This book took me a long time to complete. I started listening to it on morning walks when visiting my family for Christmas. I just finished it in mid July. I think it was one of those books that was not so engrossing that I could not put it down, but it was a book that I would gladly return to. I am not sure what to say that other reviewers have not; as a married man in my 20's I found this to be a wonderful read that placed you in a little girl's life in early 20th century Brooklyn. I found myself often feeling the pain that I am sure Francie's father felt when reading.
I read this the first time as a junior high schooler and then several times into young adulthood. I would say it was one of my favorites. I got to wondering as I am now in my 60s whether I would like it as well now. I chose it as our next book club book partly because I was curious to know how I would feel about it as a much more mature woman. I still loved the book! It was funny, touching, sad, depressing but mostly a story of perseverance. I liked Francie as much today as I did many years ago...maybe more because I've lived so much more since my early teens. I highly recommend it to young adults as well as anyone who wants a really great story. I also plan on reading another one of Betty Smith's books "Joy in the Morning". I have stored away some place a very tattered paperback that I plan to find. It is another wonderful book by this author. Too bad it isn't available as an audible book. As for Kate Burton's narration, I was really impressed with her very slight Brooklyn accent. It was very subtle rather than being in your face and I liked that. The reason for only 4 stars was the music. The music at the beginning of each section was so discordant to the tone of the book that after a couple of times I fast forwarded past the music because it was bugging me so much. It felt like something that should have been in a cheesy 50s or early 60s film noir soundtrack. I don't know who chose it but I thought it was completely weird.
I have read this book a dozen times, and it was a pleasure to enjoy it one more time on Audible. This story is one of the few that have influenced my life, my decisions, and my parenting. From crying to belly laughing I love this book from beginning to end.
I cannot believe I had never heard of this book before I bought it (a few months ago)!! This book should be a standard for maturing girls-it is a sensational and well written account of a girl coming of age in the Bronx. I felt I could relate to this young woman, even though I am from the South and, of course, live in a completely different century! This book, as I later found out, is considered a "classic"-and it should be!The narration is wonderful and I cannot wait to actually re-listen to this book in a few months!
I'm so glad I decided to get this classic. You will not be disappointed. This would be a great book for a book club. I would guess most clubs have already had this on their read list just not mine. Then I have only been a member for a year
The book is great, but the narrator is terrible---a monotone---added absolutely nothing to the story and made me want to read it instead of listen to it!
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I will need to pick up this book and read it or maybe there is another narrator that reads it. I just could not listen to this narrator...gave it my best try but just could not listen.
I know this book well as it was on my highschool reading list. I could have done without the 13 min long introduction though. I know it may be a special part to some people but it almost made me want to delete the book. (They should really re-think reading this!) This alone brought the rating down for me or it would have definately been 4 - 5 stars.
I love this story. I have read it 5+ times.
I don't think this reader was able to portray the life a feelings that the first reader had done. I first heard this book back in 97 and she was able to show you a image when there was none to be seen. This reader spends 11mins telling her story, and tells it with life in every word, but not when she reads and tells this story