The Beech Tree introduces you to the lives of those who visited the tree and shared their lives, their loves, their hopes and dreams, beneath the tree's dark green canopy...and their curious, inexplicable connection to one another. The listeners are introduced to Johnny and Margo, the first characters to visit the tree, just before Johnny ships off to fight in The Great War in 1918. We follow Johnny and Margo, and also Johnny's lifelong albeit socially taboo friendship with his friend, "Bullet Joe" Rogan, a pitcher in the Negro Leagues. Johnny introduces his granddaughter, Debby, to the tree in 1957, an era of bobby socks, roller-skating carhops, and Elvis music, and Debby meets Mason in 1967's Summer of Love, just before Mason is drafted to fight in Vietnam. For 30 years, Debby wonders whatever became of the boy who changed her life. Then she finds out.
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Clever multi-generational story well told
I enjoyed The Beech Tree immensely. The beech tree ties 100+ years of intertwined relationships together in fine fashion. The characters are well-developed and interesting, and they relate believably over the generations to create a story that evokes a feeling of heritage. Plus, the author creates frequent clever turns of phrase that make me smile.
The narrator has a consistently warm, anticipatory manner. He obviously likes telling the story, making me like hearing it.
This is a fine audiobook, well told. I strongly recommend The Beech Tree.
- J. Seitz
Great tale of several intertwined lives.
Lifelike. Interesting. Familiar.
Bullet. He brought out the best in Johnny.
Mason. He was a very complex person.
James Conlan was masterful in assuming the different characters seamlessly. Really put you into each scene.