I would listen again. The narrator was perfect for the age of young Lily and all the characters were so richly described. I had difficulty turning it off.
She seemed perfect for the age of Lily, the storyteller.
The book had emotional highs and lows. Many humorous times and certainly sad at others.
Jenna 's perfect narration and perfect Southern voice to me back to when I was her age is the early 60's. I felt like she was my best friend telling me her life. This story has drama, humor, sadness, happiness, with a sense of suspense running through out the story line. RECOMMEND
Not really Ron! Female, mid 40's. Need a good audio book really helps me get things done around the house. My family is annoyed!
I'm hooked on listening to books narrated by Jenna Lamia. I was searching for another after "The Help." The Secret Life Of Bees is practically poetry. Wonderful story with perfect narration.
It's a feel-good novel, though I don't necessarily mean that in a good way. Overall, the message is a good one, but one probably best used by the young or immature. Otherwise, this is a standard tale of a girl running from her abusive life into the arms of a quirky, lovable flock of women, and finding her own inner strength. The racial currents that run through it add interest, but not enough to help the extremely predictable plot. The narrator does a good job in sounding like a 14-year old, but I found it hard to listen to at times. Her performance had this sort of "Aw Shucks" flavor to it that I found irritating.
Be more careful when considering audiobooks with five stars.
I would recommend this book because it is well written and perfectly narrated.
The Help is a similar book.
Jenna Lamia is a superb reader who captures the very spirit of a book. I listened to her performance in The Help and she is a sublime narrator in that book as well.
I couldn't get enough of this book. I wanted to listen to it in one setting, definitely.
I can't wait to hear more from Jenna Lamia.
I didnt read the book but I loved it being read to me by Jenna Lamia. She even had a southern accent to make it seem more real.
Lily. I loved her character. I loved seeing her develop herself in the book. She started as a meek girl who felt she was worthless and developed into a strong woman full of courage and love.
Great story line with just enough descriptives to set it in your mind's eye. There were no lulls, good pace...both comedic and heart wrenching.
Loved them all. August and Lilly were the center of the story and best developed.
I could have.
The Help, but it's even better.
I always enjoy her performances, but I think she outdid herself here. Her timing, inflections... all is superior.
Loved all the strong women in this story! My own journey is enriched by strong women characters and I learn lessons, along with Lily, about who I'm becoming and how women in my life impact me; how we learn from each other.
I'm too new to audiobooks to recommend anyone but I do wonder...are there no Southern narrators who could read books set in the South? I was often terribly distracted by the forced accent and, in some cases, just incorrect pronunciations. (Where is the editor in those instances?) I read many rave reviews about Jenna's work. I suspect those reviews weren't written by Southerners.