As a voracious reader, it seems I have a new life best choice! This story was so beautifully articulated, I was a voyeur in a world I haven't lived but so much more hopefully wise.
Marosz does the book and its author an incredible injustice. The constant mispronunciation of Italian and even English words is insulting, and his interpretation of a Southern accent is as grating as described by other reviewers.
In spite of that, the book is wonderful, the characters rich, and the writing is vivid and often laugh-out-loud funny.
I love everything Pat Conroy and try to read all his books, so I will not give a poor rating on the content. But this unbearable fake Southern accent makes me want to throw something at my iPhone. I grew up in South Carolina and have NEVER heard an accent like this EXCEPT by actors (including Kevin Spacey) who do absolutely no research and fall back on this horrible sound for movies, plays and audiobooks. Not only is this NOT A SOUTHERN ACCENT, it's not even pretty. Would love to review this book but will have to get the Kindle edition because this is absolutely unbearable to hear.
Epic story, felt there were too many incredible different story lines. Learned so much about wars of so many types, that was good insight got me.
Life in HooterVille is GREAT!
The diverse character personification, both male and female, by this narrator was superb. Given the fact that the characters were portrayed with ample voice inflection, I can not help but wonder that the more monotonous tone employed buring story narration was by design as excessive inflection during story telling, can itself lead to monotony.
Listen to books EVERY DAY driving in Atlanta traffic! I love exciting non-fiction, mystery, series and lengthy books. Every once in a while I will listen to rock start autobiographies to break up the routine.
I could have done either for this book.
The ending and the matriarch being so sick. Hearing a son's love for his mother pour out in his grief. Touching.
His southern accent was a little "put on" and I find myself with a truer one.
This is the second version of this wonderful novel that I have heard, and it exceeded my expectations. My favorite part was the last chapter and the epilogue. The narrator – the second one I've heard do this story – was excellent. I had selected the story you shared with my wife, and she loved it as well. (Eric Schneider)