I am a former teacher. I love reading and I am currently focusing on health and entrepreneurs .
The narrator was excellent! It was told in a unique format and was thought provoking.
Fantastic story. Awful narration. The characters are all made to sound like 90 yr old chain smokers. Listening just ruins this poignant, beautiful novel. '
Say something about yourself!
This is a deeply thought provoking story. If you are a lover of action and violence, this is not the story for you. It is a study. Of normal people and normal lives which tries to impart a lesson in that we need to appreciate the small pleasures in life while we have them. Olive has lived a life perhaps not exactly as she would have chosen, (she visualizes how it could have been lived out differently), but realizes toward the end that none of that matters . She shows how most of us grow to accept other people's oddities or differences as we gain wisdom through living. Perhaps that is the point of the story. There is a reason we all are different and we all cannot expect the same results , expectations, or illusions to play out in our lives....
I read Olive before, watched Olive, then listened with my student... this narrator makes her so much older than she real is. It is infuriating,
I lived this book, but I found the readers attempt at male voices very poor.
Every man sounded just alike.
Why oh why the anachronistic, regionally nonsensical, cartoonish British accents? This is so weird and completely distracting. I am utterly baffled and sad. This book takes place in Maine, to start, and it's in the modern era. The narrator's voice has an American accent. But random characters break into a haughty sounding aristocratic British accent that itself is poorly executed. Please please toss this narration in the bin forever, and future readers do not subject yourselves to this aural agony.
In my mind this book is useful in that it captures the passiveness that holds most people in a collective society. Each character in their own way felt moderately unique but a bit dull; much like a typical real person I might know in day to day life. Usually, I enjoy books that allow me to escape my own mundane existence, not those that simply shift into someone else's. I didn't love the characters and I suppose that's why I can't give the story a better rating.
No. She is a great writer, but I stepped into a book that didn't meet my needs as a reader.
Sandra Burr made the story easy to listen to. I rarely checked out during narration and was clear about where ideas and thoughts began and ended.
The direction and narration of this book was simply dreadful. The narrator seems to think that a New England accent is the sound of a stuffy old British person, but that is just so not the case. Olive is actually sassy and quick, but she ends up sounding mostly like a boring, stuck up old lady.
The director of this book made the odd decision to use a "phone" sound for phone conversation, so the person on the other end of the conversation sounds like their voice is running through a filter. It's a bizarre move, considering there are no other sound effects in this book.
The story itself was just ok. Not sure why it got such large accolades. I loved all the portions that starred Olive, but didn't really see the point of quite a few of the side characters.