I don't have children, or a husband (yet), but I can definitely say that this story turns the routine tasks of daily life into something so much more. The narrator is great and she gives memorable personality to each character that lingers in your ears long after you've stopped listening. To be honest, the first half of the book made me wonder - where is the climax- but then it happens - wham - and you are grateful for all the buildup. The story moves gracefully through love, tragedy, and friendship in a way that fills the gaps of those things we think but don't know quite how to say. Finally, the last thing I'll say, for those drama lovers, the ones that tear up in movies and can't wait for the next good one to come out - give this book a go!
I love Anna Quindlen's writing. So I was a bit disappointed when the beginning of the book dragged. I got it very early that the family's life was pretty average; it didn't need to take the entire Part 1. Once things started happening though, Quindlen's writing became "hers" again.
What a wonderful book. Sad, but not depressing and a tribute to the human spirit. Beautifully written and read. I would highly recommend this book.
This is the first audible book that I have listened to that had me literally in tears. Quindlen has captured most of her characters beautifully - especially the children and their relationship to their mother and to each other as well as the main character and narrator - Mary Beth. The author's use of language and dialog is spot on. It is also one of the saddest stories that will stay with me for a long time. Hope Davis was an excellent narrator. I very highly recommend this if you enjoy poignant, human and tragic tales.
About an hour into this book, I was just on the verge of thinking it was too slow and the detail and minutiae of the Latham's life, which at first seemed like I was hearing every single day of it, was a bit too much. I was wrong- these details pull you into their lives, you become familiar with this family and you care about the characters by knowing so much about them. This knowing the rhythm and routine makes the event in the middle of the book devastating. I wanted the book to end differently, even though I knew that given the events that occurred, a happy ending wasn't possible. The characters are well written and defined as individuals, and Hope Davis gives them voice through her excellent reading. I highly recommend this book.
Gripping. Didn't miss a word. She really gets the human emotions. Great listen. Please get this book, it won't disappoint.
What a great book! It was so well written and the narrator, Hope Davis was so good.
The story took me completely off guard! I highly recommend this one. I haven't downloaded any books by this author before, but I am about to.
This is a very very depressing book, brought tears more than once, and made life around me very gray. I have teenagers and I found myself hovering a bit and challenging a number of decisions the main character makes. She's a lot like a lot of us who are middle class moms, at least until you dig a little deeper.
Anyway, if you like sad and emotional, this is a five-star book, well written and well read. Quindlen is a master at character development but a bit short on plot.
I thought the book was boring at first, then I realize the techniques the author was using; building schema and providing great visualization before leading up to the climax. Once I got to the climax, I could'nt put the book down. It was like a craving to see how the story ends after a major event. Great author; she had me captured and I'm a hard to please critic.
Margaret in the Mountains
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narrator. It seemed to take a long time to get to the critical event in the book, but the author used that time to paint an in-depth portrait of each character and to make me love Mary Beth's family. Be prepared for enormous sorrow and many triumphs. I particularly enjoyed Hope Davis's narration. It was masterful.