I'm probably not even half-way through with this book but the characters seem fairly predictable and the story is so-so. I agree with another reviewer that Dakota seems like a much younger child than a 12 year-old. What grates on my nerves is the underlying and subtle liberal agenda that is the purpose of this book. I read books for entertainment - not as a vehicle for political opinions. After listening to this book for a while, I completely understand why Julia Roberts picked it for a movie.
On a last note, it's mildly entertaining although like another reviewer wrote, I'm really not invested in what happens to any of the characters.
Well-developed characters. Interesting story line without too much complexity. Narrator does a nice job with voices. Dakota character seems more like 10 than 13 (particularly for an only child growing up in NYC). This one is like a good friend telling you a long story during a long drive. Entertaining but not life-changing. Great way to pass the time.
I am a member of a knitting club and enjoyed reading a story with knitting as a backdrop. Our group talks, shares a pot of tea and cookies and sometimes knits for a while.
I liked the story much better than the narration. What irritated and surprised me the most was the mispronounciation of a number of words.
I will not be listening to this narrator again.
I did like this book and I actually took up knitting after listening to this book! It is a very engaging story and I found myself looking forward to the drive to be able to listen to it. But the ending seemed to almost come out of nowhere and I was not pleased with that aspect of it. Obviously I don't want to ruin the ending for any potential listener, but I was very disappointed with how the characters lives ended up and that almost ruined the whole book for me! But other than that, it was a good book. For those who weren't aware, Julia Roberts is actually starring in and producing this movie in 2008 so that should be fun to see! As far as what other people are saying about the narrator and so on, I actually chose this book based on the narrator because I find her voice very engaging and I was not let down in this book at all either!
This was a very heartwarming story. I could feel the feelings of the chacters. They were together through good times and sad times and still remained friends. I enjoyed everything about this book and can't wait for MS Jacobs next book to come out.
This is a great book/the narrator did a wonderful job /why do blacks have to sound a certain way.The book was full of surprises.I loved the friendship,the caring of the characters. The story will make you think of your own values and loves.I wish that I had more friends that I shared and interest with.I enjoy crafts,knitting,and had the same feelings as K C.I hope the author can produce more books of the fine caliber.The narrator's voice was excellent and the speed was just right she read at a pace that allowed you to think about the story while listening.I enjoyed this literature and will reread again and again.Thank you Kate Jacobs
The language was terrible. I was looking for a clean fiction and this came up as a recommendation. I threw the cds in the garbage.
I enjoyed and even recommended this book to friends... until I hit the last quarter of the book. Big downer and completely unnecessary to the plot of the book. I enjoyed how the author wove in knitting references. But I totally didn't get why every character seemed to use the "F" word... it would have fit one specific character's vocabulary and attitude, but most of the characters didn't have that edge. Not a best seller. Decent listening.
I would have given it 3 stars for fluffy chick lit, but since it is on the bestseller list, it enters a new scoring category and barely makes 2 stars. I did actually finish it, but only because I wasn't home and couldn't download something else. The accents were indeed lamentable and pronunciations were sometimes laughable. The dialogue would have scored a passing grade in high school creative writing. I was surprised at the end to find I didn't really care about any of the characters at all. I cry for just about any story that calls for gratuitous emotion, but was definitely unmoved about all the characters in this book. I agree with another reviewer that it would be fine for a Goodwill purchased beach book, but not for real money. This one will not stand the test of time. Nor will it ever find a place on my book shelf.
I loved this book. It tells the tale of a group of women who come together through their talent (or lack of talent) with knitting. They are likeable women who live real lives.
She does such a great job making the distinction from one character to another, and there are a lot of characters! The older woman sounds like an older woman and the young women sound like young women.
I literally laughed out loud. And several times, I was brought to tears.
My only regret about this book is the way it ends. But I will probably get the next book(s) in the series, just to find out what happens with the women in the group.