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!
Educator, mother and avid reader!
I loved this book! I too found it sad, but as an African-American I was not surprised by the mentality, cruelty and realistic portrait the author painted of the institution of Slavery. The book Wench was a walk in the park compared to the hardships, atrocities and inhumane treatment this family faces and endures. I could NOT put it down! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to walk in the shoes of a slave for at least 12 hours and 55 minutes. I guarantee, you will never be the same.
I got just over two hours into this 13-hour book before I gave up. The book has such an intriguing setup - an Irish girl arrives without parents in the US in the 18th century and is sent as a servant girl to live with the black slaves on a plantation. But the execution of the story is disappointing. The characters are one- or at best two-dimensional, saying things and behaving in ways that are more like cartoons than real people, though the book takes itself quite seriously. Plot turns are both predictable and often unbelievable, seeming manufactured by the author, rather than making sense. The author pays close attention to some details (like what food is prepared) but less to others (why is a 7 year old lost on a snowy day all day but doesn't need any warming up when she's found? How much time has gone by between scenes? What motivates the characters?). Both narrators here are excellent, but the book is a sad contrast to The Help, which shares one of the narrators.
I could not stop listening, I had to know what was going to happen! I spent alot of time in the south as a child and this book brought me right back!! The readers were fantastic! Even though I loved this story, the author's note at the end really put the frosting on the cake!! A must read!!!
Could not wait to listen to it each day it ended too quickly. Would like more by this author
From beginning to end, this was a compelling tale of love, family, happiness and sadness, sacrifice and riches. A tale that follows the arrival of the little Irish girl in America to a plantation in VA, through her childhood and her arrival into womanhood, and all those around her who became her family and loved ones. The Author provides an explanation at the end of the book as to how she came to write this story, and this will make you shiver. Excellent story, flows well, involves the reader, the characters come alive. Makes you smile at times, and cry at others. The Narrators, Orlagh Cassidy, and Bahni Turpin do an absoultely superb job of bringing the characters to life. As a result, this is certainly one book that I recommend listenng to v.s. reading.
I thought The Help was the best audiobook I've heard; this runs a close second. You just have to hear the whole thing through; breaks and interruptions are painful.
Loved this content of the book and the reading was exceptionally good. I would highly recommend this book.
If you loved "the Help" you will love this one also. I was sorry when it was over. Sad but excellent.