Perhaps I should not review this if I actually was unable to finish it, but I absolutely could not get over Elizabeth McGovern's performance of Cora with "old-lady" creakiness in her voice even though Cora is only 36! She comes across as Louise's crotchety old grandmother, instead of being a mature,but still vibrant, woman. I did not feel the story in the first quarter was compelling enough to make me forget about the part of the narration and I had to turn it off. Perhaps another time...
I was not aware of this book or even the author but chose it based on reviews I read here. Thank you! I loved this book and I think the narrator was the best that I've heard. It was both entertaining and thought provoking. I never, ever read or listen to books twice but I think this one will be my first.
Absolutely. It was engaging and personal, painting a very clear picture.
There were lots. The train rides (both for Cora as a child & then again as an adult to escort Louis to NY), learning to play "Graces", grown-up Louis chatting with Cora who sits on the bedroom floor, seeing the Jazz musical on Broadway, Cora & her beau buying the radio for the orphans...I could go on.
I loved it so much, I've listened to it twice. I'll probably listen to it a third time.
An entertaining listen. The Help is still my favorite
Cora coming home and finding her husband. I didn't see that coming.
Birth control, homosexuality, unwed motherhood, orphans, adoption, child abuse, and more all part of the plot, and in the 20"s when those were "in the closet" topics. Entertaining, enjoyable.
Who else, but Cora, of course! Loved her.
I enjoyed everything about EM's performance...wow!
Tears rolled near the end when Cora embraced Raymond.
Reviewer, Amanda said it so well. I find that I'm kind of speechless now that I have finished this wonderful story.
Vivid, Faithful, Engaging
The most memorable moment in the novel was Louise telling Cora about her past which gives you the opportunity to view vividly Cora's inner battle of the values/morals that she was raised with and the emerging perception that we are all imperfect yet worthy.
McGovern's easy transition from one accent to another and even tone, which seems so very true to the era that the novel is set.
Labor or Treasure?
What a waste of a credit, if you want the characters to anything interesting, don't read this book.
Not necessarily. I LOVE listening to all my Audible books on tapes, but Elizabeth Montgomery's "lilt" is not so much an English lilt (as Jess from NJ complained) as I think her pronunciations are typical of extensive elocution lessons. And I found her pronunciations annoying. PAIRents (with a sort or rolling r, as the Irish might pronounce it) -- KLEEN with a big emphasis on the "CL" sound -- and PLEEEEZED -- Tyewsday, instead of Tuesday ---- NYEWS, instead of news -- a NYEW dress -- does it SYEWT you, instead of "does it suit you" (said as we Americans say suit ---- countless examples. The way she says "turn" -- and "return" -- ewww. It's just quite annoying to listen to, really. But it's a really good story, and I adore Elizabeth McGovern in Downton Abbey. The elocution works well in Downton Abbey... But I'd like to hear someone else narrate this, honestly. How about Susan Sarandon -- how about Julianne Moore. Anyone really.
I loved how wonderful the Kaufman's were to Cora. I liked how the janitor decided to help her. I'm still listening at this point.
I described this above.
I think the chaperone.
A very good story.
Surprising, historical, interesting
It was different than most of the mystery or romance novels I read. Different character types, different story lines. I really liked it. Usually I can always guess what's going to happen, but not this time!
I really enjoyed this book, especially the follow up with all the characters. There are plenty of interesting plot twists to keep you interested to know more and keep on reading/listening. I like historical fiction a lot, and I have already recommended this book to a few people.