I'm an avid book listener, and this is one of the good ones. The story and the narration are outstanding. It gripped me from the first words and held my interest until the fateful end. Loved it!
What began as an interesting story slowly evolved into a predictable and trite novel. Young Lavinia showed promise to become a strong individual, but as the story matured, Lavinia became weaker and weaker until I lost all sympathy for her. The slaves are the strength of this story.
I absolutely loved this book. Ms. Grissom made each character come to life and I was hooked from the beginning. If you love historical based fiction you won't find a better book. I didn't want this book to end and I can't wait for another from this author.
I so enjoyed this story! I usually listen in the car to and from work, but this was one I had trouble leaving in the garage. I could not stop listening. The characters draw you in to their world, and I felt connected to them. I did not think it was sad. The story is told so well that you really do feel for these characters, their happiness and sadness. Naration was great, I will definitely listen again. Wish the author would write a sequel and continue this great story!
I loved the way the story was told through two points of veiw. The voices were pleasant and I loved the accents. This book is definately worth the listen- loved it!
Enjoyed having the two narrators and hearing Belle brought back memories of another great book..."The Help".
I just finished listening to this book this morning and it has left me perplexed about myself. I'm not sure why I read this book as it is full of sorrows and tribulations and only after everything has been distroyed, and seemingly all hope lost, do you find the small redeeming value hidden in the last 7 minutes of the book. Is that enough? Or did I just torture myself for days for nothing more then the awakening of my mind to the sickening reality of what slaves suffered by the hands of their masters?
I decided to read it in the first place because one reviewer said it was better then The Help, which I loved! To me, The Help balanced the pain and reality with hilarious and touching moments. The Kitchen House concentrated mostly on the dark, corrupt, and perverted. The plot captured my attention, and the book is well written as it draws you into love or hate each character. For now I remain undecided whether I should recommend this book for anything other then the great narration.
Read at your own risk.
Very interesting. Made you want to keep listening although it is definitely a sad and touching novel. Not a good choice if you are looking for something light-hearted. Excellent narration.
Was it believable? I dont know. Do I care? No! Great story, found novel quite interesting, I couldn't put it down.
Loved this book! After looking for a follow up to "The Help" I really enjoyed listening to this book and certainly have recommended it to my friends!