We would rank it an 8 out 10..
The era and the whole slave experiences were a new awareness to how the black people werertreated and loved by their masters.
We enjoy the use of different readers during the book...it really helps to allow the mind to create a picture of the person speaking.
I love the name The Kitchen House! That is what drew me to it...human interest story with historical lesson included.
This was only the 2nd book on tape (i put on my ipod) and I have yet to find another to compare! Intense story...but so so so amazing....highly recommend!!!!
The only other so far that I loved as much...would be The Help!
The Kitchen House is the perfect name...
WOW that is hard to say but there was a lot going on and the book moved me.
The way it depicted the difference in the lives of the help and the owners, we I HOPE have grown more then it was back then
The whole book was very good so the whole story was something I wanted to keep on reading but alas sleep won out...hahaha
Wife, mom, full-time employee, food blogger... reading is my addiction. I love audible books during my commutes and doing chores!
The narrator did a great job. The story grabbed my interest from the beginning, but I have to say that this isn't the most uplifting story of all time. In fact, there were times I struggled through getting past all the cruelty. You can't wear rose colored glasses, while reading this book, because the story didn't end as I had hoped it would. I won't give it away, but at the very end I found myself wishing things would tie up neatly-- and more happily. Overall, I liked Lavinia's character, her strength and integrity.
The story was well laid out, the characters developed very well. Yet it was set up after set up. There would be a soft portion then wham! you're hit again with another deep tragedy. The narrator spoke increasingly in a monotone, as though even she didn't dare to let the mood rise for too long. I began to think this was book of sadness for sadness's sake. The relentless sadness didn't seem to support the difficulty of the character's lives. The sadness became an overshadowing reality that no matter how well a character met her or his challenges, and they did often meet their challenges, never had a chance to overcome the veil. I would not recommend this book.
A whole other view of Southern history - that of the indentured, white servant. Learned a little, laughed a little, cried a little. Excellent story.
I actually listened to it in only two sittings. I had a long drive, and it took the time up for both legs of the trip. made the 12 hour journey fly by.
The story did keep my interest, and the narrators are excellent. However, I just couldn't help being irritated with this self-absorbed white girl. She watches as people she loves are tortured, slaves with no hope of freedom, yet she whines about the expectations put on her because she is white! Then she acts shocked by the violence every time, as if it had never happened before. I did keep listening and wanted to know what happened, but Lavinia's naivete and self-absorption made her an unlikeable narrator.
This is a bodice ripper, - very overdone and annoying, cloying, and not a little racist. You have the saint/Mammy character who can do no wrong, you have the Evil One and his drunken cohort, damaged by his tutor and becomes All Bad; you have the protagonist unaccountably ending up a Victim, you have the other narrator, the quintessential strong-willed but beautiful-hearted Slave, you have the good white man next door, etc, etc. The characters have no nuance, they are so heavily drawn, and separated into goodies and baddies. Historical novels are my favorite reading at this point, but not this book. This is not good writing, save yourself the time, for something wonderful!
I just finished it and I am listening for the second time already.
I enjoyed the way the author took care to develop each character slowly. I enjoyed watching them grow up.
It' s difficult to choose just one. They were all so vivid and descriptive.
The name if perfect!
Beautifully written! I am trying to find another one her books.