NO, it had me depressed.
Yes I am a fan of her's but this is not one of those.
I have always love Stina's narration, one of the best.
Yes, the ending left you hanging.
I was so dissapointed with the main character, Marta. I wanted to scream at her. She began in the beginning of the story taking control of her dear husband, having her own way.
Then the way she treated her daughter made me so angry. She belittled everything Hilda did, I wanted to slap her. She was combatant, angry, hatefull, and just plain mean the whole story.I found myself yelling at her to behave. Then the ending........Bad!
Depressing story with no "happy" ending.
Yes. I've "read" other books by Ms. Rivers and found them excellent.
Performance by Stina sounded like someone who was "just reading the book" to be reading it aloud. No emotion or expression. No attempt at making the characters sound different from each other. JUST READING on and on!
Sadness and anger at Marta's attitude toward her family, husband, and unequal manner in which she treated her daughter. I kept waiting for her to realize what she's done to her daughter but only the last 30 minutes seemed to indicate a change was taking place. I felt extreme pity for this woman who felt she was doing the right thing in such a wrong way!
I kept waiting for something to happen in the book but it just kept going and going and going with no real conclusion. Very disappointing.
The narrator, Stina Nielsen, is fabulous at bringing the characters alive and giving a unique voice to each one. I was surprised Francine River's character development of Marta, but it made the book all the more interesting. I cannot wait to listen to the next book in the series, I am buying it now!
Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer
One of my favorite things to do is clean counters of the week's clutter - Many times as I plan the week ahead and straighten the house it becomes mindless organizing…..At those times, there is nothing like a good audio book to keep me invigorated.
You can always count on Francine Rivers to build an interesting plot - she is excellent at describing the life style of her characters bringing in current historical events and how they affect the protagonist. Francine Rivers is able to create a plot involving many people and it becomes a web of personalities that the listener is either fond of or filled with disgust.
Francine always gives the listener people, places and experiences that one can connect to. Yes - possibly more women than men. I highly recommend her books.
Hilde Mara Rose
This is the second Francine Rivers book I have listened to. She is a compelling writer, I have enjoyed this book and I am about to start book 2 . Francine Rivers keeps your interest, draws you into the story as an observer, and instills emotion. The actors do a wonderful job of bringing the characters off the page and into the room with you.
Christian Wife and Mother
For me it started off slow and sometimes I couldn't see the connection between the middle aged character and who they were in their youth but in the end it made more sense. There was plenty of wisdom shared through the characters and very thought provoking even if your own family history doesn't compare at all. Overall it was excellent and made me think about the last 100 years or so in general and in a more personal way. Excellent narration too! So glad I was able to listen to it! I don't know where I would have found the time to read it myself.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
Hmmm...kind of disappointed with this one. I had high hopes really seeing a mother/daughter relationship. Also God was not really present in this one, like her other books. I will continue to read the second/last book just to see how it ends.
Love, sorrow, endearment
When Hildy was born.
It would have to be when Marta took the Hilda past the house that burned down and told her to not remember the bad but remember only the good memories that came from that home and the people that had previously lived there.
I cried many times as I felt I was really there while reading it.
Francine Rivers has kept true to her writing and has given us another exceptional story. You can not go wrong with any of her books.
She flowed so nicely through the generations of women. I loved the story. Parts 1 and 2 weren't enough. I wanted MORE. I was so involved in the character's lives.. I cried many tears throughout the 2 books!!