Fuller picks up from her prior book and elaborates on her mother gritty mother who is displeased with how the family is portrayed in the book. Nicolette faced many hardships, and was defiantly a colorful person. I just felt like there was a lot recycled material from the prior book, and I was kind of tired of it all. On to West With Night ;)
An interesting, well-read book EXCEPT for the singing. Why, oh why, did the publishers require -- if require they did -- the reader to sing the songs in the text? It's utterly painful.
When The Crocodile Swallowed The Sun.
Fine except for the singing.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I love the truth and relationship between the family members. For the main character to have the nickname of a monkey is just the beginning of the joy, not fun, buy heartfelt joy of reading this book. The narator did a fantastic job and made the book even more enjoyable. I remember as a kid hearing of the wars in Africa between the ruling whites and the majority blacks, but this book gives you a feeling of life in that world.
I love the Mom. She is both as trong character and so fragile psychologically. I love that she tries to make a family of artist during the trying time of war
This book would not be nearly as interest without Biance. I found that her reading made the book for me. Out of my hundreds of audio books I have listened to she is probably the finest reader I have heard.
Yes. I could not stop. I listened to it while driving to work, at the gym or even sitting in my driveway before going in for the night. I could not put it down.
I had not listened to Ms. Fuller works before but now have all her audible works on my wish list which I will buy each month. She is like great candy and I will pace myself to enjoy her over the longest time possible. I strogly suggest this work.
Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!
A well written, well narrated story that describes a family history that is at once difficult and heartwarming. Beautiful descriptions of life in a different era of Africa.
A good friend recommended this book to me so I wanted to like it. I do generally like the ex-pats in Africa topic. This book however never developed a character I cared much about, and I was glad it wasn't that long.
Tried again to listen to this book but it's so trite and seems to have no plot. Managed to listen to 45 minutes on the train but it was too painful, especially the singing. Best avoided.
Gives you insights into what British settlers experienced, some humor, some sad, good description of dynamics of mother/daughter and siblings. Is the Mother stable? Yet we all have someone like this and move through life. Pace is a bit slow, but good for long runs.
To pass the time, doesn't grab you but does entertain you.
Discovering the tree, talking on the veranda
Maybe a movie, definitely Meryl Streep, maybe Judy Dench both have the underlying "iron" with a shade of crazy in some of their performances.
The narrator's voice and South African setting.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - also by Alexandra Fuller. This book has the same excellent storytelling and many of the same distinctive characters.
The Mother - this book was written about Alexandra Fuller's flamboyant, unconventional, passionate and loving mother.
Although I did not listen to it straight through, I could have. It is beautifully crafted, very compelling, and well-paced.
Alexandra Fuller is a writer of the first rank, and her reader, Bianca Amato, is exceptional.
I don't know.
I don't think the performance is this issue.
Unsure as I haven't finished the book.
The book is poorly written, and contains way to much information.