The narration of any book makes or breaks the experience for me, In the case of "Loving Frank, the narration grated to the point that I simply couldn't listen any more.
Ms. Horan over-anunciates, and her cadence and inflection are exaggerated - far more suited for reading bed time fairy tales to children.
However, what is worse is the way is the voice she adopts for men. Her method seems to be to tighten her vocal chords and speak through her nose - occasionally descending into gravelly undertones - with no emotion or subtly. I couldn't even listen to what Frank was saying, it was toneless, flat and irritating. All other men's voices are pretty much treated the same way, growling and nasal and flat.
I tried, really tried, to go back and power my way through, but finally just couldn't, and turned to the book instead.
My book club chose Loving Frank and I picked it up on Audible so that I could listen at work and have it done in time for our meeting. It's probably not a book I'd have gotten on my own choosing. About half way through I scrapped the Audible version and purchased the book because I couldn't take the narrator's rendering of Frank Lloyd Wright's voice. She made him sound as though he suffered from chronic, painful constipation.
I thought the author did a fair job in recreating FLW in historical form. My grandfather was a tradesman who lived east of Spring Green, WI and though he never worked for Wright, had friends who did. Years ago my grandfather told me about how Wright typically didn't pay his laborers because they ought to have taken working for him as payment. I liked that this particular arrogance of his made a major plot point in the book.
However, I thought the book really dragged through the middle. I pushed through, knowing the historical conclusion to the story so that I could see how the author presented the ending. I wish more time was spent developing the last few pages. If the book had no basis in history, I think readers would think that the author came up with some crazy hurried way to conclude the loose ends. As it is truth is stranger than fiction and the book would have been made better by spending a little more time in the truth than the conjecture of who Mamah Cheney was.
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Probably not but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. I found it extremely interesting and it made me think. Think about the women's movement, think about women who leave their children behind, and think about the importance of intellectual stimulation.
I thought she had a great quality to her voice that was pleasant to listen to. She helped you like the character of Mamah and give her thoughtful consideration.
I didn't find much humor but I did find sadness. But I also thought how I appreciate what women like Mamah did for women. I have a pretty tough time thinking about a woman abandoning her children but I do understand the desire to be able to use ones mind and and be considered an intelligent person and not just an appendage. Women had so few choices in her time. She was an extremely brave person but perhaps selfish too. For that matter I have always thought of Frank Lloyd Wright as a pompous ass. But this book also gave you some insight into his persona.
Parts begin to get "girlie" but hang on. I read this for one of my idols, Frank L. Wright, and came away loving Maima (sic).
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I thought this would be an illuminating book with a creative viewpoint due to the artist involved. I was wrong. It was just another cheat and hide book. I'm returning it. How the author had the nerve to write how she destroyed lives to meet her own ends is beyond me.
No way. She has the morals of an alley cat.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
This is a well written, thought provoking book. I always enjoy a book that leaves me a little conflicted. I'm still ruminating over the story, and the characters, especially Mamah. She gave up so much; in fact she gave up everything to be with Frank. I tried to keep an open mind while listening to their story because I didn't want to judge her choices too hastily. I wanted to hear her story. The thing is that I liked Mamah. She was ahead of her time. If I were to meet her today, Mamah would have a career, have had a divorce, have a family, and a past and still be Mamah. But this was another time and place altogether - really a place that I'm so far removed from, gratefully. She was Frank Lloyd Wright's intellectual equal and just as equally flawed since she chose loving him above all.While listening to Loving Henry, I also tried to keep in mind that women did not have any rights at the turn of the century. She was an ambitious woman who wanted a career and had a passion and talent for language. Could she have had a career and been a mother? Probably not. Could she have sacrificed her own happiness for that of her children and kind but passionless husband? Yes but she didn't. Could she have found a different kind a life while keeping some semblance of the one she had? I don't know. Was he worth it? I don't think so. I don't. but this is what I loved about this book. There is lots to think about it. My verdict after keeping an open mind is that she lost it all and I don't think Frank was worth it, not one bit.
I can tell you which was my least favorite. Really so tragic and she did not deserve, nor did her children deserve that end.
I am a FLW fan so I didn't expect to be so surprised and engaged by this book. The underlying questions of love, responsibility, family and freedom stimulated a lot of thought and conversation with friends. Mamah was a remarkable woman forced to make a decision that I'm thankful I never had to contemplate in my own life.
I really enjoyed this audiobook for the content of the novel. I could barely stop listening in places. The narrator's voice irritated me a little at the beginning as being a little flat, but she came alive as she used her voice to great effect on different characters and accents. Highly recommend.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - a great story which gives the reader a fascinating look at the early years of Frank Lloyd Wright . It also gave me a good sense of the society and feminism in the early 20th century. The book is apparently very well researched and feels quite realistic. I recommend this highly!