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The Orchardist

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Amanda Coplin

Narrated By: Mark Bramhall

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: August 2012

Duration: 14 hours 32 minutes


At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.


  • Peter M

    Very long book, interesting story, but the excellent narration and Amada’s turning of a phrase kept me listening.

  • Cheryl M

    There is absolutely nothing in this book to make you feel good. It is verbose and repetitive. Although it is well read, by the end you are on the borderline of clinically depressed.

  • Donna Shaid

    It's very good but too wordy. Reading was very week done

  • Anonymous

    Not a feel good book, but a very interesting story. All the characters go through hard times and come through them in their own way given the events of their lives.