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".
The main drawback of this book was that I never developed any empathy for Cora, and I struggled between two and three stars - three for the historical research, two because the plot seemed too contrived, as if it existed just to deliver the details of the period. And those details were somewhat superficial. No build-up to Luise's being chosen for the dancing company's troupe. Few feelings expressed after Cora's sexuality was declared off-limits after the birth of her twins. And the twins were phantom characters - they might as well have been still-born for the little they added to the plot.
good story, but
maybe, but please don't use the fake Wichita, Wisconsin accent. No offense, have relatives in both states....
Joseph.... He was really patient and kind to Cora
Good story..I love anything 1920's and 30's........
Classic, classy, memorable.
Elizabeth McGovern is the perfect narrator for this, because she could play either Louise or Cora in the fim version. Truly enjoyed this from start to finish.
Cora trying to flirt her way into the records at the home was a comedy of errors! Loved it - would love to see it on the stage!
Let me work on that a little....
Like "Rules of Civility", this book casts you back into a time period that current culture tends to view as simpler than our own. It is not. Human nature doesn't change, and this lovely book illustrates that through characters drawn so completely I feel as if I know them myself.
Rarely are audiobooks enhanced by the narrator's performance, but I think this is the case with "The Chaparone." Ms. McGovern not only tells the story, but she also gives glimpses into the character's that would not have been there with any other narrator.
Good book, good story, GREAT narration.