Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
Centered around the protagonist Mary Frances Nolan who is 11 years old at the onset of the novel, ATGIB tell the story of a poor family, struggling in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Mother Katie is a proud, hard-working, practical, woman who tries to make ends meet by working as a cleaning woman, while her husband Johnny escapes reality through alcohol. It depicts the hard road traveled by their two children Francie and Neeley, her younger brother, as they go to school and work while learning about life and how to survive its cruelty. It also depicts the strong love of family. How in difficult circumstances they stick together and even though their situation whittles away at their endurance, they still manage to stick together as their love, devotion and loyalty to one another triumph. Katie’s sisters Evy and Sissy are strong women who also struggle through life’s challenges, but never back away as they persevere and face adversity head on. ATGIB is story telling on a whole new level. Moving and inspirational, it reaches in to your heart and pulls you into its time, place and circumstance. A true classic.
Kate Burton did a fine job with the narration.
My husband and I listened to this book on our long drive down to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where there is an exhibit called "Daniel's Story" to go with this book. I was a little disappointed by the exhibit, but not by the book. Daniel's Story is an excellent account of what it was like living through the horrors of the holocaust through the eyes of a young boy. He witnesses unspeakable tortures and fears for his own life and that of his entire family including his young sister. He is forced to stand by and watch those he loves suffer and he can do nothing to help. Seeing and feeling this kind of inhuman unspeakable behavior from one human being to another, through the eyes of an innocent child, really hammers home the evil people are capable of. I am very experienced with the holocaust, having grown up as a child of two survivors and having read countless books on the subject. I am now in the midst of writing my own novel. Daniel's Story in an excellent way to introduce this shameful time in our history to young people everywhere. It's appropriate for adults and young adults alike. The reader did a decent job as well. For a short book it really packs a punch. Even though it's only 3.5 hours long, it's worth every bit of the credit it cost me. I have listened to books that were over 24 hours long that did not affect me like this short novel did.
I've never heard of John Green nor did I know this was a Young Adult book or I may have passed on it completely. I chose it because of all the 5 star ratings. There's no way to sugarcoat this. This book is about teenagers with cancer. Hazel Grace Lancaster, the narrator, is 16 and carries an oxygen tank with her everywhere. Augustus Waters lost his leg to cancer. These two teens meet in a support group and eventually fall in love.
Although the disease is always front and center, Green does an excellent job of creating an adventure that is not related to their illness. He has worked a beautiful story around it in order to follow something more important; a dream to meet Peter Van Houten, an author who lives in the Netherlands. Hazel needs to find out what ultimately happens to a character in one of his books and Augustus is going to do everything in his power to help her make that dream come true. These two teenagers are so inspiring they treat cancer like more of an inconvenience than a life sentence, a real life lesson on many different levels.
I connected to these teens and to their parents. I can honestly say I "enjoyed" this book, it was funny, haunting and tragic all at the same time. Don't pass on it because of the big "C", you'll be missing quite a gem.
Kate Rudd brought Hazel to life. She did an excellent job with the narration.