by Tom Stewart
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Pub Date 07 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2022
The author himself gives an authentic, raw and impassioned - albeit imperfect - reading of Immortal North. A unique and enchanting listener experience!
He's known as the "trapper", and his family has a long history in these isolated woods. Now it's just him and the boy, and he'll raise him in the world he knows, the forest, where threats take recognizable forms: harsh weather, peak predators, the encroachment of civilization at odds with their lifestyle. But, for those lands and minds with an unsettled past, other dangers may lurk the woods where father and son hunt the timber. One fateful day, their woodland life is violently broken; shouldn't those guilty of such injustice be held to account? Though at times gritty even violent, there is raw grace in these pages like veins of gold running through black quartz.
A tale told in captivating prose of wild living, where human skin is no boundary for either the beauty or cruelty of nature. An audiobook studded with reflective wonder, wholly a story of the profound bonds of human love. The big woods of the Far North in all its naked majesty become an arena for the dueling forces of life: joy and suffering, good and evil, compassion and vengeance. Though the forest is isolated, this may be a story of the wilderness existing within us all. A story that won't easily be forgotten as there is something enduring here. Immortal North.
"Less than 10% of my ratings are Five Stars, I liked this one a lot. Another reviewer said that this book will gut you, tear you apart. I can agree, writer Tom Stewart provided a foundation upon which he erected a monument to a natural life. It is as quiet as snow falling in a forest. Until it is not and then it is a cacophony of violence and sorrow. This beautifully written book features discussions and explorations on philosophy, theology and psychology, all in the context of the cabin in the woods and a life chosen to be free of all but nature’s rules. ★★★★★ My Goodreads friends know how grudging I am with high marks, this one deserves it. I’d like to read more from this author." -Lyn Graves. 4400 Goodreads friends, 1900 novels reviewed.
Readers' Favorite "Very highly recommended." ★★★★★ -Reviewed by Jamie Michele
“This is not merely a story; it is a journey into the meaning of life and the limits of the human spirit. Immortal North is an amazing and powerful novel that will have you hooked from the first page. An absolute must-read. ★★★★★ ” —Laura Patterson, Goodreads
“I’ll be thinking about Immortal North for a long time. Some of the passages are just so exquisitely written. A lot of emotion and setting the scene—it was just so vivid. Excellent read.” ★★★★★ ” —Kelli Buttars, BookSirens
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Wow. This was stunning. It was both lovely and heartbreaking and the writing was so evocative. This is the story of “the trapper“ and his son, “the boy“ who live a subsistence lifestyle in the remote wilderness. The author read the audiobook and while not confident and his ability to do so, did a wonderful job bringing emotion to the audio. The language in this book was so engaging - I can honestly say that I have never heard of dopamine and endorphins referred to as “mind elixirs”! Also, this passage, which I listened to numerous times: “… sat there with his empty coffee drinking the snake oil of nostalgia and looking at the cartoon pictures in his mind, with all the sharp edges buffed away, and all that’s left is just pretty lines and gentle curves. He sat with his faulty memory’s glossed version of the past. The dead lie perfectly still and they are easy to love.” Whew. Excellent. Thanks to @netgalley for the chance to check this book out.
My persistence certainly paid off. This is a truly rewarding and brilliantly developed story with its intense, heart wrenching depth of insight into the pains of loss, joy, love and life.
At first, I felt I’d hit a hell hole with this story and my lack of interest in the topic … plus … the narrator’s voice was so monotonous! However, after his first touching interjection with an apology for his reading style, it eased my jittery feet and it was hard not to warm to him … just a little. About a third of the way in … BAM! the story took a breathtaking twist and I was IN! …. The twists kept coming!
So glad I didn’t give up. I would have missed out on something very special.
This book was deep. Deep with emotions, deep with questions and deep with meaning and pain. Written very well. I hope this book reaches many readers. Part of this ripped my heart out and part of it held my close.
Being a parent is a hard thing. A beautiful thing, but a hard thing. And I thought the author did a great job with that. The novel was atmospheric and stunning in its descriptions. I felt that the author drove the plot with nature and the human condition. This novel is painful and suspenseful. Near the end I could stop. I had to finish it.
I highly recommend this powerfully move story. It’s something you don’t want to miss.
Did this author do a good job narrating this? *Smile* I thought so and I loved his noted comment after chapter 2. You were great!
Thanks Lucky Dollar Media via NetGalley.
'Immortal North' is a raw, beautiful, and devastating introspection on hard topics like love, loss, identity, and living with the consequences of your actions— both intentional and not.
The author and narrator claims an "imperfect" reading but I can honestly say that the deeply personal nature of this story was only enhanced by Stewart's emotionally invested narration. His natural and untrained voice provides an extremely human element to an extremely human story, perfectly accentuating the tone of every chapter.
It also immediately took a special place in my heart as a Canadian with a complicated love for my homeland.
Thank you so much to Netgalley, Tom Stewart, and Lucky Dollar Media for a chance to listen to this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
The Immortal North is going to be one of my top reads of 2022, I can already tell.
This book is written in such a poetic fashion, which normally takes me out of the story and is too jarring for me personally, but for some reason the way Tom Stewart writes just works so well. I'll also make a quite note on the audio experience as I listened to the audiobook. I've seen some reviews where the readers didn't enjoy the experience at all, but I found it absolutely wonderful. Hearing the author read his own poetic story really brought it home for me and I don't know if I would've had the same experience had I read the physical book instead.
The story is touching, horrifying, and beautiful all at once. I'm glad I went into it without knowing much more about the story so I'll make it brief and just say this book asks some questions and makes some points and I was more than teary eyed by the end. This is a five star read for me which is rare, so I'm very thankful to have stumbled upon it in the NetGalley catalog!
I'd recommend this for those who like unique writing styles, deep stories, and the great outdoors.