Tell us about yourself!
This book wasn't what I expected.I had anticipated clinical details and sociologic statistics. This was a personal story of a very charming person. I loved the mix of family and world history. It covered events I had no knowlege of, and Calliope is the most syampathetic protagonist I have ever met. Plus the ending was perfect!
This book was wonderful. The story was very well told about an interesting subject. I was taken aback a bit because it wasn't just about Callie. There were large sections devoted to telling about her grandparents and parents in order to get to the present story.
If you don't like a musical background, don't worry, it doesn't last long. If you listen at work or around children, beware that there are a few racy parts and cursing. (I got caught off guard a few times with people in and out of my office)
Not only the book enlightening and entertaining, the whole experience is enhanced by the narration is some of the best I have heard with any book through Audible. The entire experience was a joy.
Sensitive subject matter done with amazing wit and humor and artfully told. I looked forward to listening to it every day and was so sad when the tale ended. Absolutely gold.
Fascinating story, well researched and tastefully written. I felt like I knew each of the characters personally. Also the narrator was superb! He 'acted' out all of the parts with ease.
I was not sure this book was really what I wanted to listen to over several hours. However, the narrator was SO wonderful, so compelling that I wanted to listen to every word. Some of it is uncomfortable but all of it is so important to understand in the overall design of our world and all of the people who populate it.I will probably listen again because the narrator weaves the stories and voices so well it is fascinating to get so quickly caught up in a story. Bravo!!!
The scope of this novel is huge. It's not at all what I expected. I think I expected more of a freak show. Instead I got a intellectual yet sensitive chronicle that spanned two continents and 80 years of American cultural history.
I have nothing in common with the main character who tells this story, yet I related to the novel on a personal level and was deeply interested in his epic journey. There's something epic here --something that reminded me of Homer.
The characters are well drawn by the author, and I like the way the reader brought the voices and accents to life. I even listened to sections I'd already read in the book, just to hear his vocal characterizations.
Loyal Traveling Listener
I saw this author on Oprah. Took a chance and thought this book was great. It was a little hard to follow at first but well worth it.