Originally published in 1907, The Shepherd of the Hills is Harold Bell Wright's most famous work. In The Shepherd of the Hills, Wright spins a tale of universal truths across the years to the modern-day reader. His Eden in the Ozarks has a bountiful share of life's enchantments, but is not without its serpents. While Wright rejoices in the triumphs, grace, and dignity of his characters, he has not naively created a pastoral fantasyland where the pure at heart are spared life's struggles and pains. Refusing to yield to the oft-indulged temptation of painting for the reader the simple life of country innocents, Wright forthrightly shows the passions and the life-and-death struggles that go on even in the fairest of environments that man invades. The shepherd, an elderly, mysterious, learned man, escapes the buzzing restlessness of the city to live in the backwoods neighborhood of Mutton Hollow in the Ozark hills. There he encounters Jim Lane, Grant Matthews, Sammy, Young Matt, and other residents of the village, and gradually learns to find a peace about the losses he has borne and has yet to bear. Through the shepherd and those around him, Wright assembles here a gentle and utterly masterful commentary on strength and weakness, failure and success, tranquility and turmoil, and punishment and absolution. This tale of life in the Ozarks continues to draw thousands of devotees to outdoor performances in Branson, Missouri, where visitors can also see the cabin where the real Old Matt and Aunt Mollie lived.
Being from the Ozarks, I knew the story and the area the story takes place in...but it's been a long time. The performance of the reader was so good I was experiencing the book as new again! Great book. Thanks!
Far better than the movie. Wish they would make a movie that follows the book.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Shepherd of The Hills to be better than the print version?
Wonderful book. Great story
Clear narration.Really enjoyed
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Wanted to, but was too long for one setting. Just kept wanting to get back to it
An inspiring, enduring story...Robin Field is a wonderfully gifted reader who makes the story come alive!
The story teaches me more every time I hear it! I love learning about what makes a true man and a true lady. The example of parental sorrow and atonement is powerful.
Very well read. A to read again and again . One of Wrights many great works
It was a great story that drew me in!! Wonderful characters! Beautiful ! I didn't want it to end!