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.
Yes, she is a good writer and the narrators were excellent
Yes, but I hope she writes a better story. Some parts of the book were interesting; others were just boring. I did not like Hattie and found very little growth in her maturity level.
The narrator's performance kept the book moving along, even the boring parts.
No, because there were no likable characters in the book.
I started reading the book for my book club, but it didn't hold my attention enough to put aside chores in order to read it. When I downloaded the audiobook, I couldn't stop listening! So, yes, I would consider the audiobook better than print.
I liked that the story was told by different characters in the book. It made the story more complete for me.
No, I have never listened to other stories by these performers.
I would take Floyd, the musician out to dinner because I love music. I would want to talk about the different places he has played and all of the interesting people he has encountered.
This audiobook was a great listen.
The story was very entertaining, an easy read, the story kept you engaged throughout.
The ending when Hattie realize that the cycle of hardships that surrounded her family had to be broken with her grand daughter.
The scene when she lost her twins, most memorable and sad. this was the catalyst of Hattie's depth of sadness.
Yes, I had all sorts of feelings, sadness, mostly, for what her children experienced as a result of Hattie's issues.
Great book, it give you a lot to think about, how people internalize deep rooted feelings that have a fundamental impact on others lives.
This book was really good. Definitely worth the listen.
When Hattie left her husband.
When she came back from leaving here husband
What a remarkable story by first time author Anaya Mathis. We journey with Hattie Shepherd and her disconnected family as they fight for a connection with her.The story opens with her newborn twins Philadelphia and Jubilee’s death from pneumonia.
As if the death of her children weren't enough Hattie’s comes to realize that her husband August, reveals himself to be a cheat and a piss poor provider. So Hattie finds happiness with another and leaves August and goes to Baltimore,but as fast as she leaves she returns, memories from her past quickly begin to prick her heart. You see, when a sick heart is longing for another it’s hard to love the ones you’re with, but it’s easier to become cold. Hattie’s children began to feel that coldness which moved into her heart, and they began to resent her.
Will they come to terms with the fact that their mom cannot love them? Is it too much to ask children to understand that you are preparing them for the hurt in the world that is sure to come?
Mathis writes a beautiful but sometimes heart wrenching story of overcoming life’s challenges. Very interesting story of family crisis, love and pain.
The Great Gatsby
The narrator's performance was the only enjoyable thing about this book.
If I were an editor, I would have sent the book back.
I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.
This book was beautifully performed but the book itself failed to develop any one character enough to engage me. I did finish the read but, overall, it failed to intertwine the stories of the children enough to develop enough depth to hold my interest. At times, I wasn't sure who was who and why I cared. I admired Hattie's struggle and thought the story did portray the difficult and tragic lives of the times and the people.
Say something about yourself!
The characters-- They were so well developed and so lively. I was sad to get to the end of the book because I wanted to know what was happening with some of the characters.
Surprisingly, it was Hattie. In the beginning of the book, I could not understand her or relate to her choices. However, by the end of it, I was not only compassionate toward her, I was rooting for her. This progression showed me that when we encounter "seniors" we have no idea what complexities and traumas they had to navigate to get to the relative peace of their golden years.
There were several narrators, but I like the way the main narrator could change intonation in such a way to evoke the feeling of the character.
No. Because it was so good, I wanted to savor it. In fact, I read it on long walks and enjoyed the combination so much, I listened to it a second time.
When Oprah talked about how talented this writer was, she was not overstating things. I did a book review on my blog because I wanted other people to get this book!!!!!
Fair warning, this is not an uplifting book. However, the characters are rich and their storylines are complex and messy, in the way that families often are. This was one that I could not turn off. It is definitely worth your credit.