Lots of potential here, but somehow never quite came together. Hattie's character is never fully developed as she threads through the stories from her children's lives. I was left with too many disconnects even though it was apparent that the author attempted a ribbon of connection through the individual stories. Putting all I learned about Hattie throughout the book together still left me with an incomplete character who never became real or sympathetic. The first chapter was the closest it got and from then on I lost sight of the real Hattie a little at a time. Overall I found the book frustrating, individual stories were well written, but they were way too loosely held together to be a coherent novel. I'll be anxious to watch this author grow and mature, she definately has the talent to become something amazing.
This book was so complex, following Hattie's life and her children's lives. What an effort for a first time author! Truly enjoyed listening to this book!
I found the author jumped around with the characters way too much and it seemed the author never put any finishing touches with any of the characters. What was the point of the story? I never could make sense of it.
A better narrator.
Didn't make it to the ending. Couldn't finish.
I felt the narration in this book was very amatuerish, not at all up to Audible's usual standards. I found it to be "over-acted" and exaggerated, almost to the extent of caricature.
I have read or listened to many books recommended by Oprah, and was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to finish this one. I think the story had great potential, and perhaps I will read it in print version at some point.
Life is too short to read bad books. Or listen to them. Move on. (this wan't exactly a bad book, but it was a bad audiobook)
The main reader was great. The other readers had really flat intonation
Hattie, boy did she evolve, and you knew why she evolved the way she did.
I would listen to it again to understand what I missed the first time.
I would compare this book to Mama Flora's Family by Alex Haley and David Stevens
When Hattie was in church with her Granddaughter
I loved the characters, and how they all viewed their mother. It's always amazed me how siblings can grow up on the same household, but turn out different.
I enjoyed hearing about each child
The emotion in he voice. It's very moving.
For some reason Six sticks out to me. I think it's because I view his eventual outcome, based on Hattie's revelation, as typical southern preacher.
The varied saga of Hattie's life. Eeach character was unique in the drama of thebook. Each tells its own story as one of Hatties children.
This is my first and I enjoyed listening to the work of Ms. Mathis and was very pleased. Great writing, performance and narrating.
I had a few; the death of Philadelphia and Jubilee; Six as a preacher in Alabama and Floyd and Lafayette, Lawrence and Bell and Hattie. They all sound like real-life dramas.
"And they say"
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I did not know what to expect. Thought it was just another slavery story but was very pleased with the build-up of the characters and the performances and narrations were great! I gathered strength from Hattie and her woes. I was surprised by the abrupt ending which led me wonder if a second book is in the making. In all of the hurt that Bell felt toward Hattie, Hattie was there for Bell in the end.
Great work Ms. Mathis
No, unfortunately not. I REALLY wanted to love this book, but came away disappointed. Story wasn't particularly interesting. And the writing style . . . seems like a little bit of editing would have gone a long way.
The scenes written from Cassie's perspective as she struggles with mental illness.
I was never able to develop any empathy or admiration for any of the characters. I was relieved when I finally finished it. Best of the "tribes" was the story of Ella and Pearl and I would have liked to heard more of that one. The most likeable character was August even though he was a no account lady's man for most of the novel. He loved his children and wife and I wonder how he felt about giving up Ella. Did he know? I did not care for Hattie at all.