I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.
I know this was made into a movie years ago, and I didn't see it, having a personal no Renee Zellweger
policy. The author/narrator sounds like he actually experienced the events in the book, chronologically impossible, but that real and intensely human. I knew little about the history of the American South around the Civil War, but I now feel that I know something about it, even if the book is fiction. The three characters are all drawn uniquely, you feel what they feel, and it almost feels like your own triumph when they survive the almost unimaginable poverty and degradation of the era. I know that in general authors should not narrate their own books, but after reading this I can't imagine anyone other than Mr. Frazier telling the story, rendering the characters and the events so vividly.
After reading the many reviews for this book it seems as though listeners either love or hate Charles Frazier as a narrator.
I for one thoroughly enjoyed the story, the writing style and the audio delivery. 5 Stars from me!!
The worldview portrayed in this book is just too fatalistic and hopeless. But the writing is excellent. Most of it deserves five stars, but that one aspect spoiled it for me.
I had to read this book for school. I had just bought an ipod so I said what the hell? I'll try this. I was amazed at how easy it was to get through the book. The only thing I have to say is that It won't help you read in a noisy place. His voice gets a little hard to hear in noisy areas. The beginning is a little slow moving and his voice is monotonous, but after you get a little bit into the book, his reading gets better.
Overall though I would recommend this to a student who has to read this for school. It is a great way to read this rather long book with a busy schedule.