I really wanted to like this book, but found the story line and characters predictable and unremarkable. The central character, an Irish girl who ends up being raised by slaves on a tobacco plantation in post Revolutionary War south, is likeable, but lacks depth as a character. All the other characters are equally shallow and stereotypical. The plot is unsurprising as well.
However, if you're looking for good narration, Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin do a first class job and their voices were the only thing that kept me listening to the end.
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This book really draws you in, and the narrators are awesome. I highly recommend this book.
This book was superbly written and excellently narrated. My interest was kept the whole way through the story. The characters were believable, and the narrators each had a unique voice that was believable and consistent. I was particularly impressed with their abilities to switch between several different vernaculars and tones. I highly suggest purchasing this book.
A heart wrenching story. Life was hard and often sad in those days. I felt that the true meaning of family was portrayed beautifully and the narrators made the story come alive. I highly recommend it.
Just a great story. Excellent character development and I just couldn't wait to get back to them. I enjoy time period novels espeically about our dark history of slavery. The story drew me in and I was sorry when iit ended. Well worth the credit!
Fantastic, wonderful, heartbreaking, frustrating,there aren't enough adjectives to express how good this book was. I have listened to some exceptional audiobooks and this one is in the top two. The narrators truly brought this story to life. Like 'The Help' -- I couldn't stop listening. Tears streamed down my face for the last hour of the book as I stayed up until 1am listening (working with just 4 hours of sleep now because of it). I just couldn't stop. Do yourself a favor and listen. You won't regret it. Kathleen Grissom is a wonderful story teller and I'm looking forward to seeing what else I can find that she has written.
Dynamic and moving. The characters were believable and one could connect with them. Good history through the eyes of common people. I recommend.
This book is in my top 3 recommended audio books. It was like watching a movie in my mind - the characters were so real and brought to life through exellent narrations. The story is set in the late 1700's and progresses through the early 1800's. The story is told through the eyes of Lavinia and Belle (two different narrators)......the lives they lead, the differences between the lives of the slaves and owners, the shallowness and carlessness of the owners, the family love in the lives of the slaves, the results of secrets kept..... all brought to life. I didn't want the story to end and feel like 'friends' were ripped away from me. Hopefully the author Kathleen Grissom will write a sequel, showing more of Lavinia's life. GET THIS BOOK..... YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!!!!
The only similarity I found between this book and The Help (which I loved) is that the story is told in first person by two characters, one white woman and one black. The story of Kitchen House was interesting, but the quality of writing and character development in this book were mediocre at best.