Did not grab my attention initially but once it did I loved it. Great character development in a historical setting with literary liberties
A creative backstory behind Degas' dancers, what their lives might have been, struggling to survive in old Paris. The characters were fascinating, the narration brought them alive, and the emotional swings of the story kept me anxious to get back for more.
"This teacher says listening to the book is just as good as reading it!"
I really enjoyed this fact-based back story to Degas' famous sculpture "The little dancer of fourteen years". The two main characters: Antoinette and Marie, were very appealing and engaging. The subject matter, of the difficult lives of the 'petit rats' who barely lived above the poverty line and hoped for deliverance from the Paris Opera was also fascinating and enlightening. The fact that these ballet girls' lives were intertwined with a number of murders that scandalised 1880's Paris all made for a gripping tale.
There were numerous memorable moments, but Marie's audition for the cadre was a lovely moment.
It was fine, but (unlike The Poisonwood Bible) the voices were not individual enough to separate the characters easily.
i like to read. i like to listen.
what a well imagined and written story. you don't have to be a fan of Degas to enjoy the story "behind" his ballet paintings...thought, it's amazing how author wound a tale of sisterhood and misery and mistrust and love all based on images that Degas produced.
i was truly enthralled by each of the sister's stories (as they were told in alternate chapters), and of course the culminating final moments of their childhood stories were chilling and touching and exciting.
i'm assuming that the reader was supposed to have moments of falling deeply in love with the sisters, then feeling anger towards them, then sympathy, pity...running through the gamut of emotions for (and with) each of them. of course i had a "favorite" sister. whom i was rooting for and empathizing with and with whom i wanted to choose the right path for success.
i will confess, i did not like the way that Antoinette's narrator read her part. it took me a few chapters to separate myself from her reading of it...and just hear the words, not her reading. if it was solely narrated by her, I'm not sure i'd have gotten through it...and that would have been a real shame, as this is one of the best stories i've listened to in a while. Marie's narrator, however, was spot on.
i really truly loved this story. in itself it felt like a painted picture...which makes the writing a success.
I just couldn't seem to get into this story. The narration seemed hard to follow as well.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
Honestly, I tried. I even went away, read another one, and came back. Finally just deleted it. the book is beyond boring, and the reader is even worse.
Mainly, she was monotone. No variance to her voice. I'd drive along, and realize that I flat couldn't remember what she just read.
Editing, and definitely a new reader.
I do not recommend.