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.
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