Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael Crummey

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: January 2015

Duration: 9 hours 15 minutes


The epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction.

The scarcely populated town on Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package-the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose inspectors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town's rugged history and it eccentric cast of characters. Evoking The Shipping News, Michael Crummey-one of Canada's finest novelists-conjures up the mythical, sublime world of Sweetland's past amid a stormbattered landscape haunted by local lore. As in his critically acclaimed novel Galore, Crummey masterfully weaves together past and present, creating in Sweetland a spectacular portrait of one man's battle to survive as his environment vanishes around him.


  • Anita Griffore

    I love Michael Crummey's work. I learn so much about a part of the world that is quite unique. His insights into characters gives me a deeper understanding of human nature. But this narrator was too heavily accented - it was distracting and over dramatic. It was also not a Newfoundland accent which made his attempts at Crummey's dialogue the biggest distraction. Sweetland is a great novel.

  • Helene Van Doninck

    I read this as an audiobook. Great story but the narrator was VERY distracting. Having lived in Newfoundland and knowing the accent well, I so wish they chose someone from there or who could at least do the accent. Anytime the narrator tried to do dialogue he sounded like the offspring of Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery. Also mispronounced NEWFOUNDLAND, capelin, Burin and Javex on many occasions. When he was just reading it was fine but the dialogue parts drove me insane. I really wish I read it instead of listening to it. In any case, great story so I'd still give it an 8.5/10.


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