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by | Read by Barbara Caruso

Historical Fiction • 14.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2012

The harsh conditions on the tiny island of San Miguel are both denigrated and praised by two families trying to survive there--one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s. Barbara Caruso's performance champions the perspectives of the women who struggled at sheep ranching while coping with family, weather, and isolation. Despite her expert forays into their emotional upheavals, Caruso's voice just does not convey youth of the mid-30s or teen heroines. She expresses well Marantha's (1888) petulant, spiteful, and prudish emotions, which occasionally melt into bored complacency. In contrast, Elise (1930) embraces the adventure and the island's natural beauty, but her youthful vigor and appreciative attitude is lost in Caruso's interpretation. Boyle infuses this historical novel with fine period detail and imaginative insights into these strong characters. A.W. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2012]



Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2012

DD ISBN 9781101579664 $49.95


Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2012

CS ISBN 9781470324681 $123.75 • Fourteen cassettes

CD ISBN 9781470302054 $123.75 • Fourteen CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781470325770 $64.75 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN 9781470302061 $109.00

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