The Orchard by Theresa Weir – Audiobook Review

The Orchard by Theresa Weir, narrated by Ellen Archer
Published in audio by Hachette Audio, published in print by TK


Theresa Weir had a tough life as a child, and things didn’t really become any easier when she married Adrian Curtis and joined him on his family’s apple farm. Derided as an outsider – particularly by Adrian’s mother – Theresa must struggle to find her place in this world, even as she has significant reservations about the use of pesticides.

Thoughts on the story:

The Orchard had a bit of a slow start, mostly because of the slightly odd timeline. The book is nearly half over before Adrian and Theresa wed, even though they know each other for only a few months before marrying (this portion includes a lot of flashbacks to Theresa’s childhood, which are edifying, but perhaps not enough to justify drawing this part out so much). The second half of the book comprises the entire rest of Theresa and Adrian’s life together, which gives some events a rushed feel. Suddenly, the couple has two children, next thing you know, Theresa is writing a book, and then is a published author. Still, despite what is an initially puzzling timeline, Weir has created a story with power and heart. Both a very personal memoir, and an exploration of the place of pesticides in farming.


Thoughts on the audio production:

Ellen Archer did a wonderful job conveying Weir’s life. For my full audio review, please see my Audiofile Magazine review.


A moving book, very well narrated. Recommended.

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7 comments to The Orchard by Theresa Weir – Audiobook Review

  • I love memoirs and look forward to this one even with the odd timeline.

  • I saw her speak at the ALA conference last June and got a signed copy of this memoir! I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I really enjoyed hearing her talk about her experiences. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • I have been on a bit of a memoir binge of late so I am laying off them for awhile. Good to know this works well in audio.

  • I think because I listen to audiobooks in the car, I find I don’t mind slow pacing, though I do sometimes have a hard time following odd timelines because it’s not as easy to flip back and double-check the timing of something earlier in the book. Still, this one sounds interesting, and I hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks for sharing!

  • The cover is lovely and the plot sounds interesting to me too. I hadn’t realized that this was a memoir – so that is a draw for me.

  • The bit about pesticides seemed kind of thrown in there until I saw the comments that it’s a memoir. Sounds like it would either be very good or very annoying, with the odd timeline. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • I have been curious about this book. I will probably check it out at some point.