December 8th, 2023

Epic Novels

The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese is my December book club read. I suspect that I am one of only a few to have finished it. I listened to all 31+ hours (two r/t flights to France helped) on Audible. Narrated by the author is an extra bonus.  Usually, I read short stories between epic novels but, for some reason, I’ve slid right into another sweeping multigenerational saga, North Woods by Daniel Mason. It, too, is very good.

  • Both look amazing. Thank you for the recs!

    Lisa EastmanDecember 8th, 2023  12:19 PM

  • Loved The Covenant of Water. Oprah did a great series of podcasts with Verghese

    Laura Zinn FrommDecember 8th, 2023  12:32 PM

  • I loved The Covenat of Water narrated by the author. It ‘s a brilliant and entertaining book!

    MarciaDecember 8th, 2023  12:38 PM

  • I heard someone else recently talking about the Mason book and put it on my TBR list. Will have to add the other as well. I have a most unfortunate affliction when it comes to Audible: they put me to sleep! I swear I could be walking the dog and I’d slide onto the nearest bench. Sigh.

    SueMDecember 8th, 2023  1:04 PM

  • I’ve never done an audio book, and A Covenant of Water will be my first, thanks! I need to listen to a book for long walks. I loved Cutting for Stone by Verghese, and hope this one is close to as good as it was.

    KathyDecember 8th, 2023  2:46 PM

  • The Covenant of Water was a favorite of my entire book group. I also listened to it and found Verghese’s narration to be superlative.

    JanetDecember 8th, 2023  7:27 PM

  • Curious, do many here primarily listen to audio books as opposed to reading the book itself? I have a heck of a time finding time to read and wonder if books on tape is the answer.

    AprilDecember 10th, 2023  1:12 PM

  • Los Angeles driving is the opposite of pleasurable and I seem to drive a lot. Listening to a good book or podcast is truly diverting.

    JanetDecember 10th, 2023  1:54 PM

  • Heaven and Earth Grocery store by McBride also wonderful!

    Sally PembertonDecember 12th, 2023  10:52 AM

  • On my list!

    PrestonDecember 12th, 2023  11:44 AM

  • Do try Barbara Kingsolver’s Pulitzer- winning Demon Copperhead. Fabulous on so many levels.

    Bette ADecember 12th, 2023  5:23 PM

  • I posted on and loved Demon Copperhead!

    PrestonDecember 12th, 2023  10:57 PM


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