I've listened to this book three times within two years. One reason I liked this book is because the story is so different from anything I've heard or read before. The narrator gave such an EXCELLENT performance and really gave life to the characters. I think it's a book for women more then men and ladies I encourage you to listen. It's sad but you won't want to stop listening.
This was the story about people who used to be put away and forgotten in mental institutions because their families either didn't want to deal with them or were convinced their children would be better off there. Set in Massachusetts, it's the story about a young white girl, Lynnie, who has a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf mute man, who escaped from the institution together. Lynnie, called "Beautiful Girl" by Homan, touched me to my very soul. I don't want to give the story away so I won't say more, except to say the story spans 40 years and sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved it.
The vacation at the end
Felt like crying with joy.
Very enlightening story about people with disabilities. Great story. Reminds me that there are many good loving people
I get unreasonably attached to fictional characters
A great, feel-good story about a young woman with a mental handicap, and her struggles in and out of a "school" for the disabled. A bit of history about the 70's and 80's institutions for the disabled, a bit of a coming of age story, and a lot about love in all it's forms.
I teared up. A lot.
I couldn't listen to this book fast enough. While I feel like it was a bit rushed toward the end with trying to tie up loose ends and put things together nicely, I thought the story was great and made me think, long after I was done listening.
Linney and Kate and Martha I can't pick one. All the characters are lovely.
Made me laugh and cry! My sign of a good book!
A bit predictable but well told. The author tells the heart of 2 people who are unable to express it themselves.
The end was predictiable so I only am giving this book 4 stars. But, getting to the end was a wonderful reading experience. I foun myself thinking of the book long after I was done listening to it.