A little over dramatic in areas, but a well written story. The characters are vivid and well described. As you have probably already read that this story was about a about a white Irish orphan girl who grows up on a plantation in the time of slavery. It's about love, hate, death and family. The ending was a bit rushed and maybe a sequel would be in order. Overall, a very good book and well worth the credit and the time. The narrations was very superbly performed.
The was read by the two women beautifully and creatively. Grissom puts you in a whole new time and place as her tails are woven with beautiful detail.
Though it reminded me of a mini series I could've watched when they were the
Belle was my favorite because she had admirable strength. She knew what it took to survive and I love a strong survivalist woman.
Mamma May or Uncle Jacob because they were the ones who would've seen it all, they knew all the secrets of the Big House and though they lived through slavery, they had never ending faith in their individual God, and still found happiness in that life.
I found the story line in this novel to be compelling and realistic from my understanding of the period involved. The performance was excellent and the characters for the most part believable.
It begins and ends at the same spot, and the difference in your own emotions at these two points is dramatic.
I purchased this book on a whim and loved every minute of it! Been searching for books by Kathleen Grissom and are unable to find any! Great listen and the narraters did a wonderful job as well!
Nope. It was recommended by several friends. The story had me hooked from early on. I was interested and invested in the characters. I hated the end. It just felt like it was left undone.
First one I have heard by them and I enjoyed them quite a bit.
One of the best narrations I have ever heard.
The narration was superb. I recognized Bahni Turpin from The Help, and her rich voice depicted all the emotions this story held.
Mama Mae was so strong, so loving, so wise.
I listened to The Help; this story is just as well done. Orlagh Cassidy also does an outstanding job conveying the strength and gentleness of he character.
Belle; she is tough and funny and fierce!
The book was good and the narration was flawless. I don't know if it was the subject matter or the fact that so many bad things happened because of things left unsaid or undone for too long... but this book just left me feeling empty. Happiness was so close and yet so far away and in the end... things worked out but only after so much damage. Interesting story and very unique perspective of the white indentured servant. Heartwrenching tale of the life of the slaves and what they must have endured under good and bad circumstances. Worth the listen but don't expect to smile much.
I only compare it to the help as others did, but it was nothing like The Help. This so far is the best book I have gotten from audible. I can barely put it down. I am not one to enjoy endless description and this book does not have that, the story is excellent. I really recommend this one to those that enjoy stories about The South hundreds of years ago.
I'm a little torn on how I feel about this book. The story itself had me hooked because I couldn't wait to see what happened but at the same time, the story was very depressing! The epilogue explained how much research the author did to get the story right but even with historical accuracy, this story was a series of bad happenings to the lead characters. The performance of the narrators was good but I think I would have interpreted the way things were said a bit differently. The story was good enough to keep me listening but not good enough that I'll recommend a douse of negative/depressing thoughts to my friends.
I prefer stories that make me think positively about the world and that have at least semi-happy endings (and give me good dreams).
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
This is the most emotionally powerful book I have ever read or listened to.
It truly brings the reality of slavery to the foreground. There is not one dull moment in this story. I cried, laughed and could do nothing but listen for 2 days.