Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
Just hearing Susan Sarandon's wonderful narration is worth it, but the story is lovely and interesting, with great characters. It's one of those audiobooks that you want to listen to on a warm sunny day, lying on a blanket, or staring out of the window. Almost like a girl's version of Huckleberry Finn - in an odd way!
It reminds me of The Harp in the South by Australian author Ruth Park, which portrays a poor Catholic family during the Depression. The main character is a girl also growing up too quickly.
No I haven't but I'd listen to anything she does
Laughed a lot and was worried about the incident with the soldier!
I loved Berenice and John Henry more than Frankie! Great characters!
I have only just begun but I already know this is a special special book. And Susan Sarandon is a gift. I don't want to go to work. I just want to sit here and listen.
I have read the book at least four times, written reports on it, and mentioned it with several interviewers who have asked about my personal favorites. Susan Sarandon lends it an entirely new dimension.
Frankie [F. Jasmine] Adams is truly one of the most indelible characters in modern literature. Susan somehow becomes a 12-year-old girl when she's reading Frankie's dialogue.
Any scene with Berenice, John Henry, and Frankie together talking about dreams, hopes, and expectations.
A lonely girl learns how to become 'the we of me'.
This is one of Susan Sarandon's great performances in any medium. It gave me six hours of pure pleasure. I love this new series by great actors. Next for me is 'The Sheltering Sky.'
Not really. Just a different experience.
Her soothing voice.
The girl and the maid in the kitchen.
Anything by Carson mcCuthers is wonderful!
I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).
Would listen to anything Susan Sarandon read. The story was slow and without Susan S's performance I wouldn't have finished the book.
I have no idea.
so-so, uninspiring, average (I would listen to other stories narrated by her, however. I just don't think she had much to work with here.)
Bored. The pace was very slow.
I didn't finish the story. That's how bored I was with it. I made it about halfway through and then decided to not waste anymore time waiting for it to get better.
Yes. The Member of the Wedding has long been a favorite book of mine and Susan Sarandon does it justice with her easy and unaffected delivery. She brings life to this Southern tale of coming of age so that you are daydreaming in Frankie's kitchen, going head to head with the housemaid, Berenice or standing in the yard begging for small John Henry's company. The story took Carson McCullers five years to complete. She wrote in a letter to her husband that it was was
Carson McCullers wrote a previous book called
I love when Frankie is alone, her father is working late, Berenice has left for the day, and while Frankie won't admit her loneliness, she stands in the evening light in her yard, calling to John Henry to come on over and sleep at her house. John Henry is balancing himself on the porch railing and telling her no, he doesn't want to come over just now.
Loved Susan Sarandon but the book was.....a children's book......not at all what I expected.
Somewhere I missed the fact that is was a children's book. That should have been made clear.
Narration was just so much better than the story.
I really should be given my credit back.
I like Susan Sarandon as an actress, but she simply isn't very good here. She reads awkwardly. Sentences tumble out as if she had never seen one before. Is this lack of preparation? Lack of direction? Compared to Cherry Jones astonishingly nuanced and vivid reading of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, this is almost a complete loss--and, sadly, there's not likely to be another audio version of this novel anytime soon.
A thicker Plot, the story seems to go on forever with no real meaning.
If Susan was not the narrator I would not have finished the book.
To many kitchen table nonsense conversations