After listening to/reading The Help I was disappointed in this book. It just seemed to go on and on with one life story after another - somewhat like a soap opera. Performance was excellent, however!
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I really salute Ayana Mathis for creating this world of Hattie's that not only kept me wanting to read more, but beautifully weaved and intertwined each story, while maintaining the unique voice to each chapter.
There were so many moments in this book that lingered with me, and had me imagining life as Hattie or one of her children and the defining moments of their lives. And the narrators did a fantastic job in further sinking me into the story. Mathis was very convincing in creating so many emotionally real and sadly tragic characters I will not soon forget.
The narration was on point. I could really get into the story and loved the way the narrator was able to move in and out of the period dialect and tone.
No. I actually liked the way it was broken up into short stories that were eventually strung together
The book did not leave me completely satisfied in the end. I felt the last quarter of the book were a bit rush and maybe not as well laid out as others.
I would listen to this book again. I feel like I would be able to get a better understanding of the characters.
I enjoyed the descriptive writing and the time progression in this story
There was more than one narrator in this book. The different narrators added to the story.
This book is a little lengthy to sit and listen to in 1 sitting.
Yes, I enjoyed listening to this book.
Yes, I would read another book from this author. Hopefully "Tribes" was an appetizer to more "meaty" work.
I would not say this narrator added nor took away from this book. She performed as expected.
This book had an interesting storyline and started out well. As the tale went along I felt the author got sloppy with her writting. I found it confusing when the children were introduced at random times, as adults. There was no history to reflect on to understand the characters and their flaws except that they were the offspring of Hattie. Each lacked dimension and I found myself asking out loud, "What's going on?" I see the direction the author was headed in but she just didn't seem to get there completely. Overall, this was an ok book. No where close to terrible but not amazing. Hattie was a very sad, angry woman that probably should of never had one child let alone twelve. Unfortunately the reader wasn't privey to the root cause of her anger and sadness.
an oprah book..heavy duty but very very compelling and a powerfull look at a
african american household mid 20th century with too many kids and an
I did not care much for this book. It seemed as though this book jumped around and it was sometimes hard to follow. I did not care for the narrators. I listened to this book up until the last chapter; at that point, I had had enough and wanted to listen to something I enjoyed more. Maybe this book would be more enjoyable if I read the book instead of listening to it. There are so many good books out there with amazing narrators! I was annoyed with myself that I used up a credit on this book. I do not recommend this.
The book reads like a series of short stories that could have been better tied together. Hattie's story is interesting, we get enough of her story to emotionally invest in the character and to want more of her story. We do not get enough of the other character's stories to emotionally invest in their stories.
The lack of character development
This was a recommend read and I thought that I was not going to enjoy it, however it was a pretty good read. It starts out a little slow, but it gets a lot better. The narrative of the children and grandchildren lives tell the story of Hattie. Some chapters I went over again because I thought I missed something. Some of the characters just ends and leaves you hanging wondering what happens next with that person.
I generally don't like Oprah's recommendations. But this one came highly recommended, so I gave it a try. The narration was great. Very well done. The book may have been well-written, but was really a series short stories about people at perhaps the most miserable stages of their lives. The book was about Hattie's children, but I never really got a sense of them as a family, since each story was self-contained. Unless you're a true devotee of Oprah's recommendations, I wouldn't suggest this as a read for anyone.