What a stellar tale, well told, worth every minute of my time! Having read literally hundreds of audio books, I am not stretching a bit to say this may be the most amazing production of voice I have ever listened to. I don't know which captured me first, the glimpse into southern life half a century ago, or the voices of those telling this story. The women reading are fantastic. They make you feel like they are telling you personally about their lives, and while the basic underlying theme gives clear insight into the racist society of Mississippi in the 60's, the book never preaches, never lays a guilt trip, but instead gives you a first-person experience of a time and place so far away from today that it is hard to believe it was within the last century. I just loved this book. It ranks among my all time favorites and it is a stunning first book by an author I will be following.
This is a wonderful novel. Some of the points are a little heavy-handed, like the bigoted head of the ladies' league raising money for "the poor starving children in Africa."
But the chilling description of how a white lady kills you by inches if you cross her ... that really sent chills up my spine.
This book will stay with you for a long long time, and I intend to listen to it again. I was so happy to see it as a reader and critic favorite for 2009. It deserves it! Don't hesitate on this one. Beautifully written and narrated.
A great book and a terrific audio recording. Great character development. Unexpected ending. Wonderful voices to listen to. One of the best books I've downloaded in years.
Worth more than 1 credit!! This book is a going to be a classic, just like the Color Purple. I listened, mesmerized, loving every moment.
Great book about the civil rights movement, bravery, forgiveness, and just enough revenge to add some fabulous spice. Wonderful characters and dialog. The women who narrated brought this tale to life. I'm still enthralled.
An amazing book. I normally restrict my listening to driving. I threw out the rule book for this one.
I grew up in the south, though not in the privileged class of the "white ladies" of this book, and the writer did an excellent job of showing their prejudice. Good book. I especially enjoyed the readers---very good pronunciation, without being disrespectful.