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Publisher's Summary

"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." With her grandmother's taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.

Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister's name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain Wallace, who had mysteriously returned after 50 years.

The war unexpectedly gave this independent girl a chance to fulfill her childish dream to work as a watermen alongside her father. But the dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.

Renowned author Katherine Paterson here chooses a little-known area off the Maryland shore as her setting for a fresh telling of the ancient story of an elder twin's lost birthright.

©1980 Katherine Paterson (P)1992 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

  • Newbery Medal, 1981

"A novel of special brilliance." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Simply irresistible." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Beware . This book is shortened. AKA abridged.

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Lost. Then at the end I discovered why... Abridged!!! I'm so sad.

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It is abridged.

I wondered why the time stamp was only about 3 hours long. Then I started reading along to it, and after it skipped ahead 2 pages I realized what was up. I am super disappointed because the narrator is really good. 😢

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A little slow, but good.

Good narration. Thoughtful storyline but was a little slow paced. This being the abridged version you could tell it was missing certain parts of the story or even felt a bit rushed at times, but I think overall it was well done. I liked most getting into the head of a teenager again and seeing how they think. Can be so interesting.

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One of my favorite young adult books ever!

I love this story of feeling overlooked and forgotten by God, then realizing he has a plan for you all along.

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Doesn’t match hard copy book

I purchased this audio book so that I could read my hard copy while I listened. However, I was quite disappointed when the Audible did not match the book. It was quite strange. It seems to be the same story, written by the same author, with the same title and all, but I could not follow along with my hard copy book because it would skip entire sections of the book. Just as I thought I’d found my place, I’d get lost again. 😠

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Stunningly Beautiful Prose

I read this book years ago, always planning to return to it. Audible was the perfect resource. Paterson's stunning prose so wonderfully brought to life through narration.

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Poor abridement and strange reading intonation. Beautiful story but the reader had a weird cadence and inflection.

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Not great

The story was intriguing. However Moira Kelly for the narrator was a horrible choice. The way she reads became really aggravating

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An abridged version but still good

I was disappointed to realize, after listening, that this is an abridged version of the novel. Still, l enjoyed it. Coming of age stories are among my favorites. This one is a wonderfully emotional tale of an island girl finding her way in the world. Recommended.

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Incredible Book, Stunning Performance

Katherine Patterson is one of the greatest writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading she tackles big issues with an unflinching, yet compassionate heart, and writes with such poetry and mastery that she sucks the reader in.

And Moira Kelly nailed the reading performance.

would recommend to anyone and everyone.