Elizabeth McGovern knows how to read a story . . . and her voice invites you to immerse yourself immediately into Cora's life . . .
loved characters, interesting story, enjoyed time period inwhich it was set
when she learned about her monther
Very interesting and entertaining. Read with a lovely voice.
Water for Elephants. It provides both good and bad aspects of a bygone day. It offers a little romance and many surprises.
simple - change - inlightment
Cora lived the life she thought she needed to live but finds out just how much she settled.
I think she was able to make each character their own but I think one can "hear" Cora grow as the book goes on.
when Cora meets her mother for the first time.
It's in my top 5 for audiobooks.
Louise Brooks and Cora were fantastically opposite. Louise as a teenager was someone you love to hate. I just wanted to smack her!
Elizabeth McGovern was a great narrator, she made Louise so hateful, and Cora so loveable.
I got a little choked up in the end, but this book was not all gentile, lots of drama!
This book flowed at a really nice pace, and the characters and story lines were extremely interesting and thought provoking.
the history in the story and McGovern's narration.
the family history. from the beginnings to how everyone ends up at the end.
an amazing voice 100% suited to this story.
yes - it was the story line involving Raymond.
just an amazing "read". it is the best one that i have listened to so far.
The narrator. Pitch perfect.
This summer - "Beautiful Ruins" as it is a memoir involving real people from a specific time and place as well.
Everything. She was perfectly suited to the part. She gets the priggishness, the hilarity, the self discovery tucked into her tone of voice and pronunciation (sic?)...she's great.
Summer with Louise
Best one I've read yet!
An interesting point of view for the time periods. Louise Brooks was before her time.
Excitent. Couldn't stop listening.
The development of the characters over decades was fascinating. The storyline was not predictable and kept me listening. I'm also from Wichita and I was surprised how accurately the city was recounted over the years.
The Chaperone herself because she began to understand what it meant to grow throughout life. Her underlying values were ones I could admire and it was easy to cheer for her.
The longer the story went on, the more mesmerizing it became. It did seem to go slowly in the beginning which is why I would rate it a 4.5 if possible. In the final chapters, it was so interesting to think about the young woman at the beginning of the book and the same woman and her family at the end. I would be perfectly happy with a sequel beginning with a new family member, perhaps her granddaughter! The narration was spot on.
I don't know anyone who would enjoy this book.
The story had potential but instead was drab, old, and boring. The characters are lifeless and dull.
This book sparked disappointment. I kept waiting for it to get good then it was over. I was left thinking "was that it".