I LOVED the story, but it's a sad one...and I'm not sure I should be crying my eyes out at 65 mph.
The story was compelling and the narration lively. I loved listening to The Kitchen House and carried my Ipod around with me everywhere so I wouldn't have to stop.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
Sometimes you just don't agree with the majority and that is definitely the case with this book which currently averages over 4 stars on Audible...and I gave it only 2 stars. Maybe this book is a victim of circumstance since I'm reading it right on the heels of Gone With the Wind or maybe it is just not as well-written as I'd hoped. If the Enquirer or Star magazines from the grocery store checkout lanes were reincarnated as a novel, this would be that novel. There was so much sensationalism and zero subtlety and this meant that preposterous plot lines hit you over the head without mercy. I couldn't wait to get to the end and didn't really care how all of those plots resolved.
Say something about yourself!
For the most part, I really enjoyed this story. Belle and Mama were my favorite characters. The bad guys were REALLY bad. Marshall was disturbing, which I think gives the story more depth. The reason I couldn't bring myself to give this book 5 stars was Lavinia. Admittedly the character was set in a time when women were fairly powerless, however her excessive passiveness made me shout out loud with annoyance several times. Just because you have no power does not mean you can't have a personality! I found her thoroughly disgusting.
If you liked The Help, listen to this. It's a great story, true to history and exciting.
I had trouble putting this book down. I use books on tape when I walk and with this book I just kept walking. I walked for 2 1/2 hrs one day just so I could keep listening. Fantastic!
I loved this book. The narrator was fantastic. I could almost envision the setting. The story line was a little tired towards the end but overall it was very well written with characters that came to life through the story.
I would absolutely listen to the kitchen house again. The story was captivating and the narrator did a wonderful job depicting the voices of the characters. This books stirs your emotions with the events that transpire. I cant wait to listen to this book again. I will look for further book from this Author and Narrator both.
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author Kathleen Grissom wrote an exceptionally intriguing story! She describes events, people, and places with great detail and takes you back into that era very easily! The readers were absolutely the best! I highly recommend this book! The story revolves around a main character (Lavinia) who is an orphaned Iris girl growing up in a kitchen house with slaves on a tobacco plantation. Her interaction with so many different people in her life time makes the story very captivating and interesting!! I liked the ending also. Well rounded listen. You won't be disappointed! I hope it's made into movie or mini series!
Couldn't get enough of this book. The story, while heart wrenching is amazing. The narration was perfect! If you liked The Help, you will love The Kitchen House!