I didn't care for the vocabulary the author used in this book. I thought it wasn't fitting for the story. I didn't really care about the characters and had a hard time staying interested.
I listened to Emma Galvin in Divergent and I got this book because she was the narrator. I thought she was excellent even though I didn't care for the story.
I don't think so.
"Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered." As if the Ten Commandments weren't hard enough to keep, girl-child Ree has been given this 11th mandate from the local culture of the Ozarks. How she functions, how she tries to "make it" (deer stew, for example) is a gripping but poetic story. You'll encounter a young woman who may "never have only her own concerns to tote." You'll try to rest in the "pious shade and silence pines create." Mostly, you'll want to get to know Ree. I wished she'd be my friend... and she was.
This had the makings of a good book but the plot was very weak/shallow. I understand the struggles of this family but for goodness sake, give the readers something to hold on to.
Emma Galvin's narration was the only reason I finished this one. Good job Emma.
What makes this a great audio book is the narration by Emma Galvin--her voice is what brings the character to life. Perfect choice.
no, far too depressing in content and hard to follow as audio
I like her reading, good timing
I love the narrator so much, I'll seek her out to hear additional books read by her.
I think I got a picture of Ree, the main character, in the opening moments of the story as she looks across the creek in front of her house longingly at meat hanging in a neighbor's yard.
No, but I look forward to.
An inside look at the lives of the life of the mountain Ozark people...
I selected this book based on a very enthusiastic comment written by someone else. I think that comment should remain the top one. The writer said she had never before been inspired to write a comment...
Absolutely. The writing is raw and emotional and I can't imagine a more fitting narrator. Her coarse, immature voice adds an edge of realism to the heartbreaking tail.
The beating. I don't want to post a spoiler but it's never to be forgotten.
There is nothing I could criticize about her performance. She slips into an Appalachian slang with ease yet remains perfectly understandable and her dialog is simply alive.
Life's hard in the hills.
No. Rarely listen to or read books twice.
True Grit. (Although I have only seen the movie). Because of the young girl in search of her father.
Freelance Book Reviewer at Midnight Book Girl
Winter's Bone is my book club's read for this month, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Despite the bleak setting and bleak circumstances, there's a redeeming grace in Ree's struggle to save her family home and to take care of her ailing mother and younger brothers.
Ree Dolly is a wonderful character- full of strength and good old fashioned gumption. Tough talking and even tougher physically, Ree still has tender moments with her best friend Gail, and her family.
I haven't seen the movie, so Emma was Ree for me. She put a lot of emotion in Ree's voice and just brought the whole Dolly clan to life.
I listened to this short book on New Year's Eve and the following day while driving to friends in another town. This book could easily be used in a creative writing class as an example of best practices. This book made such an impression that I Googled it and found a movie had been made as well, which I downloaded from NetFlix. If you like good contemporary literature, I highly recommend this book, and then check out the movie.