• The Snow Child

  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: Debra Monk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-16-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline Digital
  • 4.1 (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start for themselves in a homestead 'at the world's edge' in the raw Alaska wilderness. But as the days grow shorter, Jack is losing his battle to clear the land, and Mabel can no longer contain her grief for the baby she lost many years before. The evening the first snow falls, their mood unaccountably changes. In a moment of tenderness, the pair is surprised to find they building a snowman - or rather a snow girl - together.
The next morning, all trace of her has disappeared, and Jack can't quite shake the notion that he glimpsed a small figure - a child? - running through the spruce trees in the dawn light. And how to explain the little but very human tracks Mabel finds at the edge of their property? Written with the clarity and vividness of the Russian fairy-tale from which it takes its inspiration, THE SNOW CHILD is an instant classic - the story of a couple who take a child into their hearts, all the while knowing they can never truly call her their own.
©2012 Eowyn Ivey (P)2012 Headline Digital
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Critic Reviews

"This book is real magic, shot through from cover to cover with the cold, wild beauty of the Alaskan frontier. Eowyn Ivey writes with all the captivating delicacy of the snowfalls she so beautifully describes." (Ali Shaw, author of THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET)
"If Willa Cather and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had collaborated on a book, THE SNOW CHILD would be it." (Robert Goolrick, author of A RELIABLE WIFE)
"Eowyn Ivey's prose brings the chilly northern wilderness to life." (Bookseller)
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By Liane on 03-10-12


Where does The Snow Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While a simple read this book has wonderful depths and leaves you thinking long after you finish it. Unforgetable.

What did you like best about this story?

The dance between reality and fantasy, it was masterfully written.

Which character – as performed by Debra Monk – was your favorite?

Mabel, a woman with inner beauty and torment much like the landscape she is trying to adapt to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A journey of discovery and love.

Any additional comments?

Quite a slow book and at times seem longer than it needs to be but you will find yourself immersed in the story. Well worth listening and one of those rare stories that will stay with you forever. The raw setting is beautifully and poetically presented to the reader and you find yourself rising and falling with the tempo of emotions from dark and depressed to hopeful and elated. Some things are never revealed but you find yourself accepting that.

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By Kaye on 10-16-14


If you could sum up The Snow Child in three words, what would they be?

Ethereal, haunting, memorable

Who was your favorite character and why?

The snow child herself because she was such a mystery.

What does Debra Monk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought a true voice to the characters.

If you could take any character from The Snow Child out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Esther, because she is a hoot!

Any additional comments?

This was my first audibook and it was truly special. I was very lucky to choose this one as my first.

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By S. Bradshaw on 03-06-12

A lovely haunting story with gentle narration

This is a charming story with wonderful description and imagery. The narrator's soft accent really helps the story along. The emotions of Jack and Mable and the description of the landscape, the animals and the weather are enchanting. This is the perfect listen for a quiet Sunday afternoon. It is a very serene book.

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By sarahmoose2000 on 02-22-12

Fairytale or true life

A couple move to Alaska after losing their child. They are getting older, and frontier times are harsh. As the wife sinks into depression, they build a snowchild, only for it to melt away as a young girl is seen in the woods surrounding their cabin. The girl appears to thrive in the cold weather, but is she part of a 'stir crazy/cabin fever' wish on the parents' behalf, mirroring the fairytale of a snowchild the wife loved as a youngster, or is the girl a lost child fending for herself? Nobody else ever sees the child and she seems to disappear once winter has gone...what is really happening?

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By James on 04-21-16


A beautiful story of family and love woven through the seasons, read beautifully by Debra Monk.

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By Tegan on 05-18-15

Unexpectedly enthralled...

It took a bit of time to get into, but once I was sucked in I couldn't press stop...

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