A great, if not excessively long, multi-generational story of Finnish and Swedish immigrants to the PNW. Not surprisingly, a beautiful story of logging and heartbreak ... and Wobblies. Glad I finished it but it was, at times, a long row to hoe. Despite its length, may have been easier to keep track of everyone on the printed page, rather than on CarPlay!
It took me awhile to really get into this book. But about half way through I really started to enjoy it. I'm glad I stuck with it.
Well written and great narration. This book takes you to a place in American history where hard work and sacrifice were commonplace and necessary for survival. Great story and research make this worth a listen
Great story line, character development and descriptive language. Enjoyed this long story, didn’t want it to end!
Thoroughly enjoyed all the ups and downs. Very immersive read. Enjoyed the history lesson too. Clearly well researched and brought to life very realistically. Narration was top notch as well.
Watch out for the currents of this Deep River - its slow start can lull you to carelessness, and before you know it, its strong currents have you at their mercy. A sweeping saga of late 19th century immigrant family from Finland, arguably the most insular corner of Europe, is likely to make you long for being a part of that family and those times. Especially if you know -- or want to know -- the Pacific Northwest, and are -- or want to be -- close to your immigrant, not-necessarily-Scandinavian roots.
My hat off to the Narrator and his perfect pitch for conveying emotions and... Scandinavian accents, not to mention impressively close to native pronunciation of Finnish, Swedish, Greek, and even Croatian last names. You have restored my faith in North Americans, Sir! (Unless you too, like me, are a Euro.)
This is a long but beautifully written and read novel. As a person from Finnish decent, I found it particularly fascinating.
Wonderful story of early 20th century Scandinavian, particularly Finish immigrants who we’re loggers,fishermen and labor organizers to the Columbia River area in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. Reminds me of the classic Wallace Stegner novels about the West. I can’t give higher praise then that.
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