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A Place on Earth

A Novel
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. A Place on Earth resonates with variations played on themes of change; looping transitions from war into peace, winter into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, lost into found.
©2001 Wendell Berry (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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  • Molly-o
  • 21-10-2011

Oh my, what a great book

Not since I first read Wallace Stegner have I so enjoyed a book. I have never read Wendell Berry and someone told me this one was good. It's a gem. It's beautifully written with the kind of warmth for the characters that is easily communicated to the reader. The stories are about simple, caring, deeply humane people. And the reader! He also has a warmth in his voice, combined with his exquisite southern accents that is sustained throughout the book. If ever there was a book to listen to, this one is it. I didn't want it to end.

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  • C. Theimer
  • 20-11-2011

Beautifully done, but sad

Thsi book was well written, for sure. I loved the characterization and there were places where I laughed out loud. The description of a simple farming town make it well worth reading. But there's no getting around the fact that it is grim, a tale of loss upon loss and how good people cope with those losses. For that reason, I could barely get through it.

The narrator is excellent.

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  • Lance
  • 15-03-2016

a Lenten tale

After hearing of Wendell Berry, I chose this title. He portrays well the inevitable suffering and the indominible resilience of life. Appreciable perhaps mostly in the second half of life.

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  • Martinez Philippe
  • 11-03-2016

A wonderful, truthful, grounded world

Wendell Berry has an incredible knack for creating deep characters with many layers and much kindness, and places that feel true. Paul Michael provides a great many voices to tell those interwoven stories of a time and place connected to the earth, it's movements and seasons. It provided me peace and and an authentic connection to our world.

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  • Maverick York
  • 09-11-2016

Human nature

Wendell's descriptions of people capture human nature beautifully. Thankful for every book he has written.

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  • R. W. Price
  • 08-04-2017

Great book and great reading.

This is the second Berry book narrated by Paul Michael and cannot now imagine another reader as perfectly suited to the author. And the book is powerful. Hard to leave Port William now.

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  • Billy
  • 17-04-2018

A wonderful meandering story

I loved this story as the author slowly makes his way through the different lives of the characters and, much like life, lets us know only a glimpse of what there is to be known about them. the narrator did a wonderful job throughout. There are also loads of wisdom to be had in the authors insight.

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  • Mary Sundberg
  • 14-04-2018

Excellent book. I love this author!

He has an excellent way of worshiping the simple way of people and the Earth.

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  • Dan Dixon
  • 23-04-2015

Another Port William "must read"

A great set of short stories in Port William. There are threads that run through the stories. Wonderful Berry at his best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-2019

Peaceful, steady read!

The voice performance matched the tone of the story, painting a beautiful picture of a little town struggling to cope with tragedy and new beginnings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-2020

Slow, intruiging, solmn

Initially I struggled with keeping track om the characteristics of the characters (always harder with audio books I believe), which meant I lost some of the nuances of the initial stories. Eventually I felt like I got to know them and loved how it all came together into a community of people with a full range of behaviors and feelings. The only thing that annoyed me a bit was that I felt like the I didn't get to know the women better. It would have been a even more rewarding portrait of this place on earth. The actor used pretty much the same "soft" voice for all the women. I think it would have helped to give them more character and breadth. Still, lovely book. Enjoyed it.