It ranks right up there at the top, one of my very favorites.
There was so much revealed about the Lindbergh's that I never knew so I felt like I really learned a lot about a important part of history
She was wonderful narrating this story. Her voice mesmerized me and she changed her voice perfectly for the different characters. I love listening to books but all narrators are not as talented as Lorna. She is tops.
No. I wanted it to last forever so listened an hour a day and am now listening to it again.
I recommend this book highly. It will not disappoint
I would not listen to it again. I seldom listen to books twice. However, I am glad I listened to it the first time.
The kidnapping of their son, Charlie, and the events that surrounded it.
Anne would have to be the most memorable character. Her development into a stronger woman throughout the story made her more likable.
If you are on the fence about listening to this novel, go ahead and try it. I seldom give any book a 5.
As an avid amirer of Anne Morrow Lindberg, I found this book to be unrealistic of her real life. The author has taken QUITE THE LIBERTY, and I think it's a sad interpretation of Ms. Lindberg's life, omitting her true character and accomplishments in the delivery, as well as hinting at some type of bias on Ms. Benjamin's part against Lindberg himself.
My grandmother actually traveled in their circle for over a decade, and this was a horribly inaccurate rendition of their life together. It begs the question as to why the author chose to portray them with this particular slant. It was a very tedious, slow delivery, and felt like an amateur author's boring imagination on display. Quite a disappointing read.
Really good book -- I knew very little about the Lindberghs so it was a wonderful journey to learn about Charles and Anne. Very well written -- will look for other books by this author now. My only complaint was the narrator -- she seemed just plain old tired.
I loved the narration and the story.
Well definitely the protagonist. I think her character and temperament were amazing.
No I havent. But she was really very good.
The admirable wife.
This audiobook is worth every dime. It's read beautifully and the story is great. I would definitely recommend it.
At the end of the book, Melanie Benjamin says that the purpose of historical fiction is to pique the reader's interest to find out more about the subject. This book did that. She referenced a biography by Susan Hertog about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I listened to that book immediately after this one, wanting to know more. Benjamin borrows heavily on the facts in Hertog's biography. Skip Hertog's book, knowing that Benjamin has the facts correct but adds the color in just the right hue and amount to accomplish her goal. I learned much about the Lindberg's and the history of the U.S. and Europe at the time but became totally immersed in the actual story. Great book. I still want to know more so Reeve Lindbergh's books about her mother, are on my reading list now.
Remarkable story, based on truth and the lives of two people who accomplished much, lived through such awful heartache and trauma, who demonstrated how foolish and false we can be in our younger years, and yet survived to go on and raise a family and live out their lives. This book gave perspective to their lives, and established a possible rational for their behaviors...their choices made, good and bad. It did what all good books do, it made me research further those in the story...determine what became of her family, her children, and his children in Europe. It is well worth the read...or time to listen.
It helped me to understand these two lives, and how they survived through greatness, and loss, and trauma, and stupidity, and the simple living out of their lives. It confirmed what we already suspected, that greatness can be achieved, and yet often one is not prepared for the fall--out that follows.... That even with unbelieveable loss and horror, the human spirit strives to survive, and find love in this life we are given.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was well performed, yet I can not say her character was a favorite. As a senior, and a retired college professor, I understand my mother's generation and their limitations as women; but I still wanted to shake this woman until her brain engaged.... I also understand loving a man whole heartedly, but still know to be true to yourself. She was a Smith graduate, and her mother became an example to women of her time, yet she still bought into Nazi German concepts...and she tried to tell us it was her husband, even her family was shocked....
Lorna Raver was just excellent in her performance of this book, well read.
A Woman's story...Endured!
At times I felt this book was a defense of her behavior, yet with the tragic loss of her son who could blame her for not thinking clearly. And, at times this book made me bored with her "door mat" behavior--this from an intelligent woman, an educated woman, a well positioned woman. I have seen the Spirit of St. Louis, and it is amazing what Charles A. Lindbergh accomplished, and how it colored his life from that moment on, and her's too, was what made this a well written book.
No although it was well written it's not the kind of book I would listen to a second time
I enjoyed the historical nature of the story
The cadence was very good
The Lindberg kidnapping was very sad
there were many historical facts I was not aware of
Yes and have. It's more of a women's book with a lot of details on emotion and feelings. I read one of the biographies of Charles a few years back and thought him a cad. My husband that he was just a wonderful, admirable man. This book totally justifies my feelings.
The paris wife.
I thought the beginning slow and a little maudlin, but after a while it picked up and kept me fully interested.
When I dislike a book on audio, my first thought is that the performance may have tainted my opinion. With that in mind, the Lindberg story is a great story. But, I longed for more of the sensational storyline less of Anne's perspective. Unfortunately, this story is just that, Anne's perspective. After so many hours of this book, one can predict how Anne is going to react and there are no surprises. Actually, there is one big surprise at the end. And, the ending saved the book for me. Otherwise, it would have been a one star rating from me. I have to believe that if this book were by Patterson or Grisham, it would be a thriller and one couldn't put it down. For me, I hardly made it through until the end.