I didn't think the storyline was all that interesting.
I thought it was a little boring actually.
The little girl.
Not really. Just a different experience.
Her soothing voice.
The girl and the maid in the kitchen.
Anything by Carson mcCuthers is wonderful!
I purchased this book thinking that I would really enjoy it since Susan Sarandon was reading it. I was disappointed. I did not feel that she brought the characters to life, and since I recognized her voice throughout, it even took away from the experience.
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.
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.
I had not realized it was for younger listeners..perhaps I should have!
I LOVE Susan Sarandon's voice. Listening to her was a pleasure
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.
A good storyline would have made this book better. I kept waiting for something to happen and it just never did. About 3/4 the way through the book, I finally gave up.
I think it has.
She did, but her reading was not as good as I imagined it would be. It was simple mediocre.
The storyline was disappointing. It makes me angry I wasted money on it.
I found this book to have no real story line. Not one person held my interest. The story kept jumping from one topic to another as if the author couldn't figure out who to focus on. The story touched briefly on the persecution of the Jews, to the lack of civil rights in America and switched back again to the plight of the lead character's insecurity. She was practically invisible to her father.
The name change took a bit of getting used to. Apparently, the young girl only relied on the tales told to her by the housekeeper. (Who had a false eye that was blue?) the housekeeper told more about her life than the primary character. This young girl, left on her own for most of the day, walked around barefoot, digging splinters out of her foot with a knife. She also walked around town, talking to strangers encountering a drunken soldier who assumed she was a prostitute and took her to his cheap hotel room. Obviously bored and wanting to escape her hum drum life, she planned to join her brother and his bride; to live with them in another town after the wedding. There was little or no dialogue from the brother or his bride. The main character also decided that if her plan did not work, she was going to commit suicide. She told this to the housekeeper, who was not alarmed and made no real attempt to stop her. Instead, she went to the wedding and made a fool of herself. Not one person noticved that this was clearly a disturbed young girl who walked about in a dreamlike state.
Susan Sarandon is one of my favorite actresses. I was surprised that she leant her name and talent to this nonsensicle story. No one else could have narrated it better. She had no story to work with.
The story kept going in circles.
I wish I'd read other reviews before I wasted over seven hours of my time.
Time was not well-spent
I've never listened to this author before
Susan Sarandon is a great actress - not a good reader though.