Library Ed. Recorded Books 2005
CS ISBN 141931940X $59.75 Seven cassettes
CD ISBN 1419319426 $74.75 Eight CDs
Kate Forbes adds her own rhythms and powerful voice to this production, which features Appalachian ballads. Well-balanced and clear, Forbes's North Carolina accents are distinctive enough to bring each character to life but subtle enough to avoid distraction or caricature. The beautifully written text dances with Forbes's sweetly rounded vowels and tireless enthusiasm. However, the novel features more than a folksy voice; the setting is lovingly described, and the characters are almost mesmerizing as they endure Civil War and lost love. Forbes makes her way through the complex relationships and impromptu musical performances with ease. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 06]
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