wanda mc caddon did a wonderful job
this story really deserves a thick irish brogue
her diction is lyrical but always intelligible
the tale is one of relentless irish adversity
the british, the church and other irish are all equally cruel
to have anything of your own is its' own small victory
? how do you live in a world not designed with you in mind
? how do you remain sane while constantly under attack
? where can you find a home in this uncaring society
there is a beautiful paragraph near the start of the book
it reports to be about signs for catching or not catching salmon
as it turns out you never really do catch a salmon
no matter what ; life won't turn out the way you planned
there is no real use in complaining and worrying about it
it's what you do after you learn this fact that really matters
The story is based in Ireland yet the reader chosen was English. After about ten minutes of one of the worst attempts at an Irish accent I gave up. I realised that I had come across the reader before reading Edna O' Briens book on Joyce and I had the same problem. Is it too much to ask that the reader is capable of carrying off an accent? It completely spoiled the book and as a result I'll definately be returning it. No more Wanda Mc Caddon/Donada Peters/Nadia May for me.
I purchased this book several years ago. It was only my second book from Audible.com. Because it is a complicated story, it took a great deal of concentration to keep track of all the players. I just re-read it and this time it was pure pleasure. This time I could appreciate the richness of the writing and the beauty of narration. One of the very best!
The narrator. I loved listening to the story because the narrator spoke with an Irish accent. Also, I thought the writing was really lovely, almost poetic.
I like novels that blend a secret/story from the past with the present day. I have read Kate Morton's books and enjoyed them all.
Yes, I have. As Donada Peters, she narrated Wuthering Heights. She was phenomenal. I laughed out loud ( in a good way) at her interpretations of some of the characters.
The main character, Roseanne McNulty, was the most memorable for me because she was strong and because she lived in a time and place where this would not have been encouraged.
The Catholic priest in this story was quite a negative character, and his influence over his parishioners was huge. The things done then in the name of God or the Church are hard to imagine today.
The biggest problem was I couldn't get it loud enough to hear and understand.
I think if the volume could be louder I would have enjoyed it, but as it was it was
just a low background noise. disappointed.
Sorry not a fair chance on the narrator or the book
Disappointment, I have this problem with more then a few books when in the car.
So that eliminate listening there, which of course is a favorite place to listen.
Please make the volumes higher on recording, am I the only one with this problem?
It still astonishes me what self-righteous religious people will do to others who they deem are not as deserving of the favor of God as themselves. This is a remarkable story of a woman who would not become a Catholic. Because of this, and the religious beliefs of those who opposed her, her life was destroyed. She writes this story at the age of 100 in the asylum were she has spent much of her life.
I liked the narrators accent but the recording was a little difficult to hear. I think it is the quality of the recording not the narrator. I found I had to listen to it at a much higher volume than I usually use and at times I had to rewind, put both earphones on and re-listen with no background noise in order to understand everything.
Story never gelled for me.
Yes, I believe she did the best she could with material available.
Roseanne was endearing.
Got about 45 minutes into the story and stopped as I found focusing on it too much work.
Its most likely me as I am not the high literature type. I am more interested in a faster pace of story, history or biography. I guess for me there was little interest in this story.