A satisfying but not brilliant re-working of the sad story of Zelda Fitzgerald. Enjoyable certainly, but no 'Paris Wife.' Worth the effort for the small sections of interesting writing.
The narration is good, though the Southern accent got slightly cloying at times.
Zelda and Scott lived.in a society newly created - the Jazz Age. It is hard for us now to understand how fast and furious the Victorian Age dissolved and its mores were shoved aside. They knew everyone in the literary world worth knowing and we get to have a glimpse of them. In addition, this is the story of a marriage, and some interesting facts about concepts of mental health at thar time. I would like to add that I thought the narrator was outstanding. Will look for her reading other books.
In a year when there is much focus on Scot Fitzgerald and his Gatsby, this alternate view of him from Zelda's perspective enriches the discussion of his legacy. More than that, it provides a delightful experience on its on.
Zelda Fitzgerald is a fascinating person, one who should not be relegated to just a footnote to the life of her husband. Theirs is a tragic story, but an amazing tale of two talented, though less than stable, individuals who shared a love of life and of each other, but who neither had the strength to provide the emotional support the other desperately needed.
The narrator does an excellent portrayal of a south Alabama accent, evoking the time and place without falling into the common trap of overdoing it. Only one slip up in the pronunciation of the name of Zelda's high school, Lanier, named for poet Sidney Lanier and still in existence. Still, overall the performance is excellent, portraying Zelda as both a young and a mature woman, and making her believable in both.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
Without giving details away, I really liked this new telling of Zelda. Instead of being cast as yet again, the crazed selfish enigmatic muse that brings Fitzgerald down- she is in this story a smart, sassy, creative woman WAY ahead of her time. I really enjoyed this audio and have recommended it to many friends. It is very interesting, well written and perfectly narrated.
I liked Zelda and F.Scott's budding romance. It was sweet and charged with lots of chemistry. They were so drawn to each other and as their relationship grew you could see how they fused and how easily they could inflict each other equally with pain or happiness.
no tag line, i think "Z" would do.
Worth the download. And man, Hemmingway is a total douchebag!
Added Audible to my 2 hour commute, consuming books at rapid pace, and rating books based on keeping me engaged and making time fly!
Not a student of the jazz age or even early 20th century literature, I was fascinated by the colorful lives of the many individuals in Zelda's circle, most especially her own and F. Scott. An entertaining blend of history, literature, and the trappings of mental illness, the narration captured the superficial but creative and captivating mind of Zelda Fitzgerald. Makes me want to return to the Great Gatsby and other short stories. Maybe even introduce myself to Ernest Hemingway. Who knew of the intersection between these famous figures?
I am not sure how much of the blame to assign to the author, and how much to Scott for this story being so depressing, and at times even infuriating. Long before it ended I wished that Zelda had done as her father bid, and married a nice rich Southern boy, and remained in a town where she was loved and in all her daring and eccentricity still supported and possibly understood.
Although I am familiar with Scott's works, this was my introduction to the Fitzgeralds, and I would not wish to meet them again. I am strongly considering returning the book. I doubt I will read anything written by the author again. It was too fluffy at times, skimming what might be considered common knowledge, and focusing on the gaps as she fills them in with her own imagination, like a lumpy cake with too much icing. It was uneven in my perception due to this, I felt as though I had to Google my way through the book, filling in details.
Ultimately the book was Scott's story, you might hate him after this. What a despicable person in Fowler's hands, and I don't want to waste more time investigating, seeking any clues to the contrary. He and Hemingway made me sick, the doctors made me angry, and Z just made me sad, both the woman and the novel. I regret the purchase.
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Jenna Lamia's narration was fine, although a bit uneven. She starts strong, her pacing and voice thoughtful and evocative, but later on she loses her focus and speeds up, seeming to forget that she's portraying a first person who is Southern and genteel and from an earlier time. It pulled me out of the story a few times. Still, she's one of the best Southern voices I've ever heard in narration, it never felt forced or fake, and this from a Southerner who takes that upper case "S" seriously.
The narrator and the author... but that's it.
It made Zelda's Fitzgerald's life boring....
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I have always been enamored by the 1920s. Little did I know, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were responsible for shaping the "Jazz Age" into what it was!
Their lives were filled with partying, drinking, and erratic behavior. F. Scott was always trying to reach that ever elusive fame and Zelda was always chasing her purpose in life. They were really toxic for one another. Both had addictive personalities! Zelda was better off without him!
I can see how she was Daisy Buchanan and he would be Gatsby. He was always trying to prove himself to her as this magnificent writer. Both struggled with identity.
When you read this book, you will not like F. Scott nor Ernest Hemingway. It will be a little difficult to keep up with the friends in their ever-growing circle. They were well-known back in the 20s & 30s but people nowadays wouldn't know who they are so it was hard for me to picture them.
It was a good book!
I cannot believe how good this story was read, each accent performed was superb. The story on the other hand was surprisingly tragic, well written, and very insightful, but difficult emotionally at times. I certainly wouldn't take back reading it!
Wasn't very familiar with the history of the Fitzgeralds so the more I read the more I loved it! Very interesting and wild lives this 2 led. I enjoy historical fiction and this one was one the best ones I've read so far!