Yes, I drive and listen, work and listen and often catch more detail the 2nd listen. The book was good and kept my interstest.
I was not able to figure out what would happen next. The twists and turns in the book kept me guessing what was coming.
The narrator made the mother's pain and experiences seem real and something the listener could feel her pain of her choices in her life..
I laughed and felt sad at times. The struggles of this family seemed realistic as if it could happpen to me. That made the story interesting.
The person who read it
When The mother started to reveal her background
Her tone made listening like we were really there
No I wanted it to last because I really enjoying it
maybe, but I rarely read the same book more than once, unless they are part of a series
the characters, really well developed and I identified with their struggles
the cafe in Alaska, I could almost taste the food
The pain of the past defines our future
Susan Ericksen brought this story to life for me. The characters individual backgrounds help you understand their reactions to situations within the story.
The fairytale of "Vera" kept me wanting to know more each time the mother stopped the story.
I loved the ending of this book. It made sense to me and I felt that I had experienced a complete story from beginning to end. There is no need to even think about if there would be another book to move the story along.
We are family
Mom - her voice was a crisp and clean as were her actions.
I mourned...and rejoiced. I did not know much about the Siege of Leningrad and often found myself cold and shivering during the telling of the "fairy tale." I realized we are all a part of the family that has gone before us - whether we want to admit it or not.
If the first part had been much, much shorter. Maybe just told the mother's story. I agree with one reviewer who said the father could have avoided a horrible childhood for his daughters if he'd just told them what their mother had been through so they could understand. What father would let his children think their mother just didn't love them rather than just sitting down and having an honest talk with them. I almost quit listening to this book because the first part is nothing but going on and on about what a dysfunctional family they were. It wasn't very entertaining.
No matter what the mother had been through, since she had loved her children from the past so much, I can't see her treating her daughters so badly for 40 years.
I might get another one, depending on the reviews.
She did the mother's accent and all the Russian accents very well.
The story of Russia in World War II was very well told. I've studied WWII history so I was familiar with the story but this book brought it to life. It was very well told and very well researched.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook! At first I wasnt sure I was going to like it but once the story got going, it was excellent. And there was some history to be learned in it too, which I always enjoy. Highly recommended. The narrator was very good too.
The horrible language
Every cus word in it
Couldn't enjoy the story because of the awful language
Even though I love a good exploration of the inner person, I agree with other reviewers. The entire first third or so of this story is like fighting through impenetrable undergrowth to reach the fine journey.
The fine journey, however, is very fine. Use your skimming talents and hit at bits and pieces of the daughters' irritating, damaged personality quirks described at the beginning of the story. All you need to know from that section is that the daughters are stilted, there is an emotional void because of their mother's non-mothering, and the father has left them to flail around towards recovery.
Once the mother's story unfolds, it is poetic, tragic and astonishing. The healing at the end is the reward. If you are interested in hidden history and the real people-events in its midst, you will add a pearl to your treasury in hearing this story.
The reader is a treasure as well. She rides the waves of the narrative and takes you along with her. This is the fine music of words and inflection.
Family dynamics. Oops that's only two
yes, i have read several of her books and enjoyed each one.
I was surprised with the actual background of the parents. What an impact it had on the family as a whole and on each individual.
This was a good book, but pretty sad until the "water clears". I will continue to read books from this author.