The story telling was quite good but the story itself was more complicated or more symbolic than my attention span allowed me to follow while listening.
This was the first book by Flannery O'Connor that I have listened to. I have not read any of Flannery O'Connor's work.
None of the characters qualified as "favorites." The description and performance of each made them equally problematic to like.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I downloadred this book on sale because O'Connor is an author I feel I should know better, even though I have struggled with her writings in the past. What convinced me to try again was that Mark Bramhall is the narrator, and I have admired his reading in previous downloads. Bramhall did not disappoint, but I think I'm going to give up on O'Connor.
I get that Southern Gothic writing generally contains characters who are "grotesque" in the sense of being misfits with sympathetic characteristics. I just had a hard time with the unrelenting miserable natures of the main characters, finding it hard to detect the sympathetic parts. Ironically, because O'Connor writes so beautifully, the ugliness comes through with enhanced power. Perhaps that was her point, but it did not make the experience any more pleasant. Having the book read by Bramhall made it easier to consume - as in the past, I would have had a mighty struggle to read it in print.
Among the best.
The narration really helped to capture the grotesque nature of the characters.
The manner in which he made the different characters come to life.
Beautifully written book. Really makes you think. Has a lot of personality. The narrator is top-notch as well. I'll be reading/listening-to more Flannery O'Connor.
I enjoy the works of Flannery O' Connor though I do prefer her shorter stories. The Violent Bear It Away is a bit all over the map at the beginning - past to present to even further in the past, etc - and can make for a confusing listen, but when this novel hits it stride somewhere in the middle the story flares. The narrator does a decent job bringing the story to life. I would suggest using your credit on A Good Man is Hard To Find or Everything That Rises Must Converge first.