This was such a wonderful and heartbreaking book to listen to at the same time. I thought the narrator did a fine job, but it was the book that touched me so deeply. Have told all my friends that this book is a keeper.
The performance was wonderful. However, this was not my most favorite stories by this author. I've read several of hers and none has come close to Nightingale. Nevertheless, it was a great read, but not one I would re-read again.
Because I have enjoyed the other Kristin Hannah books I have read, I have concluded that the narrator ruined this one for me. As anyone who listens to audiobooks knows, the narrator can make or break a book. This narrator’s overall manner was far too dramatic for me. I wanted to hear everyday voices in everyday conversations, and yet all conversations were overdramatized. As others have stated, the various voices she tried to portray were extremely lacking. The children were difficult to listen to, but there were others also. I never could figure out what kind of voice she was trying to give the psychiatrist—and I’m not sure she ever figured it out either.
The story, itself, could have been condensed. It was repetitive, and I felt it went on and on. Everything seemed like a crisis, but again I attribute this at least in part to the narrator, who made everything a crisis. When I felt the characters would have had rather normal voices considering the story, she made them whiny or harsh or loud—and she had everyone in the family crying a lot when that wasn’t necessarily indicated in the writing.
I will probably come back to Kristin Hannah’s books, but I intend to take a break first—and I will be avoiding this particular narrator in the future.
I feel compelled to write this review! This book makes one take a step back and think about what is really important in life AND in families. I don't quite understand the criticism from some reviewers. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but this story embraces all the trials, troubles and despair that a family endures when a Mother...especially a Mother goes to war! The people that truly suffer are the children. Many times during this story, I reached for a tissue. I felt their pain and despair. I felt the story was so true to life.
I didn't "love" the narrator. Some areas she was good but others...not so good i.e. with the kids' voices. But certainly not a deal breaker when it comes to spending your credit. It's a great book in my opinion.
How the rare emotions of each character was voiced by the narrator. My heart was racing waiting for the next move
When the helicopter was shot down. Also when Jolene tried it fixed breakfast.
Jolene was my favorite but the narrator was great on all characters. Becky was a brat!
Yes. The book is 15 hrs & I listened for about 6 hours at work & didn't want to turn it off after I got home in the evening
This was the 2nd book by K. Hannah I've listened to & she has become one of my favorite authors. My first book narrated by Maggie-Mec Reed. She was great !
I have never read/heard a Kristin Hannah book I didn't LOVE. It pains me to say this, but I really didn't like this one. I suspect it was the narrator, or at least I want to blame her since I love Kristin Hannah's books.
I just didn't like the characters. Jolene was fine but I frequently wanted to slap her oldest daughter. Frequently. I think the narrator may have contributed to that. I couldn't take the whining and crying (from either daughter). I have two kids of my own and don't need more whining and crying! ;) Perhaps if I had read it instead of listening I would have felt differently.
I can't really put my finger on it but I found the whole book rather irritating. If it hadn't been a Kristin Hannah book I think I wouldn't have finished it as I often found myself irritable after listening (or not wanting to continue listening). I listened to the author's Q&A after and I feel really bad that I didn't like it. Sounds like it was very meaningful to her. I'm sorry! ;)
I will say that I did appreciate being enlightened to the lives of those who serve our country. I am so grateful to them. Like the author, we are not a military family nor do I really know anyone in the military. So I am glad to know more about it and PTSD.
She did a lot of research for this book on the war. It really touched my heart knowing what Jolene and her family went through to bring herself back from all the pain she endured. More people need to know how the war effects our men and woman who fight for our country. Bless them all. Thanks Kristen Hannah for writing this book. It opened my eyes wider then they were before.