I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is a bleak book. While you wait for something, anything, good to happen to these people, it's one horrible injustice after another. It's engaging because of the narration. But, you end up feeling spent.
I have listened to over 250 audible books and this is the first book that has moved me to write a review. I agree with all the accolades this book has received. Yes, there are a few tough scenes but that is what happened during those years of slavery. I would love to see a sequel and a movie should be made. The only criticism I have is that it ended too soon. I wish the author would have extended the story just a little longer. I just finished it and am starting it again.
This is a great book and I could not stop listening but it is a sad story and at times I just wished something would go right rather than one disaster after another. I still recommend it highly and the narration was excellent, I immediately recognized Belle's voice from "The Help"
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
This book is perfect in every way. The narration is spot on, in tone and pace, a match to the depth of the plot. The character development was so expertly accomplished. I cared for each kind character and I truly despised the villains.
I felt that the characters were true to the times and am surprised that some of the reviewers expect the characters to behave as if they were living in this century.
I too loved the ending, it was perfect and am so very glad the author did not go for the obvious, well you know if you read the book. THANK YOU Ms.Grissom, we are ready for your next novel.
This book was so good that when I finished it I started right over and the second time was even better. I caught so much that I missed the first time. The Narrators were excellent and easy to listen to. The biggest problem was I couldn't stop listening. I enjoyed this book as much or more than The Help and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
While some who have reviewed this book describe it as dark and sad, I would suggest that it is profound, moving and merely set in a dark and sad time in our country. Slavery and indentured servitude are themes that may not be easy topics about which to read, but this author and the amazing narrators have created a story that will captivate and engage you.
I found the story to be very moving, at times eliciting a strong emotional response. Who could listen to Lavinia and Belle tell about the events in their lives, both good and bad, without empathy? I could not.
Historical fiction lovers will not want to miss this great novel. It is a story that is at times painful, but always worthy of your time and intellect.
Yes! It's such a great story!
Momma Mae. Her inspired wisdom tendered with compassion warmth and strength is so embraceable. But...all the characters are unique. Good or bad, they're there with each facet clearly reflecting their well developed characters.
Rankin...so I could poison him.
Loved every minute of this book. Everyone should read this book. What's not to love! If I could give it 10 stars I would.
I was so happy to find this book as it reminded me of 'The Help.' Another book about slavery in the South but a twist not in 'The Help' which is a white endentured slave. Again a glimpse in how life was back then for all involved: white children with tutors, tutors with not so good intentions, ranch hands, the black families that worked with the white family and how the black families/slaves cared for their masters and also themselves. Gilimpses of unresolved anger and rage as well as the sweet glimpse of understanding another's pain. If you liked 'The Help' I believe you will like 'The Kitchen House'
Dont read this expecting a light or easy listen! It was one crisis after another, one tragedy after another... After awhile, you could predict what was going to happen. I am sure it was historically accurate and the writing was good. However, Lavinia, one of the main characters, had to be the densest woman ever- even by late 18th- early 19th century standards. I guess I wasn't expecting to listen to so much angst driving home in traffic after a bad day at work.
This book shows that slavery comes in many forms. Indentured servants, slaves and even wives who find out their husbands are not what they thought and end up in a marriage where they are less free than many slaves. In the 1700s, on a Virginia tobacco plantation, a young Irish immigrant girl finds herself living among African American slaves who become her family. They run the "Kitchen House" and serve the people in the "big" house. She eventually lives in the big house herself but finds she is closer to a slave when living in the big house as a "free" woman than she was when living with the African Americans in the kitchen house. Great listen, plenty of action and very good narration.