This was a good listen, but at times you just wanted to reach in there and tell the woman that she needed to "Run, Save yourself!"
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I enjoyed this story, it wasn't great but it was good. The characters were well drawn but I never REALLY cared about any of them. Perhaps this was the narration, I am not sure, but I tend to think it is the writing. But it for all of that I enjoyed the story in the vain of most family sagas.
The narrator is the worst, he makes listening difficult due to his very blase flat affect voice.
This, combined with a depressing story in the first place, calls for negative emotional reaction. On the flip side, since the book causes such an emotional reaction, does that make it a good book?
I was excited to hear a great historical fiction account and got that, but also bummed out. I like to listen on the way to work and this book does not start my day out on a positive foot. I am likely not going to finish this book, and should actually return it.
I give audible.com five stars for their return policy.
I always try to finish what I start; I've suffered through many books that were just OK. After eight (yes eight) hours with this, I had to give up. It is just so dull that I just couldn't bear the thought of another seventeen (yes, seventeen) hours more. Audible, if you are reading this, how about a "mercy credit" for effort?
None-they were all intertwined.
This was an unremarkable story about an unremarkable family, saved only by the narrator who did his best to save the story.
What a good story! I had no idea this was written in 1943, so I read an OLD BOOK without even knowing it. It was so timeless even though the setting was clearly from the turn of the 20th century to about the mid 1930s. I liked the characters. The headline is the question I found myself asking repeatedly throughout the story. Bo perpetually found himself in one predicament after another, and pretty soon I started saying, "Whatcha gonna do now, Bo?" I wanted him to straighten out and live right so bad, for the sake of his family, but no. Bo was all about Bo.
The audio performance was very nicely done.
The reason I didn't give The Big Rock Candy Mountain 5 stars is because of all the psychoanalysis toward the end of the book. That did become tiresome, and occasionally I found myself saying, "Aw, [Chet or Bruce], get over it already!" So since that droned on for too long, I became restless during those parts.
At any rate, if you like an adventurous saga about a family with the leading man who has to get rich quick and how the family copes with this lifestyle then take some time to listen to The Big Rock Candy Mountain.
I love where the story went--glad I kept listening. Enjoyed learning about this era and in this part of the country. Not generally a history buff, but take my word for it that you will enjoy going back to the early 1900's. The characters and the relationships are timeless. You will be drawn into their lives and their incredible story. I will read more of this author's books; mixed in with my romance novels and murder mysteries which are my usual fare.
This is a western romance without rose colored glasses, it is not about sweet. The writing is fantastic...sit back and hear another persons life laid bare. Stegner unveils the West and grounds it. The reader never got in the way of the writing.
Didn't know it was a autobiograpy until read. Makes it even more memorable when you know this is his own story. Enjoyed it immensely.
A story spanning a lifetime during the years of prohibition, the characters in this story come alive as Stegner writes about them. As one listens, you feel like you are living along with them. This novel makes one think about what makes a person good or bad, and whether certain characteristics of a person lean them in one direction or the other.
A long novel, but to me it didn't seem repetitive or longer than it needed to be to outline and fill in the story line.
An excellent listen, performed well by the narrator.