Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!
A better storyline.
I agree with one of the other reviewers- this book is a total downer and the protagonist Lavinia has to be one of THE dumbest women ever conceived in literature. I can handle a sad book, but this was just overkill. I didn't think the writing was very good, nor the story. I could sort of see where the author was going with things, but it just kept going downhill. The story got sadder and sadder, and weirder and weirder. The book ended, and I was confused and annoyed.
This is nothing like the Help- sorry for anyone who thought that, but really?? No way.
I listen to audiobooks when I walk and this book was so good it made me walk longer than I normally would! I didn't want it to end.
Maybe after some time.
No but will in the future.
Could not wait till I could listen more as this part of our history needs to be never forgotten.
I loved big momma best cause she had so much love and tenderness for everyone even when the person getting the love doesn't recognise it,
Belle and Big momma. they felt like people I know or ones that are no longer here. I felt like I was hearing a part of my family history. They had so much passion for family and what was right and good even when they were treated badly.
I listened to the Help and both performances were awesome. Felt like I was sitting in her livingroom with her telling me this story
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I do believe that slaves were treated by some just as the book descibed, no argument there. However, it was just insane the continued bad luck of everyone, not only the slaves but the masters'. They were total incompetents and I just can't believe that a family that put something together like that would lose it all in less than a generation. Its an interesting story but it's not that great.
The performance of the narrators was wonderful. The story is engrossing and moving, but very tragic. The characters are so enduring and the many struggles and atrocities they suffer were at times difficult to get through. An excellent listen, with strong characters and a well paced story- I could have wished for a happier ending, but the story ends as it was written throughout; with a strong bite of reality. I thoroughly enjoyed this audible book.
The beauty of the family bond that the Kitchen House family lovingly gave to Lavinia, despite the fact that she truly could never be on of them and the loyalty and love Lavinia returned to them.
The climax was moving- almost to the point of being overwhelming. Especially as I realized that we had reached the prologue and knew then, with goose bumps on my arms, that it was Mama Mae on that hill.
I felt a lot of frustration towards the characters- that if anyone could have been more direct and honest, so many of their troubles could have been avoided. If Lavinia had known from Belle and Mama Mae that Marshall had fathered Jamie, she never would have mistakenly trusted and later married him. Lavinia sometimes infuriated me with what Mama called her
A wonderful read (er- listen.) I could have strangled someone when Will was coming to Williams berg to court Lavinia, and gave up so easily, but I'll get over it. :)
This is the way I like to learn history: as collateral to an engrossing story. I am counting on the author's research in this. The lives of slaves in the 18th century South were depicted realistically, showing how the arbitrary and sometimes brutal decisions by their masters affected individuals and families. However, even kind, well-meaning masters provided an existence for their slaves that severely limited self-expression and growth. All this was wound around the life of an Irish orphan girl's experiences as an indentured servant and her eventual development into a free woman. Most of the characters were well developed, interesting, and very human. A few peripheral characters who were, however, essential to the story, were a little fuzzy. The readers were outstanding and made the story come to life. I enjoyed this book a lot AND feel that I learned a lot. What a deal!
I've just gotten hooked on audio book this last year & I love them. Now I can "read" a book & do other things like walk or hobbies.
I am picky so trust me when I tell you this is a great book that you will not be able to quit listening to. It is a great story, well written, very well performed and the historical part very informative. I loved it. You will love the narrators.
I am recommending this book to everyone I know. I got so involved in this book, that when I stopped for a time I felt like I was literally coming up for air. I was so involved in the story, for a few days after I finished it, it was about all I could think about.
Mama Mae--her love and wisdom was the heart of this story.
I read The Help, and it said they narrated it.
I think it would have to be Mama Mae. If anyone deserves a time away from her work, it's her.
Well written, well developed characters, great story. You really feel the emotions of the characters, and the dilemmas of living during slavery, for BOTH blacks and whites.