This is a complex story, told in an interesting manner. I highly recommend it to anyone. The descriptions of place (and there are many fascinating places) are remarkably beautiful.
The reader did a very poor job voicing the characters. The major female character has only one tone, a whine. All the male characters sound alike, humorless and cold. I'm not expecting a dramatization, in fact I hate it when readers get carried away, but this reader was way off the mark. I will avoid his work. Buy the book; the voices in your imagination will be far better than the recording. Don't think I'm cool about listening to books (I love them), but the reader should enhance, not diminish, the experience.
Maybe it's just that the American West doesn't particularly interest me as a subject, but I found this book very slow going. I got about halfway through and it seemed that all the action was taking place offstage. Maybe this is deliberate since the narrator is constructing his family's history from diaries and letters but it just didn't grab me. The narration was fine, nothing special.
I kept waiting for something interesting to happen or to become engaged in the story or characters, and there was just nothing there.
How slowly and uneventful the story unfolds.
The narration of Susan was enough to turn my stomach. Maybe the narrator was capturing how the character was written, but hard to listen to.
Well I guess it gave me a deeper appreciation for good books and I will make sure I am more scrupulous in my purchase decisions.
Book is over rated.
The narrator did a decent job...the story was boring...I many times wanted to give up, and at the end wondered why I didn't give up.
Good, nice voice.
I kept hoping something about this story would engage me through this 22+ hour book.. but nothing ever clicked. It came across as 22 hours of whining. Thank goodness Audible's iPhone app allowed me to listen in double time!
I wish the author had acknowledged that this book was based on the life of Mary Hallock Foote - even admitting that entire sections of the book were lifted word-for-word from her letters. I am more willing to tolerate BORING from a non-fiction book that a book 'claiming' to be fiction. I will probably never read another book written by Stegner.
This book was enjoyable on some levels due to its interplay between friends, parents and children, husbands and wives, the past and the future. I found I have not gotten to know the present-day historian as well as I'd like, and perhaps this is the conflict I see with this book.. it interweaves the two stories on a superficial level, but the past is the main focus, not the present.
Included less of the imaginations of what happened in the past, included more of the present day. With the 1960s-70s counterculture in full swing, it would've been better to understand the modern-day characters' interaction with the changing culture of 100 years before.
Mark Bramhall was absolutely stunning in The Big Rock Candy Mountain, and I was thrilled to find he read Angle of Repose. His performance did capture a 60ish man dictating tape recordings, but I agree with other reviewers that his depiction of Susan was considerably too whiny.
Tale told from a fascinating point of view featuring both the life of the historian author and his grandmother who he is researching. It is the perfect book for audio since it is supposed to represent what the author is tape recording. It was engaging enough to stick through the end, but it leaves the audience empty. A one sentence review would be "enjoyable but entirely forgettable."
This was a hard one to get through. The story never seems to develop into anything but the chapters go on and on. This one makes the bottom of my list for this years reading.