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Gap Creek

Narrated by: Jill Hill
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There is a most unusual woman living in Gap Greek. Julie Harmon works hard, "hard as a man," they say, so hard that times she's not sure she can stop. She is the one who has to be strong when first her brother and then her father die. People depend on her. They need her to slaughter the hogs and cut the wood. People are weak, and there is so much to do.

Though she is just a teenager, she marries Hank and moves with him down from the high country to Gap Creek. There they discover that life grinds ever on without pause or concern for hard work. Scratching out an existence for themselves, always at risk of losing it all, Julie and Hank don't know what to fear the most - floods, or the flesh-and-blood grifters who insinuate themselves into their new lives. Their struggles with nature, with work, and with the disappointments and triumphs of marriage make this a powerful story.

©1999 Robert Morgan (P)16 9; 2000 HighBridge Company

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Nominee for Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Fiction, Abridged
An Oprah Book Club selection

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  • David
  • 22-01-03

Life today is so easy...

I didn't just hear this book, I felt the exsperiences of these people. Life then, compared to life today makes me thankful and very respectful of our forfathers even more.
Get this book and have a few hours of sheer wonder, pleasure and pain.

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  • Priscilla A
  • 15-04-04

Exceptional

Julie Harmon is a strong protagonist. Her story is not one you read or listen to, you live it with her. You experience her pain, grief, determination and dispare.
It's been a long time since a story moved me as this one did. I would love to see it adapted into a screenplay.

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  • Eileen
  • 23-09-03

Painfully beautiful...

When I first I read it, I couldn't take it. I kept putting the book down... Julie, the protagonist, suffers a lot. I felt her pain, her frustrations, her fears, her struggle as a mother, wife, daughter... Sometimes it was too painful to swallow! But remarkaby, here lies the beauty of the book. It was never pretentious of the pain and the suffering. It never tried to hide the struggle either. The author described the life of Julie as it should be and not what we wanted it to be! What I found brilliant also was that it was narrrated through Julie's point of view and therefore, the impact of the story was far greater than anyone could imagine! There is raw yet simple beauty to this book... I highly recommend it!:)

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  • Jessica
  • 27-04-11

Wonderful...truly

I absolutely love this book. It is so engaging and when I was reading it I felt pulled in. Most of it was very sad but also very empowering how she kept pushing forward. I strongly wish they would make a film for this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-19

unfinished

I have the book to go along with this audiobook and I was very happy to find it on audible. until it started skipping lines and details in the book. and then I was really confused because it skipped a whole chapter and a half of the hard copy book. I'm very disappointed.

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  • Quincy
  • 21-07-19

Good but doesn't hold a candle to the actual book

I liked this book but it's nothing compared to the paper copy. There were so many things left out...The narration was great but gosh I wish they didn't shorten it so much. I'm going to read the actual book of Road From Gap Creek just because I don't want to miss out on any details I did with the audio version

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-19

very good

hope to find another similar. very vivid in description and accent seemed to make it more authentic.

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  • Shannon Aubill
  • 09-11-18

One of my favorites<br />

I've loved this book for years. It is one that speaks to my soul and nourishes it. It is even more sweet now as it is a book I shared with my mama who has passed on now.

I truly enjoyed the voice actress. She is delightful.

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  • angel
  • 31-10-18

Disappointed

To much he said she said, I listened to the book, and I could hardly finish it, the narrator had an annoying voice and if she said “hank said” it “she said” once she said it a million times! I thought it just might be how it was narrated but the actual book is like that to! I hope the second book isn’t like that

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  • Cecilia Barther
  • 23-04-18

Read it cause Oprah recommended

Would you try another book from Robert Morgan and/or Jill Hill?

Perhaps

What other book might you compare Gap Creek to and why?

Pretty much any other book the speaks of the hardships of life.

Which character – as performed by Jill Hill – was your favorite?

Julie, the main character. She was simple, content and satisfied with her expected hard life.

Did Gap Creek inspire you to do anything?

Appreciate how much better life is in this time.