Because if you do, this book will not help you at all. There is not one uplifting thing to be found. Full of cliches and a predictable story line of a typical southern plantation. It makes you wonder how many bad things can happen to one group of people without going insane? Apparently this family can take much more than I ever could because it's one bad thing, over and over and over again. Just when you think something good is coming...guess what? Bam. Bad. The main character must have hit her head on a rock or something because she's as stupid as a rock. I found myself yelling out loud towards the end of the book. Skip it unless you want to be depressed.
This book is just plain better than even the best reviews. Hope to get my hands on more material this good. This reading made the book 3 D.
This story grabbed me from the beginning. Well researched,well written. I appreciated the depiction of the complexity of the lives of slaves at that time. This story allows for the inherent intelligence and wisdom of people who were not afforded the opportunity to become formally educated, as well as the conflicts within the white family members who were caught between the social mores and their true emotional reaction to the treatment of the slaves.
The voices of both readers were delightful to listen to.
I enjoyed this book and the narrator added tremendously to the experience! It was a good story that kept me engaged in the plot although I began talking to the characters about half-way into the book - wondering why they had to keep everything such a big secret! But I guess that is what keeps the story moving through to the end. This story provides a glimpse into one of America's not so great historical aspects....
The Kitchen House is a powerful novel that reminds the listener of the horrors of slavery in the south. The beauty, romance and glory of Gone with the Wind isn't realty. Kathleen Grissom does an excellent job of conveying that to the reader in her beautifully written account of life on a plantation as experienced by the slaves. Yes, it is a difficult listen at times but I found the courage of the workers in the Kitchen house to be uplifting and inspiring. I feel, The Kitchen House, is a must listen for all American's as it serves as a reminder of our past and offers an opportunity for each of us to count our blessings for the freedoms we embrace today thanks, in part, to those that suffered and shed blood on the rich soil of the old south.
This story provides the usual life on a southern plantation. The characters are strong and yes predictable but the family relationships provide a unique twist. This is a novel, which I would happily read again.
What a wonderful story told by two great narrators...really enjoyed that the story was told through the two different voices.
I loved this book! Narration is excellent. absolutely could not wait to get back to it and hear what happened to the characters next. This author gets you to know and care about each and every person in the story.
This book captures your attention from the first chapter and you find yourself wanting to know more about each of the characters. Highly recommended. Would love a follow-up book finding out more details of the characters lives.