This is a tale we have read about and studyied in History. BUT the Narrator of this book brings it alive. She is talented, smooth and diverse.
I could listen to her read my grocery list and she would have my full attention.
I couldn't stop listening. Ms. Grissom put such life into the characters that I can still see them in my mind. A sad tale with such touching moments.
Oh my, where to begin. Start with a ridiculous story line (a boy named Cardigan, really?). Then add dialect from every B movie you have ever seen. ("Yessum, da Massa say weeze gonna jump da broom.") Then add a narrator who needs to do an Irish brogue, Southern dialect, and an African American tongue, but keeps mixing them all up. What do you have? A waste of my book credits! Not since "Roses" have I listened to such a overhyped, disappointing mess.
Probably not another by this arthor.
There are many other better and probably more accurate stories about this time in history.
For instance: Uncle Tom's Cabin
For Pete's sake, people, Lavinia had to be the thickest main character in any book I've ever read. It's a good thing I was listening to this book because I might have destroyed an actual book after a multitude of across-the-room hurlings. Lavinia becomes denser and denser as times moves on and her naivete/disingenuousness (the most kind way of putting it) is not to be believed. She is an absolute dunce, obviously not observing anything around her and becoming more and more helpless (if that's possible) with time, never learning from her own experiences or those of others. Why people continued to love and forgive her was beyond my comprehension.
This book could have been so much better by giving her just a bit of common sense and intelligence. The fact that the characters had the entire book to reveal the secret, but never did, was a source of frustration for me. I was hoping to enjoy this book, as it's a departure from my usual, but after the first half of the book, I became increasingly disgusted with the trajectory of the characters and the story.
The narration of the book--excellent.
BTW, I loved The Help, so it's not the genre with which I'm having a problem.
The characters come alive and evoke so many emotions it's almost as if they are real.
There were so many strong characters to identify with it would be very hard to choose one.
Lavinia would be my first choice.
There voices put so much character into already strong characters, it really added to an already amazing story.
It should not be renamed, it is perfect.
I really enjoyed The Kitchen House. It kept my interest all the way through even though I was sure where it was ultimately going. I won't say much more so as not to ruin the experience for anyone. But I will say that the Miss Grissom was bolder than I'd expected to wrap things up as she did. I also very much enjoyed the multiple narrators and their believable dialects. Bravo!
I did not read the printed version, but I prefer to listen to books like these. It really brings out the characters and emotion of the book.
I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
I had never heard of this book and got it because it sounded interesting and because of the high rating on it. I'm glad that I did. The Kitchen House was an excellent story told by two women, who were both enslaved by others and themselves. It captured a period of time that has been written about comprehensively, but adds the dimension of a white indentured child who is raised by a black family.on a plantation
The narration is fantastic and both narrators deserve kudos but what struck me so forcibly about this story was how senseless the color barrier was and continues to be. Color and who was born to who dictated whether you were a slave or not, but in this story, many of the children born were fathered by white men, yet treated as slaves. It's hard to understand how they differentiated between these children, but they did and it makes no sense. I was also struck by the strength of the women in this tale. They made mistakes, some of them immense, but they handled what they were dealt and survived. Great read!
The writing was stellar, and the narrators perfectly casted. I typically wouldn't listen to the same book twice, but this is one I'd revisit just because the writing and narration were so good.
Mama-- she perfectly embodied the maternal love Lovinia was searching for, and was a great emblem of self-sacrifice.
For a reasonably sad story, the ending was somewhat of a reprief when justice was served.
The death of a principal character early on was tragic and upsetting; but really hooked me into the story. I appreciate how all the characters were fleshed out early on, which helped explain some of their actions (i.e. Marshall's abuse led to his anger led to Sally's demise led to Marshall's adult violence and alcoholism)
GREAT read! I listen to Audible books all the time on my commute and this was one of the better I've encountered. HIGHLY recommend!