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.
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and was always intrigued by the Anne Morrow Lindbergh story. This book made her even more compelling, and was great when it came time for discussion. I recommend it!
While I liked the story, it was very difficult to reconcile the narrator's voice to the time when Anne Morrow was, say, younger than 80. It made Anne seem old even when she was young and stole authenticity.
One of my favorite books is Anne's Gift from the Sea. I've given it many times to friends. This historical novel really opened my eyes about the challenges of her life and her dreams and gave me quite a different context for her own novel. A must read, but if you don't know a lot about the Lindberghs, be prepared for some surprises. Love how strong this woman was, through it all.
This is the tale of two deeply flawed people, told from the viewpoint of one of them: Anne Morrow Lindbergh. And, it must be remembered, it is a novel, not a biography. Anne would not have felt that her own affair was in the same class as Lindbergh's -- why should it be expected that she would be objective about such a subject? I am sure Lindbergh married Anne because he needed an acolyte to make him feel more secure; repeatedly it is stressed that he only felt really comfortable tinkering with his planes and flying solo. He was uneasy with people. Anne, on the other hand, was, by her own admission, plain, gawky, and shy, and was thrilled that such a celebrity wanted her. Even on their pioneering air trips, she was his "crew", not his "co-pilot". He bolstered his own self-confidence by constantly "teaching" her, attempting to control all aspects of her life, and making sure she was grateful to him for it all. It took her a while, but she does describe him, after years, as a bully -- and bullies are always afraid of their own inadequacies.
Neither was prepared for the celebrity, which was less common back then [I find myself reminded of Prince Charles and Diana, although the Prince was raised to be a celebrity], with its concomittant complete loss of privacy [although, during the time they lived out of the limelight in Germany, they actually found the cessation of publicity also difficult to live with], and for parenthood -- or for the tragedy they suffered. When you think of it, it was quite remarkable that Anne managed to surmount the pressures on her to the extent she did.
Lindbergh's social attitudes, it has to be remembered, were not extreme for his time. There was a general assumption that the "white races" represented the best in civilization, and there was a pervasive attitude that Jews were "different". [Just look at an author like Dorothy L. Sayers for her "genteel" anti-semitism, btw]. Politically, he was by no means the only naif of the period, but his pronouncements carried weight because he was in the public eye. It is hard for us now to remember just how much has changed in the past 60+ years.
A number of reviewers did not like Ms. Raver's narration. I found it very good, precisely because her voice is that of a mature woman, and because she is capable of emotion. Neither did I find the book overwritten. The sense of time and place is well-created; the personalities of both Lindberghs are well-delineated, with all their warts. It is difficult to make dysfunctional people [and relationships] believeable but Ms. Benjamin does so. In my opinion, this is one of the best books I have listened to recently.
A different narrator
Didn't get to the End - the narrator's voice was too annoying.
Disappointment - I want to hear the story but the narrator sounded like an old lady, with out inflections in her voice for the various characters. Her voice was so unappealing I had to stop listening to the book. If we could return these - this is one to return.
This may be a book better off read.
I enjoy historical fiction, humor, and biographies. I listen to my Audible books as I drive in my car or on my IPhone.
I totally enjoyed the narration of this story. Very enjoyable.
Enjoyed the part of Mrs. Lindbergh's first flight. The author made it very entertaining and one could only imagine what it must have felt like in a time when aviation was being introduced to the world!
Mrs. Raver brought a lot of emotion to this book. I would love to read other novels she has narrated.
Yes, I wanted to cry when I reached the end of this book. It gave me an utmost respect for Mrs. Lindbergh.
This is an amazing story! The author did an incredible job at keeping me hooked and interested. She made me go to all the places the main character went. I was happy with her, I grieved with her and when it was over I wanted more, great listen!
Definitely NOT by the narrator, Lorna Raver. Hatred her grouchy, old lady voice so much so that I couldn't listen any longer.
History proves this could be a good historical fiction novel but I really hated the readers whinny voice.