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.
The story of Greed. The novel tells of how greed can completely change a person and ruin everything precious in one's life. The struggle of children to remain innocent in a corrupt world when thrown into the worse of circumstances.
This story is hard to pull yourself away from, because of those children. What will be their fate?
The narration could have been better, Carrie's voice was very annoying, but for the most part it's an enjoyable listen.
I read this book when it came out 35 yrs ago (OMG ....is that possible?) As a young woman, it was scary, sad, creepy and a bit shocking.
It still is.
I don't care for female narrators as a rule, and this is no exception. Her interpretation of the small childrens' voices was irritating and the evil grandmother could have been much more menacing.