It was too predictable.
The Lavinia reader was nauseating.
This story was really predictable. I agree with the reviewer who found Lavinia to be the densest of women, even by 18th century standards. The reader playing her started to wear on me. After listening, I'm surprised by the high reviews, I found it to be nothing special.
While somewhat similar but not as good as "The Help" it was a good book and I enjoyed reading it..
Say something about yourself!
Many reviewers have compared this book with "The Help" although the only thing it has in common with that wonderful book is the broad subject matter of indentured servitude/slavery. This book takes a more stark view of the characters' oppressed lives than does "The Help," but without the raw brutality and cruelty described in "Roots."
Throughout the story, one never feels that the protagonists will see a positive outcome as no part of their lives is under their own control — a condition pervasive during this time period for not only slaves but, to a lesser degree, women.
I felt the characters lacked depth: The "good guys" are so predictably good and the "bad guys" are so predictably bad that it became a little too easy to anticipate the next turn of the continually anxiety-ridden events.
Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin were excellent and breathe life into their characters. For me, they made the difference between a mediocre and a good listen.
While I would recommend this book for the great narration and a story that seems historically accurate and interesting, don't download it if you are expecting the light-handed and humorous approach with which oppression is treated in "The Help."
Yes I would recommend this amazing audio book. Be prepared to be unable to stop listening. The story could be predictable but the way the author writes it it isn't. The suspense will carry you from page to page and you will be torn at the end, wanting to know how it ends but dreading it. The characters are well developed and become friends that you will want to keep around.
The animation is wonderful and their narration brings each of the characters to life in a special way. The first time I tried to listen to it I did not really get into it and was disappointed that I had purchased it. However the second time I was hooked from the very beginning. I knew that I would love Ms. lavinia's voice and her slight hint of an Irish accent.
I had not heard of this book but it was selected for me by Audible.com as a book I might like based on my reading preferences. i am extremely grateful that they did.
The kitchen House rates right up there with The Help, Saving Ceecee Honeycutt, and Secret Life of Bees.
What I loved best about this story...is that it felt as though I was listening to a mini series. Unbelievable story. There were times when I was on the edge of my seat!
I love Bahni Turpin in The Help...and she was even better in this book. She made her character of Belle...so real. And I love Orlagh Cassidy. First time I've heard her. She changes her voice so well.
Momma May was the most memorable character because of how nurturing she was and so accepting to Lavinia.
Such a good book. Very real.....at times, gutt wrenching to listen to...but you just can't stop..because if you do...you will miss how it ends. Not very many books that are good like that. :)
High, but the constant misfortune for the characters made for a frustrating but powerful story. I still enjoyed it very much.
The narraters were so talented. I have listed to Bahni Turpin a few times before, I adore her. Orlagh Cassidy also blew me away.
Yes. Great characters, wonderful story development, lots of twists.
Yes. It is at least as good.
I very much appreciated the author's comments at the end and her development of the story. I am sad to have it over!
The character development inside what certainly is a historically interesting tale was painfully shallow. While this story did portray the plight of the human situation, it did so with characters largely devoid of the human spirit. This is as certain a disservice to the slaves, women, amd masters of the era as iit is to the reader today.
Disappointed I finished a book that I could tell early on was not worth the
Very engrossing story with well developed characters. I had a difficult time going to bed at night because I wanted to keep listening. The narration is excellent and feels more like an audio production rather than being read a story. The subject matter can sometimes feel rather depressing, however, Grissom's writing is true with the time period. I highly recommend this novel.
Kathleen in FL
I have long been a student of slavery and the Civil War. My personal library overflows with slave narratives and historical books on slavery, as well as historical fiction of that sad era in American history.
Kathleen Grissom brings to life her story of a young indentured servant who is orphaned on a ship bringing her family from Ireland. The loving and intimate relationships between the seven year old child and the African slaves who care for her on the 1780's era Virginia plantation are wonderful. These are exactly the kind of deep friendships I have had with women of color throughout my life.
The novel reminds us of the evils of slavery, particularly the vulnerable position of young women at the hands of white masters and overseers. The painful separations of parents and children are recounted here, as well as the belief among many slaveholders that their "property" was sub-human and without feelings.
The narrators were right on target with both the Irish accent of the heroine, the speech of the slaves, and the accents of the Virginians in the big house. My family is from Virginia and I heard my grandfather as I listened to the narration. This book went far too quickly.