Yes, it is an interesting story. Why would Geraldine read it though? Her accent is Australian and it is about England during the plague. Her voice is also too low and without inflection.
The characters are vivid.
Any of the English actresses would have done it beautifully.
It would be grim but riveting
Many reviews focus on the terrible narration done by Geraldine Brooks. I won't lie to you -- she isn't the greatest narrator. However, she is also not the worst I have ever heard. The sample given by Audible gave me a good idea of what I was in for, and I opted to buy the book even with the multiple bad reviews. Yes, Brooks reads very slowly. Yes, her voice can get on your nerves, at least for the first few chapters. But at some point, her voice begins to work, and I forgot that she wasn't the main character, Anna. The book is sad (how could a book about the Plague not be sad?) and yet still manages to end with a slightly happy and plausible ending. However, the characters are what make this book so wonderful. If you like other Brooks' novels, then I don't think this one will disappoint you. She is an excellent writer, and this book just adds to her achievements.
Good story. I loved the history
Although the story was engaging, I found myself almost unable to finish. The narration was horrible at best. If the synopsis interests you, I strongly recommend you buy the book instead
Yes because I learned about the history of plague, but it was such a difficult subject that I didn't really enjoy it.
Geraldine Brooks is a wonderful writer so I always enjoy her language. I also liked the ending, once the time of the plague was over. Her stories are always so well crafted that I was really disappointed that I didn't love this one like I have her other books.
I don't care for the sound of her voice so there is nothing she could have done to improve the reading. I think it was probably an appropriate voice for the character, but I just don't enjoy listening to it.
I started reading the novel and switched to the audio version. I definitely enjoyed the audio version more though the author's voice, who was the reader, will not please all. It is thin and reedy which took some getting use to.
I found the end of the story inconsistent with the overall plot. It seemed that the final chapter was from an entirely different book.
She gives the characters a great, passionate voice.
I read Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book - a wonderful book - after listening to her I may have to try it on audible. She is an outstanding writer and reader.
Please DO NOT let authors read. I had to give up listening, as she has a terrible, boring voice.
Plodding, boring, no change of inflexion. A great writer, but keep her away from the mike....
The narrator is the most fully drawn of all the characters, and she is likable throughout. It is also heartwarming to see her grow into an ever more sensitive, dedicated
and passionate maturity.
I appreciated how she brought the narrator's quiet strength to life.
The growing friendship between the narrator, Anna, and her employer, the minister's wife, was most heartwarming, but the moment of her recognition of a baby's fate and her decision to take on her care was nothing short of inspiring.
Besides a powerful page turning story this book will give most readers a most helpful insight into life in 16th century plague torn England.
An interesting story and well-written documentary on life during the 1600's. The author reads without feeling--typical non-professional voice. It would be much better with a professional narrative.
boring, little inflection
Since it is historical, you know the outcome; but many of the small events are entirely predictable.
The author was monotone. I was so soothed by her voice I wanted to nap. Not what I needed when listening to a story.
I imagine the story was great but I had a hard time hearing it over the lulling reading.