I really thought I was going to like this book, given its high overall reviews. I should have read some of the individual reviews on here more carefully I guess. I will be echoing some of them here, but here goes: I'm on the fence about whether this book would be better read than listened to. At first I was blaming the narrator for my negative reaction, but when I started paying closer attention to the actual words I realized that I had more of a problem with the writing style, which is very old-fashioned (e.g. "Why, Bob Bob! Why ever would you say that?"). I haven't read something of this style since I was a child, and even then it would have seemed outdated. The story is an interesting one, and that's why I stuck with it, but it didn't get any better as it went along. It's written in the 1st person, but the protagonist also tells us about things that are happening to other people, which she logically should have no knowledge of. (One example, which I don't think would be a spoiler, is describing her own birth in detail). When referring to herself she always stays in a little girl's character, no matter what age she is and I found this a little confusing at times. There is not a lot of real reflection, which is too bad given the subject matter. The characters all become caricatures, and that causes the story to become predictable. I hate knowing what is going to happen before the narrator tells me! I was also bothered by the same gruff voice the narrator used whenever she was speaking a male role. I felt like I was at the children's library during story hour, but listening to a story meant for adults. I know lots of people really enjoyed this book, but it obviously wasn't one for me.
Most of the audio books produced by Blackstone Audio that I have listened to are great, and this one is no exception. The narration by Carrington MacDuffe wove a tale of life, simple and complex, beautifully sad and engaging. I sometimes had to wonder how a woman so large could keep her chin up, but this is where fiction can overcome life. I am glad I listened, and I am inspired to read the book. I hope the author is working on another piece.
Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior
I like this book even when parts were slow I felt I knew her. Character development is surpburb in this book the performance by Carrington Macduffie is right on but I felt more personality in each person voicing would have bought forth a great performance. Sometimes I felt like the characters were so well written but it got lost without different voices. In saying that this was still a very good read and I recommend it
I would recommend this to friends who are willing to invest in a story of character. This is not a plot-driven narrative.
The small moments of friendship and quiet love between Truely, Amelia, and Marcus.
Possibly. I did not think she was the right narrator for this story.
This could be adapted into a good movie if the underlying themes are kept intact. To make Truely normal sized and attractive would ruin the impact of her character. I don't see this being a movie with wide commercial appeal
The story of a woman growing up in a small town with a form of giant-ism. The writer could have done a better job facing the consequences of rape, runaway wives, suicide, and homosexuality. However given that the book is supposed to be more about an ancestors spell book and a physically unconventional woman learning to love herself, its a good listen. I think if we took every opportunity to make hard life lessons into actual lessons, story telling would be considered education not entertainment, and this book is entertaining in a gentle, slow summer breeze kind of way. Easy listening for sure.
I loved this book. It captures the pain of being an outcast in the frustrating world of school and later in adulthood and brings an insight to small town living at the same time. I enjoyed the characters and the narration and I loved the way the author brought the past to life by giving it a "character" of its own in the form of an inanimate object. I found this to be a very complex story bringing me to laughter and to tears at different points in the story. At the end...there was hope and happiness, making this a most enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed this book, because it was so well written and the characters were so well developed. This is a story of someone who has a very hard life, but keeps moving forward and surviving, in spite of continual challenges.
There is nothing that irritates me more than a poorly edited narration. When the narrator corrected herself a few times at the beginning of the book, I almost quit. I am glad I didn't. This was a lovely story of acceptance and judgement and all kinds of relationships. I am glad I hung in there.