This is at least the third time I've read or listened to this story. I love it more each time. So much to learn about cultural suppression of women, resiliency, human nature and our ties to the earth.
Timeless story delivered with superb narration. For those who have read Buck, this is a great audible version. For those new to Buck, this is a fine introduction.
The narrator is perfect as his voice is soothing and mature but also very dynamic. The many characters come to life through him. The book itself is far better than I thought it would be but I imagine that its beauty and insights would appeal most to readers who themselves have already attained a certain age. It is the story of a man's life and so one must have seen something of life and perhaps already have wed and had children, to fully enjoy this marvelous tale. The descriptions of the land are unforgettable and never once overwrought or tedious as I worried they might be. The writing flows through the places and characters as they develop and as the land transforms from their labor. It is also a book about poverty and wealth, work and ritual, family and love and lust and hatred. war, starvation, shame, bandits, revolution, the country, the city, the disabled, drug addiction, beauty, greed, risk, friendship and loyalty, fear and loathing, honor, guilt, memory, money, loyalty, disloyalty, famine, disease, mobs, theft, rumor, innuendo, scheming, posturing, embarrassment, pride, babies, whores, gender issues.... It's all there but never as overwhelming as a long list might suggest. It is a giant book that taxes the reader very little and will probably remain a classic for a long time.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I don't usually go for high literature or drama, but I am trying to expand my horizons. This book has some beautiful prose, and a moving story with characters that you can care about.
This wonderful story was made even better by the perfect performance of Mr. Heald. Probably the best audiobook performance I've ever heard; he captured the characters and the mood with precision.
The upside to a two-hour a day commute - listening to the books I never had the time or inclination to read when I was younger! I usually prefer non-fiction. I think what drew me to this story was how oddly relevant it is - though it took place in such a different time and place. The choices we make regarding family and work, the priorities we set, and life being passed from one generation to the next. Both the writing and the narration were a joy.
I really enjoyed this book. I do think would make a great movie and I like the title.