Sugar Birds: A Novel

Sugar Birds: A Novel

Written by:
Cheryl Grey Bostrom
Narrated by:
Jayne Entwistle
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Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
33
Narrator
14
Release Date
August 2021
Duration
10 hours 1 minute
Summary
WINNER: 2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS

WINNER: CHRISTIANITY TODAY’S 2022 FICTION AWARD OF MERIT

WINNER: 2022 ACFW CAROL AWARD

GOLD WINNER: 2022 IPPY AWARD

FINALIST: 2022 CHRISTY AWARD

WINNER: 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

SILVER WINNER: 2022 NAUTILUS AWARD

WINNER: 2021 BEST BOOK AWARD

SILVER WINNER: 2021 FOREWORD INDIES AWARD

SILVER WINNER: 2021 READER'S FAVORITE AWARD

NW WASHINGTON STATE, 1985

For years, Harris Hayes has taught his daughter, Aggie, the ways of the northern woods, where she sketches nests of wild birds as an antidote to sadness. Then her unpredictable mother forbids her to climb the trees that give her sanctuary and comfort. Angry, ten-year-old Aggie accidentally lights a tragic fire and flees downriver. She lands her boat near untamed forest, then hides among trees and creatures she considers her only friends—determined to remain undiscovered.

A search party gathers hours after Celia arrives at her grandmother's nearby farm. Hurting from her parents' breakup, she also plans to run. But when she joins the hunt for Aggie, she meets two irresistible young men who compel her to stay. One is autistic; the other, dangerous.

Ideal for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing and The Great Alone, Sugar Birds is a layered, riveting story set in the breathtaking natural world—where characters encounter the mending power of forgiveness, for themselves and for those who have failed them.

Winner of multiple Earphones, Odyssey, and Odyssey Honor Awards, Jayne Entwistle's narration has landed on Audiofile Magazine's list of Best Audiobooks of the Year.

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' A true page-turner . . . An engrossing tale.' —KIRKUS REVIEWS
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Joanne M.

I enjoyed this story, once I got used to the narrator who was hard work to listen to (read with little emotion) I was hooked. It was sad but ended on a happy note.

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Toni F.

Rarely do I post a review. However, this read/listen was dreadful. I suffered through over a third of the book, thinking it would soon develop into something worthwhile. I simply couldn't take any more. If you would like to listen to a cross between an upper level college text on bird biology and a far-fetched story about a self-sufficient 9 year old child, this is your book!

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Anonymous

Was hard to follow. The narrator was did not keep me interested and the story seemed so unreal but I finished. Thankful for happy endings with lessons learned.

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Jacklyn V.

One of the best books I have heard in a long time !! Both author and narrator transported me visually and emotionally into almost every scene ! Truly enjoyable !!

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Kristen N.

This book is hard to listen to. The narrator has a very creepy child’s voice. And the plot. A 9 year old child is missing in the woods and everyone is just going on with their lives? And the Daddy Conolexes. Uuugh. Gross.

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Anonymous

Was a bit of a slow start but I quickly became very invested in the story and it just got better and better up to the end.

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CatherineBrennon

What a delightful, wonderful book. Highly recommend this. Excellent story line, interesting but believable characters, loads of fascinating information on nature squashed in between. Totally believable and a lovely interlude to listen while a different world rages around us all. Don't miss this book!

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