• by Ron Rash
  • Narrated by Phil Gigante
  • 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire, vowing to let no one stand in their way, especially those newly rallying around Teddy Roosevelt's nascent environmental movement. Yet when Serena begins to suspect that George's allegiances may lie elsewhere, she unleashes her full fury on the young mountain woman who bore his illegitimate child the year before. Rash's masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a powerfully riveting story that, at its core, tells of love both honored and betrayed.


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Gothic Garbage with Cardboard Characters

Comparisons to Macbeth and Greek tragedy notwithstanding, this novel is a waste of time. Its prose is pedestrian. That it is on the NYT's Best Seller List says more about the tastes of the American public than the quality of the book. Serena is the ultimate sociopath. Other authors create "bad" characters but manage to invest them with characteristics and personalities which make them interesting in spite of their flaws -- not so with Serena.
The narrator affects a grating southern accent which he uses for the locals as well as the Bostonian Pemberton.
The book deserves a bodice ripping cover to convey its nature.
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- Robert "Robert"

Ecoloical Soap

Not much else to say except that the reader added nothing, and for someone who lives in the South not far from Ashville the book was hard to listen to.
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- W.Denis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio