50 something, retired professional, mother, grandmother, wife.
hard to hear about how slaves were treated. but, am interesting twist on the narrators attitude and presence. somewhat thought provoking. good job of putting the reader in a slaves shoes.
Not your typical speculative fiction by any means... this is a powerful story, well told, with unforgettable characters. The setting is a series of time slips from late twentieth century urban life into a pre-Civil War slave homestead. The rest... you should experience for yourself. A truly magnificent performance of a great piece if writing.
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.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
Not necessarily. I had some trouble with the reader but the story kept me going. This is a book that is different than others I have read. Time travel into a slavery time for an African American Woman.
I really liked the heroes, married couple. The author did a good job to have us believe how much they cared for each other, over time and time periods. The hero makes a point that Slavery is so invasive that people living in it consider it the norm. The whites ability to force control over all parts of the slaves, even to make them pretend to like them. With the violence that is always just under the surface.
She did a good job with the southern voices, not so much with those now from the south
This is a story about a black American woman who time-travels back in time, and gets to experience a stark contrast between the modern age and the slavery. But the supernatural element of the story is not what matters most, it is the stories of the ordinary people trying to get-by in a hostile world, their relationships, small joys and even greater griefs. It tells about how easily people get used to such kind of situations, and accept their fate. It also shows how the society and the socially-accepted rules change over time and form our views about the world.
I enjoyed this story a lot, it's narration and the main character. Even though there are certain aspects that could be criticized, they are too minor to matter.
The narrator is very good, I am already searching for other books recorded by her!
Though the narrator managed to distinguish multiple voices successfully, the voice of the narrator was a serious distraction. The tone was very much "What I Did on my Vacation" without capturing the serious and horrifying slave experience. The voice was lacking any gravitas.
As science fiction or fantasy, the story was not particularly inventive or intriguing. Generally, the result was not was the hype would have predicted.
Detailed, Poignant, Unflinching
Beloved. I think in some ways they're two halves of a whole. Beloved is a story about a family which is free but still emotionally imprisoned by slavery. Kindred is a story about a woman learning to understand very personally just why slavery was awful, even when slaves were treated relatively (I stress relatively) humanely.
I love how expressive Staunton's voice is. I really felt transported, and I always enjoy when the narrator differentiates each character vocally, which she did.