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Summary

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...
©2006 Mary Lawson (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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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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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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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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Loved it

This is a great book, the characters are so well drawn I really believed in them. Lovely details and very well read.

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Why didn’t it win

This book is very good. I look forward to reading Mary Lawson’s first book and any subsequent works!

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Thought provoking, excellent read

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, characterisations, surprises, the whole experience. There are so many books with undeserved 5* reviews, this one earns it. I smiled, laughed, covered my face in shock, shed a tear or two and was immersed in the whole journey. No skip reading here. An all round intelligent and quality read. I’m pleased to have discovered this author, now I have my next read downloaded.

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Highly recommended

I love the writing of Mary Lawson and I have recommended this book to so many friends.

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utterly immersive

I absolutely loved this book. I can't remember the last time I was so absorbed and immersed in a story and its characters. I feel like I have lived in Struane and experienced the seasons working on the farm and eaten pie at that kitchen table. highly recommended. Great performance also.

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Easy listening

This was a shot in the dark pick which I thoroughly enjoyed especially the reading by Paul Hecht which was very easy to listen to. A novel which did not place any demands on the listener but was compelling listening with a story that is both recognisable and realistic with many dilemmas that will be recognisable to small villages growing up through the second world was and the 60s, although this does not dwell on the war just its results in a small community.

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magnificent audible experience

couldn't stop listening to this book,day and night, no release until finished. Comes highly recommended, needless to say!