Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
Rainwater is a delightful, easy listen that is over before you know it. It had me wanting more but, really, it was the right length given the story line. Victor Slezak narrated it to perfection. Highly recommended!
When I buy an audiobook, I don't want it to be "work". I desire something to pass the time during my commute or while I do my housework. This totally fit the bill. It is fast moving and kept my interest. If you want fine literature to expand your mind, this isn't it. If you want a good story told by an excellent narrator, it is worth the credit/money.
I have purchased many of Sandra Brown's books and some have been pretty good and some have been Fantastic. Envy, Play Dirty, Smoke Screen, Smash Cut are a few of her best in my opinion.
Rainwater wasn't as highly rated as some of her newer ones and I wasn't sure what I was buying. This story grabbed me more and more as the book went on.
It was part romance which was played out so beautifully for the times in the early 1900's and Ella's Autistic son was described so sweet. Mr. Rainwater comes into Ella's life and turns it upside down with slow and sweet determination.
The ending is sad, but realistic and I did tear up and had to sit there a while to let it all sink in.
Victor Slezak makes all her books so much better with his 10 star narration. I will purchase all of his narrated books. He is that good. I'm so sorry he isn't narrating anymore.
This is worth a credit even though it's only 7 hours.
I'm a Sandra Brown lover and she has not failed me yet. A few not greats but 90% very good. This was a bit unusual but as I got into the story it held my attention. Victor is a good reader for particular stories and this one I think suited him. I was happy with the ending.
Give yourself the opportunity and listen to this audio book. Feel yourself drawn into your imagination of a story so real, in a beautiful Southern language rarely heard anymore.
I loved it. It has many facets, as all characters contribute so much to this story, I don't think I crasped it all. I am sure I will listen to it again, because this is a story of layered discoveries.
Kindness, Love, and compassion
It was a fresh and heartwarming story of love
Solly, I believe he became an interesting man.
This was an intriguing story. Victor Slezak is marvelous as the narrator. He made this story an easy and enjoyable listen. It was his performance that made me want to continue the story. His characterizations of the heroine and hero of the story were right on. If this were to be made into a movie, I hope that Mr. Slezak would serve as narrator ala John Boy on the Waltons.
While interesting and complex-simple, neither of the main characters were what I expected them to be. There were many layers of personal experiences, past challenges and beliefs that eventually drew them together. They had a lot in common. The supporting cast was sterotypical...the old maid school teachers, the busy body black maid who is deeply devoted to her church and its pastor, the southern "good old boys who are violent racists", poor people who are victimized by elite members of their community and ineffective law enforcement. While it would be easy to guess what path the storyline would take, I did not find that this story was predictable. The beginning of the story was perfect. It is easy for the listener to be a customer in the store. I was wondering of what value was the furniture, dishes of the narrator's mother. I did not anticipate how the story would end and the ending comes quickly so be prepared.
This is a good "read/listen" when one is doing routine chores. You will not want to put it down. Easily finished in one long day of house-cleaning or yard work. Enjoy!
fan of the arts
I've long been a fan of Ms. Brown's. But when I read Rainwater, I was at once aware that this novel was very different from her usual style. I loved it. I was moved to tears and filled with joy. It is a lovely story and I would recommend it highly. The narrator, Mr. Slezak, did a wonderful, poignant, and sensitive oral presentation. Truly a beautiful story.