Ms Brooks has the novelist's gift of making you believe you are there, 400 years ago, seeing what Bethia sees, sharing her feelings of pain, love, frustration and passion for learning. The story inspires you to want to know more of those times, and how our early nation evolved at the grassroots level, and especially how at the expense of the Indians whose lands we presumed to be ours.
I liked to try to anticipate how all the characters would evolve into adulthood. Like much in life, then and now, the story is full of surprises, many of them not as we would hope for.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I felt she did an excellent job with all the characters, most especially Bethia, and her particular style of formal speech.
I would love to meet Caleb, assuming I could speak his language. He seemed to be able to comprehend the true nature of both his native, and adopted, societies. But I would hope that he brought Bethia, as she is so full of spirit and love of life.
I haven't read the print version.
Bethia.....such a strong and competent woman. Open minded and forward thinking.
I'm not sure.......I seldom have the time to read a print version of a book. At first I didn't like the narration at all. But as I listened to the story itself I felt Ms. Ehle was trying to speak as one would during that time in history. She enunciates every work and speaks rather stiffly.
Yes, after getting used to the narration.
I am a fan of the author-Geraldine Brooks. People of the Book was a memorable read. So I decided to give this novel a try.
Although fiction, this book was inspired by a true story. The college of Newtowne was founded in 1636 and is now called Harvard and the total number of graduates in the 17th century was only 465. Caleb was a Wopanaak born on the island of Noepe now known as Martha's Vineyard and one of the first Indians admitted to Harvard in 1661.
Brooks has a gift of taking historical material and letting her imagination create a wonderful story.
This is another of Geraldine Brooks wonderful books. It is written in the language of the 1600s and therefore hearing it on audible makes it all the more enjoyable. The performance is outstanding. I highly recommend this audible production
* love to work (nursing informatics) * love dogs * love speed * listen to books constantly *
Decide in advance that you will picture the reader in the time period of the book and that someone might actually speak with severe enunciation. Then - - enjoy the FABULOUS book - you won't be able to put it down. I am looking for other books by this author right now, I can hardly wait!
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
Nice, interesting book written about early 17th C Americans , both English and Native Americans...trying to get along on Martha's Vineyard. I liked the writing, -dialogue in the vernacular of the day-
Story of gender and race, nature and the importance of education.
Unique read which gives us a good picture of our country "back in the day."
I suppose if you are into stories where the different religions argue and compete, you would find this interesting. I chose this story because of the historical content. Immediately, the story starts in about how the girl killed her mother because she believed in the wrong god. Pleeze.
Students of puritanical history.
No, it was hard to get through this book. The story was lackluster, the narrator was annoyingly bland, and the combination made for a difficult listen.
The narration was stilted and unnatural. I feel that a better narrator could have brought this book to life for me, but it was hard to listen to this book with the current narrator. She has a halting and monotone way of reading that, at times, made it difficult to understand the meaning of the text. It is as if she read every word by itself without consideration of those that preceded or followed.
There was a lot of filler in this book. Since it was written in the style of a journal or diary, there are many pages devoted to Bethia's own lamentations about how she, and her sinful nature brought about the hardships suffered, but her unwillingness to discuss it with anyone. It feels like the religious overtones take prescidence over the actual story of Caleb. The author did a good job of getting the self-centeredness of the teenage psyche, but I feel that, and the religious strictures are the only themes fully recognized within.
I would look for another book, if I was looking for an historical book covering this period of american history. It is a novel of teenage angst disguising itself as an historical reimagining.
The story moved very slowly, although the writing was extremely good. But the poetic prose couldn't make up for the slow pace.
I loved "March," which I read on Kindle. I love the historical settings in both books but did not find the characters in "Crossing" nearly as interesting.
The reading was average.
Read "March" instead.