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.
Yes, It was so well read and i became involved in the movements and actions
When she allowed herself to become empowered and acted for herself, raher then the times. Very dignified and soft
No but I am have always enjoyed her performances as a teen in Ordinary People and Downton Abbey.
This was so much more that the "dust cover" describes. The narrator and the story had me hooked in the first minute and kept me enchanted through the entire book.
I love meaningful stories with strong female characters which end well.
I loved every minute of it.
Yes I would recommend this book beacause the story is told well and timeless. It made me think of when you observe an older person and wonder how much they really know or wonder what were they like when they were younger or when you find out something about them that's surprising.
The most memorable moment was Cora finding out her husband's secret. The anger, frustration, and eventual acceptance was so well-written that it was palpable.
I liked everything about her performance. I am probably a little biased because I am a big Downton Abbey fan and the fact that there are some similarities to the time period and the main character being named Cora was subconsciously appealing to me. But, the way that she performed and evoked so many emotions and accents was amazing!
That's hard. Eventhough her life was so full, I learned so much about Cora in the story. I would take Allen, Cora's husband, because I would like to know more about his personal struggle and how he came to the realization of who he truly was and if he ever felt fullfilled.
I LOVE this story. I prefer historical fiction and was first drawn to this story because of it being set in the 20's. The way that the author seemlessly moved you through Cora's life with flashes of the future while continuing the main timeline was genius to me. I also like the fact that although this was Cora's story, you met such interesting and rich characters throughout the story. I also like the way social issues were dealt with without getting preachy. Things just were as they were. The main theme of this story for me was acceptance- choosing to accept your life, others, your circumstances, who you are, who you will be, and taking control to make things more acceptable to you.
I love Elizabeth McGovern!! I was hooked on Downton Abby and it was nice to hear her narrate this.
The story moved along, and I didn't ever want to shut it off. I couldn't wait to see what happen in the next chapter.
Absolutely! I even had it on at the gym instead of exercise music!
This was a great one, don't miss out on this one.