Why anyone would want to listen to a story about children getting abused is far beyond my comprehension. This was so depressing. Skipped most of the middle chapters. I truly hated it. On the brighter side, the narrator did a very decent job.
I would listen/read this book a thousand times over. It is slow at first, but once it picks up I assure you that it will always be on your mind. It was so well written I could see myself as the main character, and the issues that these characters find themselves in will forever be etched in my mind.
I recommend this book because it constantly pulls at your heart strings.
I liked best the picture of perfection at the beginning and the maturity, logic and sheer survival that won over circumstance at the end.
So many! There was a sweet moment when the mother found out she was pregnant. That was the height of how good it gets. Then to watch it all crumble....heart wrenching but most captivating.
I was touched by the natural instinct in the older children to care for the younger ones. It was very pure and undefiled.
I greatly enjoyed the narration of Alyssa Bresnahan. She ranks as one of the best!
I love this book. It shows the dark side of people when tempted with money and the resilience of the human spirit. It takes you through the entire range of human emotions and Cathy seems like a real person. The narrator did a wonderful job giving each character an identity through various intonations which also gives the reader a chance to really build a wonderful image in their mind as this story moves alone.
this was a great book, wonderfully read. I've only seen the movie and thought it was time to read the book. admittedly I read Garden of Shadows first and think that made reading this book more interesting. highly recommended!
If you think this will be so bad it's good, you're wrong. The purple prose "romance" is there and it is ridiculous, but it does NOT make up for every other terrible part of this terrible, terrible book. It is depressing, unpleasant, cringe inducing, and entirely too long. There is no point or moral or meaning to this boring tale of misery. There is nothing here even to titillate the sleaze seeking. This book is a marathon of pain.
One of the first adult novels I read as a teenager and the story still captivates me. Unfortunately I found the performance dated, the late 70's writing really influencing the narrator. The character voices were very similar and the quality of the recording itself was poor in places. In quiet places I could hear soft repeats of what was just said. Still if you enjoy and know the story it's worth it, well maybe on a sale.
Silly representation of other voices, annoying reading style
The book is very poorly written - like someone following a formula for how to write a book. I stuck with it, hoping it would get better. It didn't. The story is fairly interesting, but the treatment of it is adolescent at best.