Vivid characters relate a compelling story told through their letters. It is funny, dramatic, sad, and leaves one questioning great issues. The use of language is part of the art; as is this reading.
The story is totally worth 5 stars. However, the monotone voice is so boring. You cannot tell if it was the mother, the little 5-year old girl or the teenage daughter who's telling the story. They all sound the same as the mother (I couldn't bear that those daughters sound like middle-aged women). Like other reviewers mentioned, I was easily distracted from the story because of the boring monotone. The narrator was totally not into the story.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This was a very compelling story of a family of missionaries that go to the Congo in the early 60's right before everything in the COngo errupts into violence and choas. The father, a hell and brimstone, my way or the high way type of man is unswerving in his dedication to save the souls of the Africans in his village. I really enjoyed the narrator and the story.
Great story-but poor narrator. If she (the reader would slow down by about 5 or 10% and try to use a slight different tone of voice for the different characters I think it would improve the listening experience 100%. I had to force myself to pay attention-the monotone put me into a trance so often I needed to go back and re-listen after I realized I had drifted away from the story.
I really enjoyed this book, the way it was written and the story. The story itself is a sad one, but captivating all the same. And the manner in which its told, each character taking turns sharing the events from their perspective, was interesting. I also enjoyed the narration. She did a great job, and her southern accent lent itself to the characters perfectly.
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absolutely excellent.. the struggle and growth of this family was nothing like you would imagine in real life. character development was very detailed. the dialouge was captavating the quote "the review mirror is 20/20" priceless. top ten in my opionon. never read it? then read it.. apprectiation for your fancy cars and homes will be lost..
At first I thought that the reading was part of a larger plot to draw me in to some crazy story, but no, the narrator just used the same voice for every character with no break in between just because she wanted to I guess. It was very hard to get into and then hard to enjoy. Even with her odd reading, I still would only have given this 3 stars because it felt like propaganda to me. --organized religion is all fanatical and we all should walk after the god of our own making. Whatever. That is a sad commentary on its own. --America is the big bad wasteful country and the pursuit of wealth is a sin in itself. There you have it. All summed up in one short paragraph.
This is a great example of historical fiction. Entertaining and educating the reader. I learned about a time and place that I had never even wondered about before.
This book makes me want to join a book club so I can further explore some of the themes. I came away from it wanting to pick a fight with the author over the "treatment" of the female characters. For a book that focused on the lives, thoughts, and dreams of five females, it seems to lack in "girl power." Perhaps this is intentional.