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.
I loved everything about this book. Well written with brilliant characters and a fabulous story. Elizabeth McGovern was a brilliant reader and gave a very clear picture of each character. This is a story that grabs you from the very first and doesn't let go until the very last word.
Excellent performance by Elizabeth McGovern! I truly enjoyed the character of Cora and the depth of her character as the storyline unfolded. Although taking place in the 20's, the issues were very poignant for today. A truly engaging and wonderful experience.
Definitely! I didn't want the story to end. It was very unpredictable. I couldn't tell where the story was going, and I was surprised several times.
Dealt with social morays in time periods that where these things were not heard of, but it was never preachy.
She sounded like the voice that would have spoke in my own head. Good regional accents
This was a wonderful, complex historical novel that captivated me from the start. I felt it was narrated very well and an overall great experience. Highly recommend!
Cora and Joseph were my favorite characters. I loved getting to know Cora and getting to listen to her grow as a person throughout the whole story. Joseph was wonderful because of how openand accepting he was.
It took me about an hour to get used to the narrators voice, but then after that, I really loved listening to her. I also really loved how the different characters had different accents.
Louise is by far the most memorable character. She is so different than any of the other characters in the story. She is also a continuous theme throughout the whole story.
Wonderful read! I would highly reccomend this!