Cold Sassy Tree

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Olive Ann Burns

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2012

Duration: 13 hours 9 minutes


One thing you could depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, was that word got around—fast. If the preacher’s wife’s petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson—a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy’s adventures began, and an unimpeachably pious town came to life.

As the newlyweds’ chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his renegade grandfather’s second adolescence. Meanwhile, Will does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it, and he kisses his first girl and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, Southern romance.

“One of the best portraits of small-town Southern life ever written.”—Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author


  • Joan L.

    I am part of a book club and am always on the look out for a good book. "Cold Sassy Tree" is a compelling story that keeps you wanting more. The narration is perfect, and I ended up listening to it in 1 day. This is the kind of book that you will want to come back to time and time again. Enjoy

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