The narrator was so excellent with the Southern accents that I can't imagine the story without her voice. Old characters sounded old, young ones young, and the black cook was so good, I almost laughed every time "she" spoke.
I don't want to give away the story, so I'll just say that the story was a melange of happy, sad, funny, traumatic, and tender moments. It's all about female bonding across races and ages.
What a gifted actress Lamia is! Every character has its own voice and is readily distinguishable. Listening to her was the best part of the story.
This is a delightful story that's not offensive in any way. There's no violence or profanity, just a touching story about a girl growing up and coming to grips with her parents.
The endearing nature of the characters. The good feelings created after Cee Cee is forced to move with her relatives.
Cee Cee Honeycutt because she is a survivor and because she finally finds a true loving home.
Very believeable perfomance
This book has a wonderful blend of humor and pathos. A perfect coming-of-age story. The narration added to the enjoyment of the book.
This book has an interesting story line and the narrator brings the book to life. Jenna Lamia does a great job with the various character's voices. I listen to Audible each day while I walk and I found that I couldn't wait to go walking each day in order to listen again. It was a fantastic motivator!
The narrator was amazing, which was made possible by the beautiful descriptions of Savannah provided by the author. I will listen to this book again!
My favorite character is Oletta, the black maid who comes to show CeCe just what love means.
I thought this book had a somewhat similar feel to The Secret Life of Bees and to The Help. For instance, it takes place in the 1950s & 1960s and is told from the perspective of a young white girl. Similarly to those books, the main character CeeCee is simultaneously dealing with what's going on in her own life while making sense of life in the Jim Crow South. But, don't expect this book to be depressing. On the contrary, while there are parts of this book that will make you cry, there are also parts that will make you laugh out loud. Beth Hoffman managed to write a novel with a surprising amount of depth, yet that is thoroughly enthralling and entertaining. This isn't exactly a light read, but it's still a book you can enjoy while on a road trip or relaxing on the beach.
The narrator, Jenna Lamia, did a superb job. The majority of the story is told in the first person. And her southern accent of a young girl was perfect. She also did a wonderful job with the numerous other characters who enter and exit the story.
I really enjoy books that are "stories" and this one is perfect. A peek at mental illness in the 60's and the building of "families". Great narration, I could picture all the scenes in my mind and laughed out loud at some of the characters, who are so real.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This is one of those stories that is light and entertaining, but not challenging in any way. It's fine for those who want an hor d'oeurvre but don't expect a filling meal. After setting the stage with CeCe's tragic childhood, Hoffmen proceeds to transport her young heroine to a fantasy land of excentric but benign fairy godmothers of the south. I lived in Savannah for several years, and appreciated the descriptions of its charms and the efforts made to reclaim its historic district, recognizing many of the locations. But I don't believe she authentically captured the spirit of the south in that time period. (Her bio says she grew up in Ohio, and I don't see any experience of southern living.) Though no longer appropriate, the social classes in that time and place were much more rigid than depicted, and the cross-racial friendships are not likely to have happened. While heartwarming, it rings false and is a weakness in the story. Other reviewers have already pointed out the overly simple and providential resolutions to all complex problems that cropped up. Plot tension was meager at best.
I have wavered between a 3 or 4 star rating because in spite of the above weaknesses, I found myself growing fond of many of the characters, stereotyped as they were. Comparisons to the flock of women in Steel Magnolias are appropriate. Little depth but plenty of affection. Jenna Lamia's reading was mostly authentic, although a little overly sweet in some cases. I have decided to allow a 3 star for the story, but an indulgent 4 star overall, admittedly out of sentiment. Readers looking for southern sassiness and spunk would do better with Joshilyn Jackson.
Heartwarming story of love.
The relationship that Cece developed with Odette was what makes this book a gem.
Her versatility- that she can sound like a child and an adult at the same time. She brought such life to the characters.
Yes, but I couldn't so it was fun to look forward to the time when I would be turning on the ipod!