Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I wasn't expecting to like this book quite so much . . . and I'm puzzled at the reviews who protest so that they can't stand Olive . . . I have finally decided they must all be under the age of 50 and have not come face to face with the mistakes they have made themselves, when the girl inside comes barreling right into the grown woman and there's hell to pay. When we are young, we are always sure we are right, and being right takes a high toll . . . on ourselves, our kids, and most of all those we love . . . having to be right, well, that's just another ploy to cover up the fact that we're afraid . . . afraid we may NOT be right, afraid to let too much of ourselves go to those we love, afraid to be too needy . . . This is a very good audio book, but if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
The story telling mechanism of this book took me a while to grow accustomed to and appreciate. Rather than being a traditional novel, this is a collection of short stories about the life of Olive Kitteridge. For me, it began as disjointed and frustrating, and by the end I really appreciated the unique story telling and the windows it opened into Olive's life.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
The only thing which I would have liked to have in this book was a date reference. I guess in the long run each tale didn't rely on a time frame, but still, I would have liked a placement of each. Also there were other tales referenced about the town's people which I would have liked to know about. This was the first book which I've read from Elizabeth Strout, so I'm not sure as to how she works her books, there might be another book which tells of other stories in the town.
The realism of the characters. They were neither bad nor good, neither sad or happy, they were like normal everyday people, each with their own flaws and perfections. Each story left you asking questions and wanting a bit more of the tales.
Sandra has a great reading voice and pace which makes the story stand out and become more visual. Each character was unique as played out in the book.
Well I would like to know more of Olive and the others in the book. As it is I feel a little unfinished with their stories.
This is a good piece of fiction and could easily be used in teaching writing in schools.
An excellent listen. First rate writing and narration. A story that grows on you and stays with you.
Probably my favorite.
She has a down-to-earth presence and her delivery is dead pan and dead on.
Characters you'd like to meet
When I read to myself i never change my voice. so why should the narrators? This part of the reading is lame and I would prefer the single narrator using inflections. I recently finished gurnsey literary society with the letter correspondence between the characters so the voice changing in that recording worked a little better.
...and that moment between first and second chapters was a bit disappointing, as I realized that I was actually reading a series of short stories, all of them related in some way to Olive Kitteridge. But I kept listening. And soon, I was anxiously awaiting the next chapter, so that I could get another glimpse of this very complicated and interesting woman. This device may not work in many cases, but Elizabeth Strout has used it brilliantly to help us understand Olive and appreciate who she is. I was so very sorry when it was over. The narrator was also completely captivated by the character, that was apparent, even if her regional dialects were a little confusing at times. I highly recommend this book and I'm sure it's one of the few audiobooks I will listen to again. And maybe again.
I wish Sandra Burr had chosen to just read the book in her wonderful voice without acting it. Her voices for most characters reminded me of Danny's imaginary friend Tony in The Shining-- gravelly and dead, totally inappropriate. Eventually I had to give up listening. Too bad, it seemed like a good book. Annoyance factor high.
Well done linked stories with central character in most being Olive Kitteridge, retired teacher approx. 70 years old. The stories show her with her easygoing pharmacist husband, son, difficult or eccentric daughters-in-law, friends and a past student or two. Most of the residents have spent their entire lives in the one town. Olive is multi-dimensional and many of the stories are resonant because of the characterizations as well as plot-the writing demonstrates good craftmanship!