Having never read it in high school, I didn't know much about this story. I'm so glad I chose to listen to it rather than reading it. Ruby Dee was so incredibly spot on, she made every single character come to life in a way that my white, New English brain would never have been able to. This is the first book I've listened to that I plan to go back and read.
Wow, amazing virtuoso performance by Ruby Bell. The characters were voiced with such depth and richness. Switching between the elegant, scholarly narrator and the rough banter of the townspeople is quite a trick and she nails it. Tremendous book.
Such a wonderfully written story. This would be an excellent book to teach writing for a college class. The adjectives used are simply amazing!!
The ensemble was wonderful.
The poetry of the words and the ability to take me to a far away place is what I most enjoyed.
I found a list of the top 100 American novels and this book was ranked high. Audible showed that this book was under 7 hours, so I chose it to listen to for a weekend trip driving 8 hours. The "reader" was lively, gripping and felt authentic to the book. The book is full of eatherial thoughts of the main character Janie, woven through the story's twists anf turns. Those thoughts are so deep and striking, the whole book rests upon them. Engaging book! I loved it!
I disliked the over exaggeration of characters' voices. It was hard to listen to her talk and I found it quite annoying. However, her emphasis on the character's voices helped me understand the book better
They say literature is supposed to bring you pleasure in the form of companionship & escape this story did just that. I read this same book in HS and now again in college. The love I had for this story was given a whole new light by being able to hear it out loud. Everything has a whole new feel I just couldn't stop listening. I learned more and realized how different a story I saw this as now that I'm older and with child. I felt connection to the characters & their experience based on my own. This was an amazing story and I will certainly be purchasing more books. Thank you.
This is a beautiful work, one that leaves gives me great feelings of inadequacy as a writer. it will leave you aching, and aching for more. The narration is impossibly good.
This book is an incredible piece of writing, but I was equally impressed with the way that the narrator was able to distinguish clearly between characters even in busy scenes. Clearly she has strong vocal talents, but equally she clearly put a lot of forethought into these voices and did her homework on the characters. Just fantastic!