56 year old working wife, mother and grandmother.
I wish I could write a review as good as this book was. It was realistic and believable. There was something new happening consistently throughout the book. I am telling all my friends to read or listen to this. The narrators were superb. It is so thrilling to listen to a book that you just can't put down. I have read very few books over again but I do believe this will be added to my list.
Interesting, moving, informative.
Fantastic read. I could feel the emotion in the characters.
Not an extreme reaction. Did move me.
What a wonderful and realistic book! The author made you feel like you were there. I connected with the characters and didn't want it to end... they had become my friends.
When Mama May was hanged... I felt like I was standing there and I had such an chilling sad feeling!
Fantastic readers... captured every moment with their voices!
I would not change one thing about the book.
I am hoping for a sequel!
The book illustrated life in a southern plantation from many perspectives ... using the voice of Lavinia and Belle. It portrayed good and evil in those on both sides of the fence.
The book needed both characters. Both women grew and changed over the course of the book. I cannot choose a favorite.
Papa and Mama.
I appreciated that though dark events occurred, I was not presented with a graphic description of each as is so common in today's literature. I had no problem visualizing all the events of the book, giving credit to the author and her use of words to create word pictures.
Rural Mail Carrier with an awesome husband and 3 fantastic kids!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book....from the story to the characters to the narration. I'm a Rural Mail Carrier and listen while I run my route, so there are often quite a few things going on while I listen. Oftentimes, I find my mind wandering and need to rewind to relisten, but not so with this story. It held me captivated from start to finish. The African American voices were spot on. I felt a kindship and a compassion with the characters and truely felt transported back to a different time.
Yes....it was an inclusive story through the eyes of luvenia....the writer did capture the helpless position of the black male in those dark days....
Mama Mae.....she was strong and nurturing...she was the solid rock foundation.
I did enjoy them...I found the "he said, she said" references a bit distracting at first but then came to ignore them....this was not a negative on their performance as it is a critique of the writing....
I felt sad and the extreme helplessness of all the characters....none of the people on the plantation had any power over their circumstance....the white plantation owner was too prone to leave most decisions in the hand of the mean and wicked men they placed in charge of the fields......and i was very rudely awakened to the vulnerability of the women when I realized venia could be placed in a mental hospital ...purely on her husbands request ....
I actually looked forward to getting in the car and hitting the highway at commute time. This was such a good story. The sincerity of the relationships and the commitment to family was just beautiful. In such a difficult way of living, the characters were dedicated to help one another get through every challenge their situation presented them.
Wonderful, captivating, beautiful
It tells a story in a period of time that is real and you know this type of story can be told in many forms by so many during that time.
I really loved them both for the way they eloquently told the story through the two different sets of eyes. They voices were wonderful.
I listened to it as often and for as long as I could every day. I very often looked for an excuse to be alone and listen to the story.
I wish the tale continued. The end brought it all together, but I loved it so much I didn't want it to end.
Heart wrenching entertainment.
Great book. A very different look at life during those times. The author did an amazing job of writing complex, lovable and realistic characters that pulled you in. She was detailed and painted a vivid pictures of slavery,family love relationships and loss. I can't wait for the movie.
Reading is the cheapest ticket to a journey in another place and time. Where you can observe peoples deepest thoughts and aspirations.
The narrators were excellent bouncing between the two different characters making them come alive.
Two of my favorite characters were Belle and Mama Mae. How could you not fall in love with such strong ladies. Even Lavinia you fall in love with when she is little and hope threw out the book that she finds her voice.
Everything about thier voices made thier characters so indearing.
Yes, but at the same time it covers a lot of heavy subjects so I needed a break so not to be depressed by the hardship and dispair that characters face.
A must read for any American history buff.