Yes, but with reservations. This book is compelling and addicting, but painful and gut-wrenching.
The haunting prologue drew me in. I couldn't stop thinking about the green headrag, the year, the handmade shoes or the weight of the body hanging from the large oak tree.
I also loved the carefree moments of riding in the wagon to church.
Both characters were wonderful, but Bahni Turpin created a grounded, loving, adaptable and earnest Belle that I couldn't help but admire and love.
The entire book, from beginning to end, was intensely emotional; I think I had an adrenaline rush throughout the entire thing!
great story did not want to stop listening
I love all of the characters, their wants, short comings. You develop an understanding of theses people and their lives and the choices they make or are forced into.
all of them
yes! I am an audio freak. Audiobooks deals with the "theatre" in your mind...
Gone with the Wind. The slavery aspect was very similar, but more true to life. The author really did her homework.
Well, I don't know who was who, but Belle stood out for me....
I'd call it...."The Kitchen refuge"
I look forward to more audiobooks from Kathleen Grissom. She's really gotten under my skin. Great work!! I highly recommend this listen.
The best book I've listened to so far.
The characters were well defined and the story never got slow or boring.
When Lavinia (Abiniya) is given a handmade doll by "mama."
If I could have, I would have listened from start to finish in one session, but...I need to sleep on ocassion. I will tell you though, this is the first audio book I have finished in 2 days!!
You will not be able to pull yourself away!!!
Nah...but it is an interesting contrast, where there the lives of slaves and indentured servants is seen alongside those of their white "owners". Very lovable and memorable characters. A great story that is not like all the others.
Another reviewer stated it will spoil you for your next read. They were so right. It took me several days before I went on to start another book.
This is definitely a book I would read/listen to again.
I like books that make me think.
I have recommended this book to friends and family alike. I see people reading the book and always ask them what they think. They always respond "I love it." Maybe it was the way the book was told by different perspectives, or the unique relationships formed by their roles in life, under the most stressful of situations, but I enjoy this audiobook over and over again.
I loved the way this small child integrated herself into the world of "house slaves" and how she overcame her life only to become a slave in another way.
I enjoyed the way there were different voices for each character. Other books have the same narrator "try" to perpetrate different characters in a book, but in this book there are two people creating different voices. To me, that is what makes this audio book wonderful.
I resort to this book which at the end of the day. Maybe it's the story line, characters or the narration, but I always have this book on my I-Pod. Just as the stories my mother would read to me at bedtime, I too do find peace in this audio book.
Yes. The story is beautifully written and you just don't want it to end.
It keeps you interested from beginning to end.
These two narrators are the best I have ever heard. Their ability to interpret so many different characters' voices is simply amazing!!!!!
It was like watching a movie in my mind while I listened.
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Say at home mom/ wife.... Children are grown. Have 4 Grandchildren. Like to listen to books while I quilt.
the top #1
the story hooked you from the very beginning
I think the whole book did because it made you think what being a slave was like or could have been.
I loved this story, was glued to it and would listen again. Wonderful if you like learning about families, generations, relationships and humanity in the context of history.