I debated on how many stars to give this book. Just on pure ???listen-ability??? I???d give it 5 stars. The reader was great and the story flowed along just fine. However, the story itself seemed so farfetched to me. How could anyone be so dense as the main character? I also felt that everyone in the book had a stereotypical role to play. The good guys were unbelievably good and the bad, well???. Bad to the bone. The good and the bad seemed to be dependent on the person???s feelings about slavery. The story does take place in the late 1700???s when slavery was socially acceptable. I???m not defending the practice I???m just saying??? the story placed a lot of moral judgment through modern lenses.
My last beef is, and perhaps my greatest, was the ending. Really? After all the emotional investment into Lavinia???s life, the story felt incomplete without more details of her life going forward. There were hints but nothing that felt like a conclusion.
I do crossword puzzles in pen.
The Kitchen House made a great audio book because it was dually narrated. In the book, two characters (a young slave woman, Belle, and the 7-year-old Irish indentured servant girl she is put in charge of, Lavinia), and two different women narrate their respective characters in the audio book. However, both women have great voice acting capabilities and the characters in the book all have their own distinct voices. Though there is a prologue which appears to tell sthe whole story, it goes much deeper.
I AM RETIRED LOVE TO LISTEN TO AUDIBLE BOOKS IN BED . LOVE SEWING,CRAFTS, AND GOING TO CHURCH.
the narrators were great it is a very exciting book they went into detail which made the book exciting
when she was little growing up with mama and papa geroge
they were great very intertaining
couldnt wait ti finish the book which she had more stories of this kind
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me back in time and the narrators brought the characters to life. I recommended it to my family and they loved it too. A book you are sad to have end.
I could not stop listening. This book was so well written that I listened for 10 hours straight. Wonderful writer, I want more and hope that she Follows up with a a sequel. I would love to see the new struggle of Lavinia and Belle now both free and running a plantation.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
I liked the book and the narrators. Long story and I loved listening to this book in my car. Bahni Turpin was awesome as a narrator. Would listen again.
Someone who doesn't read very many books, fiction or nonfiction, that deal with history
yes, not a problem with narration
I would cut every cliched character but in this case that would mean no book.
I bought this after listening to "The Help" but ensemble casting cannot make up for lack of believable characters.
It was an easy listen that I didn't want to end. Characters were so well developed and real. So well written that you felt like you observing the story. What a sad reflection on our country and the reality of the South during that time period.
The tutors part, how sad and real. Ma Betts death.
family, engrossing, heart-wrenching
All of it
It made it clear that you were listening from two very different points of view. Their accents were different, which made it easy to tell when you were switching characters.
There was definitely a lump in my throat when Livia was in trouble, and in the last few sections of the book.
I would very much like to listen to more books like this. I didn't want to stop listening. Excellent book.
Characters were two-dimensional caricatures that failed to arouse sympathy or anger, despite stories that should have generated plenty of emotional response. Bouncing back and forth between the parallel stories was more annoying than enlightening. Frustration finally won out over perseverance, and I gave up trying to listen to the end.
annoyance and frustration