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It was a great book and narration was amazing! I really enjoyed this audio book!
I chose this book on the heels of listening to The Help. I was looking for more of that southern flavor and the insider's look at slaves and slave ownership. This book is often not pretty and you had an understanding that not only were the slaves abused, but the owners were often abused as well.
So many things come to mind when you listen. It makes you think about what would not be tolerated in today's world. The characters in the story are often victims of what others want, need and expect. Well worth the listen, though you will wish for a bit more at the end.
After listening to The Help on audio I was in search for another great listen. Then I found- The Kitchen House. I tentatively purchased this audiobook unsure what I was getting into.Consequently I fell in love with it! The characters and their story were so engulfing & interesting. I didn't want to stop listening when I pulled into my driveway or after my run. I became so attached to all the characters and the narrating was so wonderful as was Ms. Grissom's story. I highly recommend this audio, especially if you liked The Help.
Wow, so many great reviews but I have to disagree with most. Come on now, every day brought more doom and gloom. Really takes itself too seriously for my taste. Braver than Scarlet ? Not a chance, and absolutely no fun to read. I did finish it though.
I saw reviews that said this book is similiar to The Help. I must disagree as the Kitchen House is soo much more deeper and a totally different plot in this story versus The Help. Kitchen House went into the nitty-gitty about how slaves were treated but also the bond of the characters were so touching. I like the way the book toggled from Levania to Belle and I enjoyed the journey of the characters, my best character was Mama Mae (hated what happened to her). There was a lot of tragedy, loss, rape, etc. in this book) and The Help had NONE of that. I love The Help (book and movie) but this book has more substance.
This story is very fresh in its choice of viewpoint. It gives voice to individuals who might easily have been overlooked or stereotyped. Some of the people in power are miserable, while the powerless find true happiness, while remaining painfully, even catastrophically, vulnerable. Many interesting characters, both likeable and unlikeable, are developed fully over time, in all of their strength, weakness and human enigma. If you enjoy rich character development, this is the story for you. I must admit it made me cry quite a few times, so I'm glad I was alone when listening. Altogether a great book and well worth listening to in this lovely reading!
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I really thought I was going to love this book, and at first, I did. I couldn't wait to listen to it in the car. However, somewhere 1/2 way to 3/4 into the book, just as things were really changing for Lavinia, it felt rushed. Descriptions and character development was strong in the beginning, but became lackluster by the end. I cared a lot for Lavinia in the beginning, but found myself caring less as the story progressed. The Author took her time and care at the start, then rushed through the story. It was a good story, good concept, good read. But I couldn't shake the feeling of disappointment. It has nothing to do with the actual story ending. So I give it 3 1/2 starts.