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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.
I prefer the audio version, as the characters speak, you can feel the pain and anguish they feel, and the joy also. This was such an awful time in american history, but the strength and perserverence these characters show is a tribute to the human spirit. This was an excellent audiobook, and I listen to a lot of them. I recommend it 100%.
I liked Belle, she was spunky, but also fragile. She was a fighter, and had her heart broken more than once. Lavinia was great, but I didn't like how weak she was in her marriage.
I can't pick just one!
Yes, and I would love to see another one, continuing on in their lives.
"The Kitchen House" is a story that makes you laugh and weep for its amazing characters. Kathleen Grissom has created a story that tugs at your heartstrings. Amazing...
Very good performance. The main character Lavinia is a young, orphaned Irish girl who becomes an indentured white servant on a slave plantation. The layers of society and class around her are difficult for her to grasp. She loves without the boundaries demanded by the existing social and moral codes. Failing to understand, much less follow, those codes is her undoing, or perhaps her undoing is inevitable. Decent story, but at times the main character's failure to grasp reality is grating. I liked Lavinia more at the start than at the end, but maybe her character was intended to be an empty vessel to convey you on a frustrating voyage to understand the depravity engendered when one person owns another.