I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This is a bit along the same lines. The only thing that bothered me was the lack of emotion around the horrors the character saw. She seemed almost resigned and clinical about it unless she was actively experiencing said horrors. That grated on me a little. I thought a little social commentary and interest was called for.
Having said that I enjoyed the book and I liked the premise.
The narrator was reasonable, did not add or detract from the story.
Love listening, learning and letting myself get swept away in love, other's lives and electrifying adventures.
I struggled to finish this a bit, slow in parts. Great for understanding the lives of slaves and the current and past struggles for African Americans.
very good read. the premise was fascinating. feel like it gave me new incites into slavery.
Slave era stories always makes me feel emotionally charged and raw. The time travel aspect and the fact that she met her relatives kept me reading and intetested. The story also left me wanting to know about Dana and Kevin, past the Epilogue stage.
Because of Kim Staunton's performance, I would say so.
I liked how it showed how slowly things had changed and how circumstances could vary greatly from one plantation to another. I also liked how it showed the prejudices were shaped by surroundings and not born into the children.
I think Dana was.
There were several points in the book where I had extreme reactions; most prominently, anger and sadness at the treatment of black people.
I would highly recommend this book both for the story and for the narration.
The story line should have lent itself to a great tale. It did not. It was simplistic, sometimes silly. For example, the time travelers assumed the people in the era they visited were somehow ignorant because they did not "understand" things the way they did. Also, it was ridiculous that Rufus accepted that Dana was a time traveler so easily. I actually went back to see if it was categorized as a young adult genre - it was not. The narrator better suited to reading a children's book. Her narration added a frustration to an already superficial story. I can only recommend this book to someone that wants a book that requires little effort.
I recently listened to Dawn by the same author and I really enjoyed it. The plot device here is time travel that takes us to the early 1800s into a plantation with slaves. It really is not sci-fi. Instead it is historical fiction without anything that I found new or surprising. The narration was weak. The narrators voice was pleasant but not interesting. She did the accents well but it isn't enough to outweigh the rather rote reading. I will not listen to her again.
This is pretty much a historical novel with a bit of SF icing, focusing almost exclusively on the relationships built between a mid-1970's modern black woman who is continually sent back in time to save an ancestor from an early death.