I didn't always care for Anne's personality or her choices. I thought that it was a very slow start. The beginning seemed almost absurd... as in why am I even listening about this woman? I did not choose this book. I read it for a book club assignment. Even though this is fiction based on real life, the author stays very close to real life. It was in making notes for the book club meeting that I realized how much the book got me to thinking about love, marriage, loyalty, choosing a partner, living life fully and wanting more. I also recently visited the Smithsonian and I saw the Lindbergh exhibit there as well as Charles Lindbergh's plane. After seeing that plane it is fairly astounding that he undertook a 33 hour flight in it. Visiting the Air & Space museum when I did really reinforced the degree of courage and adventure that this husband and wife shared. Personally I was not well aware of the Lindbergh's story but I will say that I was touched by the bipolarity of the highs and lows in their lives...If you get this definitely listen to the author's discussion at the end. I think that Melanie Benjamin is a good storyteller and I would not hesitate to try another one of her books, this being my first.
You're most likely not going to come away liking Charles. In the end, r's not about him anyway. Good story but it didn't grab me until chapter 4 or so
I thought this book was too dramatic and had too much information. I question if the information regarding his "extra" lives should have been revealed. Ann and Charles said they would not reveal this. After all, I am sure there are at least grandchildren still alive.
So disappointed in this audiobook ! It would have been such an interesting listening experience with a different narrator. Lorna Raver sounds much too old and gives an overly dramatic (almost melodramatic) reading to much of the story. I almost gave up because the narration was so grating.
A Brave Lady
Any autobiography. The truth is so hard to accept when you see someone in Hero Status.
The conversation between Schwarzkopf and Ann about how to handle Charles during the kidnapping incident.
Ann. She was an amazing lady with so much class.
My hero worshiping of Charles went into the toilet when I found out he has 3 totally seperate family's in Germany, while he treated Ann so coldly & uncaring without any emotional support. I went down the Road To Hana in Maui just to see his graveside. Yes, it was beautiful and I thought, Good for you Ann for having a say in where you want to be buried. Certainly not with him!!!
I have to say the narrator's voice was very annoying. Her reading was a bit too dramatic for my taste. There were many times I was ready to give up on the audio version, and go to the print, but I persisted.
I was disappointed in the quality of the writing. I agree with a previous listener that it was more appropriate as a young adult selection..
The book did, however, prompt me to do further reading about Charles Lindbergh.
I learned a lot I never knew about Charles and Anne Lindbergh. I understand that it is more about their marriage than the heroics, but the author seemed to really drag out the ruminations. I ended up playing it on 1 1/4 speed.
Probably lower middle
It wasn't a gem of writing competence, but I did like learning about the story behind the folklore.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I warmed to the book as the story unfolded. It stimulated me to research the facts.
This is a wonderful take on Anne Morrow Lindberg and her life being married to someone always in the spotlight. The narrator for this is perfect, and sounds like I would imagine Mrs. Lindberg to sound...couldn't be better. When it was over, I missed being in on Anne's thoughts and observations...wish I had known her. This is also the story of any woman married to someone bigger than life and trying to not get lost in it in the hype surrounding them. Highly recommend. Good book club book too.
I listened to half of this before deciding to call it quits. I was getting really annoyed with the narrator - Anne Morrow Lindbergh - and I didn't want to spend another 8 hours with her. Part of it was the reader's voice, which I found somewhat grating. Most of it was the character's personality. Passive, spoiled, and in thrall to her thoroughly unpleasant husband Charles Lindbergh. Melanie Benjamin's may have done a good job of portraying these two as they really were, but the result is a book that holds no interest for me.