I really wanted to love this book but the repeated cruelty to the animals and women made it impossible for me to do so. The story is sad, despite the "happy" ending - the characters are lost and forlorn, with no real hope for a better life. I am not deterred by a tragic story but for some reason, I thought this book was going to be uplifting, and it's not. That being said, it is extremely well written, with incredible imagery. I will look forward to reading others of Sara Gruen's books - she has a magical grasp of language.
The old and young narrators both did a really good job on this audio book. Obviously the young sections were where all the action happened but the older rememberance tied it all together and added a layer of a life well lived... and then what? It was a good listen.
This was a great book...and that says a lot since this is the very first review I have ever written despite having listened to hundreds of audio books over the last 5 years! Not normally my genre of choice but I downloaded it because 1) it was on sale for $5 and 2) it is being made into a movie so I figured a few people had to think it was a good book. The arthor brought the characters to life in full color. Listening to it was like watching it in my mind on a movie screen. I can't say enough about this book. It was worth every penny! And more than I paid for it. So glad I made the leap of faith and downloaded it.
I have bragged about this book to everyone! Give it a chance! I smiled more while I listened to it. I even giggled out loud with excitement at a few parts. The narrarator made the book come to life with the different accents and with such recognizable emotion in his tone. I can easily say this is one of my favorite books.
I don't often listen to books under 15 hours,brevity being an illogical choice when paying the same amount of money regardless of minutes, but this book is captivating in the extreme. YES: there is nudity YES: there is sexuality YES: there is heartbreaking cruelty to those who, to this day, have no way to defend themselves. All I know is: complaining about the more graphic segments of this book is about as productive as complaining about the period of time being written about in the story. This is a book as colorful as it is endearing. It gives life to the black&white 3x5 of the human condition during the great depression by showing the joy that was still possible with the discovery of true love. A truly lovely read.
Well written and excellently narrated. Beautiful in its simplicity. Like Jacob, I fell in love with both Marlena and Rosie. Heck, I fell in love with Jacob, too! :)
This was so refreshing! I have read so many young adult romance books I almost forgot there was more to look forward to than a kiss good night! This book is well written and the character development is deep and meaningful. This story is well put together and a page turner I could hardly put it down! The love story is great but the life story is even better. This book makes you realize that life’s most important moments are in the struggles and details that pass by in each day.