Rosamond - everybody seems to, from her husband, Hatley, who walked out on her years ago, to her complicated daughter Agnes, whose girlhood bedroom was papered with maps of the places she wanted to escape to. The town itself is Rosamond’s anchor, but it is beginning to quiver with the possibility of change. The high school girls are writing suicide poetry, the town’s young, lumbering sidewalk preacher is courting Rosamond’s daughter, a troubled teenage boy plans to burn Main Street to the ground, and the furniture factory itself - the very soul of Goliath - threatens to close.
In the wake of the town’s undoing, Rosamond seeks to reunite the griefshaken community. Goliath - a story of loss and love, of forgiveness and letting go - is a lyrical swoon of a novel by an exceptionally talented newcomer.


What the Critics Say

Goliath brings small town life beautifully, achingly alive…A memorable novel.” (Ann Hood, best-selling author of The Knitting Circle)
“Woodring’s sense of the constraints and hardearned pleasures of home rings as true and pure as a train whistle in the night.” (Michael Parker, author of The Watery Part of the World)
“Woodring’s writing is so clear and moving that the reader often feels, as she says of one of her characters, as if ‘the world had been sucked clear of true sound.’ This beautiful portrait of a place and its people, rendered so quietly and intimately, shuts out the world outside its pages as you read. Only the best novels can make you forget yourself as reader. Goliath is the kind of book you don’t want to put down or to end.” (Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury)


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Customer Reviews

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I don't like writing a review if I can't make it through the book. If I can save people money, that's a good reason for breaking my own review rule. Don't buy this book. If the story of a murder attracts you, consider the hundreds of other murder mysteries out there that are well written and well read. For one thing, the narrator reads as slow as a snail. I even tried the 1x reading feature of my itouch to see if that would help. Unfortunately the other problem is the actual story is just as tedious. When I made the decision to end it, I walked into my house and my first words were, "I just can't do this one." I kept thinking if I bought it in written form, I could skip over all the boring parts. The problem with that is I suspect once I get past all those, there'd be no story. I have no idea how this one got published. Save your money. Move on.
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- Holly Helscher

You get what you pay for - $5 sale

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes listening to sloowwwwwww reading by a kindergarten teacher.

Has Goliath turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - I couldn't stand listening to the reader long enough even to guess what the story was like. What I heard was well written, though. I didn't want to review the story itself because I didn't feel I had heard enough, but was compelled to submit a rating in order to write a review. Sorry about that.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Horribly horribly slow and unnatural pacing and inflection.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The writing seemed to be good. I plan to read it (in written form).

Any additional comments?

Why on Earth do narrators think they have to read so slowly?!?! Good heavens. It's torture!

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- Rosemary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-24-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.