The characters' behavior is unnatural & unrealistic, in my opinion. Neither mother or daughters would repond as these women did, given their circumstances.
A good narration, however.
The Winter Garden plot is predictable from the first chapter.
It is just not a compelling story. Also, I am not that interested in working through the problems encountered by the death of a family member.
My reaction was such boredom, I could not finish the book.
This book is written on the same level as a romance novel...but it's about death. The prose, the characters, the plot - nothing resonated. It was boring because it was written to about a 9th grade audience level.
The accents and voices are great for immersing me in the stories.
This book's first half is almost painful. The characters are annoying at best - spoiled, selfish, and I had no love. But the second half makes up for it. Wow. the story had me in tears more than once, and I could not stop listening. I know this story will stay with me a long time. It makes me want to seek out more stories from that time and place.
Yes because the narrator has a wonderful Russian accent. I could hear my mother again!
Vera, aka Anya, was my favorite. She had a character that grew on me and was an incredibly strong individual.
Vera's accent, as I mentioned above, was very believable.
My mother was an immigrant from Estonia, which at the time of this story was a part of the USSR and I have heard these stories from her. Very nostalgic and has helped me to realize what my family's roots are.
The story is like none other I have ever read or listened to, there was no feeling of been there,done that, with this book. The "fairytales" just sucked me in, I felt a part of them. The performance was exquist. Susan Erickson made each character their own and just did an amazing job. So very worth listening to.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
This is basically a good story. However, the author could have told the story in 1/2 as many pages.
Kristin Hannah has fast become one of my favorite authors. She knows how to tell a woman's story. They have so far (I have read this and Firefly Lane) been a bit dramatic and extreme, but believeable. In this case, it was a bit tiresome as the two sisters squabbled back and forth over the same issues, but that is reality in a family (I have three sisters). And the mother was a bit extreme in her hesitancy (refusal) to connect emotionally with these two daughters. But the mother's tale was riveting. This was delightful to listen to (if you can call the struggles Anya went through delightful). I will get more books by Hannah to listen to and recommend others do the same.
Love the story and there are lessons to learn! Women go through a lot and also have a lot to learn. Will definitely try others books from this author.
The characters are well-defined. The storyline absorbs you! The ending a shocker! A book that is well worth your money and your time!
Awesome! It was an interesting way of introducing the story line over generations. The story was never finished until the last page. How could you not feel the joy and the pain of the mother as a child and her daughters struggle to understand her. It just gets better and better. I loved this book. I will listen again and again.