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Arthur and Jake are the sons of a farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. Arthur is solid and dutiful, set to inherit the farm and his father's character; Jake is younger, attractive, mercurial and dangerous to know. A young woman, Laura, comes into the community and tips the fragile balance of sibling rivalry over the edge... And then there is Ian, son of the local doctor, thoughtful, idealistic, and far too sure that he knows the difference between right and wrong. By now it is the 50s, and the world has changed - a little, but not enough...
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©2006 Mary Lawson (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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  • Anushka
  • 28-09-2009

Characters in Canada you have to care about ...

Moving beautifully between the 30's and the 50s, this story has a depth and breadth that one might not anticipate when reading the brief story description. We hear about the stoicism of parents, of angst and hopes of boys as they grow into men and the impact of World World II on this community. In an almost hypnotic way, Paul Hecht's voice and narration talents brings the individuals to life drawing you in like a fish on a line. The tale evolves and at the end, after heart-breaking tragedy, times of gentle humour and poignant tenderness, you are left satisfyingly content with the balance of it all.

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  • Laurence
  • 05-03-2021

Outstanding

I listen to no end of audiobooks but rarely leave reviews. I have to make an exception for this wonderful book. It may not look that captivating but it’s quiet story slowly builds into something that climbs inside you and was literally hard to end as I felt i didn’t want to let the characters go. Those messy strange relationships that exist in real life are played out so well. I found myself burning with anger at moved to tears the next. Hopefully Crow Lake will be added to Audible soon!

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  • T S.
  • 08-12-2020

Wonderful!

The story, performance and the whole “colour” of this book is well worth investing your time. Don’t hesitate to get it. I chose it on recommendation of Graham Norton on one of the book club programs. Now I am a big fan of this writer.

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  • Mrs. C. K. Cardew-smith
  • 04-05-2021

Wonderful book

I loved this book, the characters are so well described and written they are completely real, it’s a simple but great story driven by the characters. Thoroughly recommend, I’m looking forward to reading and listening to her other books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2021

Slow burner but worth it.

I started reading Mary Lawson as I read a review comparing her to Ann Tyler whose books I enjoy very much. The review was about A Town Called Solace (her most recent - also on Audible) which I loved, so went straight on to The Other Side of the Bridge. It builds, very slowly at first, into a fascinating analysis of sibling rivalry and the effects on a small isolated town of the Second World War. Very powerful. Would love to hear her other books on Audible like Crow Lake.

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  • Mrs Anna Stevens
  • 08-04-2021

This sensitive book holds you right to the end

You can feel completely immersed in it’s community greatly helped by the reader who’s voice opens each character with ease.

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  • Mang1919
  • 29-03-2021

Fabulous

Wonderful story, great characters, imperfect people with imperfect lives, loved it and will listen again. More Mary Lawson audiobooks please.

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  • cmcpne
  • 11-03-2021

Wonderful from start to finish.

Entertaining and thrilling with characters you want in your own life and some you would run a mile from.
The skipping between the two timescales was done effortlessly and whilst you think you just can’t wait to hear the continuation of one part of the story you are immediately engrossed in the other.
The narrator sounded like an old friend telling me a wonderful yarn that I never wanted to end.

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  • Kath
  • 08-01-2021

Great story, beautiful narration

I really recommend it. I loved the story, the back and forth in history, the different characters in this small town in N. Canada. The narrator does a wonderful job of keeping us gripped and learning about the characters as follow their history. This was recommended by Graham Norton - who was so positive about the author's writing in a book reading show on BBC.

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