The book might have benefited from a slower reading.
Some spoilers here...Within the first 20 minutes I was exhausted by this rushed, dispassionate telling of what might have been a very interesting story. The autbor could have written an entire book on the lives of the characters in the first chapter. I had been interested in the protagonist Hallie but she arrived in the wilderness, communed with bears, got knocked-up by mysterious stranger, had babies, buried baby, buried husband, and died within minutes. Her story might have been the seed through which the other stories within this book grew but it passed so quickly that I was truly unmoved. The author told a grand story with zero emotion or passion. There was little time for the readers to savour the story and connect with that first main character. The narration was equally speedy and bland, which certainly made things worse. It might have made a very interesting graphic novel series but I can't recommend this audiobook.
I couldn't follow this story, and had to constantly go back to re listen in order to follow along. I thought the book was choppy.
The story, as a whole, was interesting. The way all the family members were tied together from the beginning. It was a bit hard to follow, at times. All the names ran together and it was hard to keep their respective stories straight.
No. I liked the characters but wanted more connection between the generations of the townspeople. It felt flat for me. You would get into a time and its characters and then they were not mentioned again or if they were it was brief.
I liked the aspect of the generations that lived in a town. The uniqueness of the town, such as the eel river. The least interesting was the lack of connection between the chapters.
It was allright, not outstanding.
I wouldn't listen to it again.
I decided to purchase this book because of reviews and because I enjoy Alice Hoffman. During the first chapter, I thought, "here's a well-developed overview of the beginning of a town." I don't know what my real expectations were, because then I realized each chapter was it's own short story - which I avoid. But I kept going, I came to love the town of Blackwell, MA as a character, not a setting. The setting would be best described by time rather than place. Nancy Travis has a subtle way of narration, which is much appreciated with this story. Well done.
Yes, I really enjoyed both the story and performance of this book. I think that the stories were really each very interesting and well told. I loved the magical realism, and I loved how the stories moved in time to cover the history of the town and some of its families. It was really interesting to trace an evolution of place names and folk lore. I though that Hoffman's use of the idea of tracing the evolution of town lore was so interesting, and I thought it really worked in this book. I think it was also a perfect type of audio book because it could be listened to very easily in parts.
I greatly enjoyed her ability to convincingly narrate as a character in the 1600s and as a character in the 1970s.
Lawyer practicing corporate and family law
I get on some level what the author was trying to do here, the generations building on each other, and maybe in that respect she pulled it off. I don't like, however, that none of the characters were around long enough to be fully developed. I didn't have time to learn to like, love or despise them, so that I might miss them at the book's end, as happens with really good books. It might be better to read this one in hard copy so that you can more easily look back to recall the significance of the current chapter's characters. Just didn't enjoy it.
this book did not disappoint. Her books are quirky and fun, full of unusual characters which leaves you with a feeling of everything works out in the end.
Difficult to listen to if distracted. I did not fell the caracters came together in the end and was dissapointed.