The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

  • by Christopher Scotton
  • Narrated by Robert Petkoff
  • 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.
Medgar is beset by a massive Mountaintop Removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Kevin's grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the "company" and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.
Redemptive and emotionally resonant, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is narrated by an adult Kevin looking back on the summer when he sloughed the coverings of a boy and took his first faltering steps as a man among a rich cast of characters and an ambitious effort to reclaim a once great community.

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Great story but for the narration

This is the first audiobook that I disliked because of the narration. The performance was so subpar that I found myself not caring how the story ended. I found the narration to be pompous at times and such a caricature of southern or backwoods people's dialect that it was offensive.
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- Taylormae

Beautiful Poingnant thought provoking

I didn't know what to expect with this book and am so glad I decided to give it a listen. This will be one of those books that I will think back on. The characters were so beautifully described both in what they said and did. And the author didn't lay it all out in order. The book switched back and forth which added sweet mystery to the lives of the characters. This is a really good book and I do hope the author keeps up his good work. The narrator also did an excellent job.
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- Joange

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio