I don't know how this audio edition compares to the print version since I have not read the print version. I can only comment on the audio version which was absolutely stunning! The story can alive with clarity interest that heightened the images in my mind. Robin Miles did a great job of reading and singing enhancing an already engaging story. The collaboration of Shange with her sister Bayeza was brilliantly written in one voice. My only regret is that I did not
I especially liked the deeply developed characters and the several generational storyline.
Phat Girl Slim
This was a long book, but it didn't seem that way. The time just flew by. I was a little sad when it ended. There were a lot of characters, but I never got confused about who was who because each character had a life of his/her own.
The little history lessons were a nice touch. I can tell that a lot of research went into this book. I especially enjoyed how the lives of the fictional characters intertwined with real life historical figures and real life celebrities.
I came across this book after listening to Robin Miles read "Half of a Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She did such a brilliant job reading that, I looked for more books read by her. She really brought this wonderful story to life. Her voice is pure magic!
The narrator brings the characters to life, the descriptions of people, places and time periods are very good, the main characters are interesting and the story captures your attention. There are some slow spots, but it's worth staying through to the end.
Yes. Overall this is a good story and the narrator makes it even better.
Her ability to make the voices clearly distinct and capture accents and dialects make the story seem more real. She does an excellent job switching between genders and brings the songs to life. I wasn't expecting singing and she was very good.
Osceola to listen to his dreams about the future.
There are a few editing errors - the narrator starts to read a sentence, says something quietly about starting over and reads the sentence again.
It was difficuly to understand the dialect in the beginning. Some problems following all the generations as one generation would leave off and another start! I often replayed section to understand, but what a great story!
It's long and normally I like long books, but this one felt pasted together without much quality control. Some memories, some history, some social history - I don't regret having listened, but I don't feel I would have lost anything valuable if I hadn't. I did like some of the characters and cared about them, but was uncomfortable with parts of the performance. (One of the characters is (apparently) a talented opera singer - but the narrator isn't one and it left me, as I said, "uncomfortable.") The story covers a large swathe of African American history but I don't feel I learned a whole lot.
After I listened to the interview of the authors at the end of the audiobook I understood why the story seemed so drawn out and sometimes disjointed. It was written in "sections" by the two sisters so their styles differed. The characters were drawn in great detail then just disappeared from the story. The narration was excellant and listeners get to enjoy the singing parts as well. The story is fascinating, the women interesting, the history relevant, but as one of the authors said, "It could have been at least three novels". It is sad that the authors came to the conclusion that any woman who followed her dreams had to give up on her personal life and other women gave up their dreams for a man and family.
For the first hour or so, I really had to convince myself to stick with the book - since I had heard so much about it. It did get better, and I am glad I stayed til the end, but overall I think the book is a bit over-hyped. It was so long, that by the end I had lost track of who's who. The performance, however, was 5 star. The narrator sang everything from spirituals to jazz - amazing!
This is a wonderful story.. I have been an Audible Customer for many years. This is the First Review I have felt compelled to Write.. This is a beautiful Story. Told by one of the best Narrators I have heard in a long time. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IN THIS BOOK..
A frequent listener with a taste for a little of everything.
Beautiful story, well written, well narrated, and I couldn't wait to share it with my fellow book-lovers. It doesn't take long before you really care about these women. You laugh with them, cry with them, and yes, even sing with them. As a friend said, "I wish I could meet and spend time with them!"
I would have said "Completely flawless" if not for the poor "editing" of the audio recording at a few parts. Did no one listen to this before releasing it? We shouldn't be hearing the narrator say, "Sorry, I messed that up, let me restart". What happened there? Luckily, that didn't happen very often. It was absolutely worthwhile.
A story of African American women would survive and succeed the prejudice against women and race. They are women who made a family, which stood against the adversity of slavery and emancipation . The title delineates the lives of the women. Some Sing Some Cry