I love the authentic use of dialects and accent. Also the music between scenes was fun.
The story is a classic, a bit overdone in places, but overall very enjoyable. In fact I hated to hear it end!
Say something about yourself!
Still relevant after all these years, this pleasant story is worth revisiting from your high school reading list. Not all things will ring true to present, but the important things will. Once it gets rolling, it is an easy ride into the past, highlighting issues that still grip current generations. This book deals with questions that are pushed aside now by more contemporary issues, but really they are all the same. It was likely the "Goldfinch" of it's day, though easier to get through, less depressing or pretentious, but other than that, exactly the same. Easily absorbable and good narration throughout. If you've been afraid of stuffy classics, you won't have any fears with this one.
This is my all time favorite book. I've read it once or twice a year since I was in high school and I'm in my 40's now. This narrator does a good job with the voices and really paints the picture for you. I loved listening to this book and will probably listen to it many times!
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
If this book was not a selection from my book club for the month of September, I don't think I would have ever read it. I never heard of it until it was nominated.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of a young girl, Frances Nolan growing up in Brooklyn, New York at the turn of the century. The story takes a glimpse into a poor family of four surviving on the income of the mother and alcoholic father. What they lacked in money they make up for in pride, dignity, imagination and love. This is a wonderfully written story that takes the American Dream and shows us what it meant to this family.
I thought the book started off kind off slow and I really did not get into the characters until they were older, half way through the book. I had a small connection to Frances when she goes to the public library and the reader gets to find out why she loves it so much. I had the same feeling about Redondo Beach Public Library when I was a kid. But there was something about the book that just did not click with me until the end.
The book highlights the negative relationship women had with each other. Women were out to take men from each other, to brand other women whores, fight over jobs and at jobs, belittle the children, and they are always out for themselves until the midwife is called. Then they all come circling the wagons and help out in the bringing of a new child into the world. It was odd the amount off dislike, hate and fighting going on in this book. The kids are fighting with each other at school and in the streets. It is a constant fight for the highest rank in the lowest ranked neighborhood. I think that is the only thing that had me not 100% engulfed in the book.
I loved the new things I learned. Mostly, I learned about real life in the 1900's about the way people really lived and thought, about the clothing the poor men wore and the food they ate. As I was reading the book, I had to get a cup of coffee a few times and had to fight the urge to buy a sugar bun. Ahh! Just thinking about it now is making my mouth water.
The ending was perfect and just the way a great story should end. Don't worry I won't tell.
Audiobook: 15 hours and 2 minutes
Kate Burton (Narrator)
The narrator for this audiobook, Kate Burton did an excellent job and really pulled it off. She nailed the various accents in the small Brooklyn neighborhood. She had to perform the German, Jewish, Irish and New York Brooklyn accent (male and female) and keep France's voice age appropriate for the right age in the book. I think she did a great job of narrating this book.
I fell in love with this book almost instantly and have listened to it several times. One of the great classics that should be read continually. The commentary about the turn of the century, poverty, school, and growing up is lovely.
It is easy to come to love each of the characters as the story gives you a glimpse into each of their perspectives.
I have listened to this at least 4 times. It's one of those you can just keep listening to.
Angela's Ashes, the American girl version.
She gave the characters feeling
No, but it was a book I didn't want to end.
This was one of the favorite books I read as a pre-teen. It was such a fond memory I was excited when I found it on Audible. I enjoyed it just as much reading it as an adult. The story is compelling, well written and the characters are fond memories in my heart. The struggles that this family, and especially the daughter come through make it an inspiring story for a pre-teen or teen and adults alike. When I first read this book it was my favorite on the same level as "Diary of Anne Frank."
I would recommend this book to anyone.
It took me years to get around to reading this book. It is fantastic!! very enjoyable listen. I wish I had gotten to it sooner. Should be required reading for young adults.