I'm sure that this is a wonderful piece of literature, but the author's accent was very difficult for me to understand. He also did not do a good job of differentiating between characters with his voice, which made the plot difficult to follow. I restarted the book but eventually gave up because I had to work so hard to follow what was going on! Since I find that the narrator makes the audio book, maybe we should read this one..
This book transports you to Africa... the descriptions are so detailed, the characters completely developed ... and while doing so provides an essential education into the meaning and madness of apartheid. Narration is superb. This one left me thinking for quite some time …
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I really wanted to enjoy this book. It is an important piece of literature that opened a window into a world little understood at the time. But I just couldn't find myself drawn to it. I did listen to the book and while the narrator was good, I wonder if this is one of those examples where the beauty and power of a book is lost through this medium. In the end, it was a disappointing use of my time, and that makes me sad.
Tell us about yourself!
A toss up between the beautiful, broad story and the beautiful warm narration
The Spike Lee movie "Do the Right Thing:
A voice perfect for the characters and his lovely use of Zulu terms. One of the reasons I love audio books is the ability to hear foreign language. Zulu seems to be a beautiful, expressive language.
No...I never wanted it to end. I eagerly awaited every opportunity to listen
This is a title I have often heard recommended but I thought it had to do with rebellion, violence and protest. I had no idea it would be such a beautiful, loving, honest story of the struggle to change , both personally and in a culture.
...or expect to listen to. I've listened to many audiobooks and out of those could list several favourites. But this beats them all. Michael York is perfect, matching the humanity, gravity, and poetry of the words. The story is both gut wrenching and life affirming. It is honest about the darkness of life while showing hope where true hope is found.
I tried. I really did. I kept plugging along, hoping that the pace would pick up, or that the story would start to move, or that the narrator wouldn't put me to sleep. I have failed. Finally packed it in a little more than halfway through. My daughter, wise beyond her years, tells me not to lament a failure to complete because there are so many good books out there, waiting. I shall go find one.
This is one of the the most extraordinary narrations I have ever hear. Truly brings this moving story to life. Highly highly recommended!
A beautiful story explaining apartheid and its destruction of the native culture of South Africa and Botswana countries. Read in a wonderfully melodic voice conveying the wisdom of earlier generations while telling of the collapse of morality among blacks because the resident ruling Europeans decreed a new way of life. A must read for everyone to understand how fragile all cultures are to change!
I first read this book in the '60's at 14 and couldn't put it down. At that age some things passed me by, but I have returned to this book several times since. It was required for my four home schooled teens who all love it as well. The troubled landscape of South Africa during the changing 1940's is beautifully and compassionately told. The main character is an African Anglican minister who has a deep love for his people and a grief over his son.
I will not give much about the story, but the writing is beautiful and sees things from multiple perspectives. This was made even better by Michael York, who can read to me any day! He is so talented that he can do this book full justice, and also make Aslan awesome in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. That's a gift.
This book should be required reading for high school or college or maybe both. It gives a historical perspective to what's happening many years later.