Someone who doesn't read very many books, fiction or nonfiction, that deal with history
yes, not a problem with narration
I would cut every cliched character but in this case that would mean no book.
I bought this after listening to "The Help" but ensemble casting cannot make up for lack of believable characters.
It was an easy listen that I didn't want to end. Characters were so well developed and real. So well written that you felt like you observing the story. What a sad reflection on our country and the reality of the South during that time period.
The tutors part, how sad and real. Ma Betts death.
family, engrossing, heart-wrenching
All of it
It made it clear that you were listening from two very different points of view. Their accents were different, which made it easy to tell when you were switching characters.
There was definitely a lump in my throat when Livia was in trouble, and in the last few sections of the book.
I would very much like to listen to more books like this. I didn't want to stop listening. Excellent book.
Characters were two-dimensional caricatures that failed to arouse sympathy or anger, despite stories that should have generated plenty of emotional response. Bouncing back and forth between the parallel stories was more annoying than enlightening. Frustration finally won out over perseverance, and I gave up trying to listen to the end.
annoyance and frustration
I enjoyed the story and development of the characters. I just could not finish the book. Every white person was mean and ignorant. Every slave was wise and faithful. At least that was the way up to the part when I put it aside.
World Without End and Pillars of the Earth
This book is a must read. I am usually a modern detective fan but two of my favorite books are The World Without End and Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I enjoyed those historical fiction stories so much that when I read the description of this book, I thought I would give it a shot. I was immediately hooked and could not put it down.
I found myself quickly falling in love with the two main characters and on the edge of tears more than once. There are some very disturbing events that take place in this story, but it was the reality of the time. If you listen to this book you will find yourself cheering on the main characters. You will also be waiting with bated breath for the next paragraph throughout the story.
reviews for fun
Kathleen Grissom wrote a wonderful story of a difficult time in this country's history. She did a superb job of presenting her characters with such warmth. I loved the good in the characters she wrote about but she also depicted the evil in some people of that era. Both narrators were excellent. I had hoped for a different ending for one of the characters. The book was well done from beginning to end.
The narration by two different people gave a unique view of the story.
On a couple of accasions I found myself yelling "Don't do that" at my car radio. Such was my absorption with this book. When it was all over I realized that to be that involved with the charecters is the mark of a great book. The narration was spot on and I recommend this book without reservation.
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I really enjoyed this book. The character developement was amazing! You really end up feeling as though you know the characters & you feel their joys and pains. I'll be listening to this one again.
Yes, but with reservations. This book is compelling and addicting, but painful and gut-wrenching.
The haunting prologue drew me in. I couldn't stop thinking about the green headrag, the year, the handmade shoes or the weight of the body hanging from the large oak tree.
I also loved the carefree moments of riding in the wagon to church.
Both characters were wonderful, but Bahni Turpin created a grounded, loving, adaptable and earnest Belle that I couldn't help but admire and love.
The entire book, from beginning to end, was intensely emotional; I think I had an adrenaline rush throughout the entire thing!