This book has so good it was hardtop put it down. No wonder it made such a good movie.
A beautiful tale of the lives of two very different women from two vastly different class backgrounds. The relationship that was forged through the years of the American Civil War and far beyond by these two women. The celebration of the friendship and the bond for each other. Their trials and tribulations of their loves found, and loves lost.
I could not read due to narration. I understand that the writer was the narrator but, in my mind, that was an error. I could not listen to it.
A powerful story filled with unforgettable characters read beautifully by
Mr. Frazier's soft southern accent and his amazing imagery took me to
the south in that sad civil war period, evoking the beauty and courage as well as the poverty, despair and cruelty of that period.
I think my eyes would have flown over so many chapters, but his quiet,
beautiful voice made me stop, listen and look at each person, each place. I don't usually like books read by authors who read the words woodenly. Mr. Frazier is a wonderful exception.
Great character development.
Rich descriptive language.
I enjoyed his narration. I grew up in that area of the country so I related to his accent.
It was a long novel but I did find myself looking forward to listening to the next segment.
This was a wonderful book. The writing is extraordinary but I would occassionally lose interest throughout the book because detail and the writing style. I think this book might be a better read if you tend to lose your attention easily like I do (ADHDesque).
I actually thought the narration was wonderful. The author's tone does not change a lot throughout the book but I felt that fit everything perfectly. His voice is musical in its own way and I rather enjoyed listening to him.
Thought the author did a very good job narrating this Book.
The Book to me is better than the Movie, in the Book the characters are much tougher and the main character is really tough,dont mess with him.
A lot more characters and is much expanded when comparing it to the Movie, which was very good in itself.
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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!!