A few reviewers felt this book was too long but I enjoyed every second of it. I listened to it twice now. I think I have a new favorite author/reader combination. The story is heart-warming. It was a great relief from the overly-detailed sex scenes of some writers and the tortures that some writers feel are necessary to make a story interesting. The narration is perfect. I can see why Jenna Lamia is an award-winner. I hope to find more like this.
I feel this book was totally slow...hard to get in to and after only 45 mins. I'm returning it.In my opinion it's not worth a credit. I admit I purchased it solely on the reviews, but, as much as I wanted to like it and as much as I like the narrator, I just couldn't get in to it. It was just fluffy and lacking (in my opinion) anything that really grabbed me enough to want to even finish. Maybe it got better but I have to be honest, I just couldn't listen any more.
Long commute; lots of books.
One of the main themes of the novel revolves around the disappearance of the protagonist's brother. While the plot continues to come back to this event in flashback and in the main character's current life, the resolution of this theme is very unsatisfying and trite. Even I could write a book whose plot is essentially, "I didn't understand the meaning of life until I realized love for myself and acceptance of the flaws of those around me can bring inner peace."
Jenna Lamia is, as ever, an excellent narrator for the Southern gentlewoman.
I first listened to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt an really enjoyed he characters and pacing of the story.
This story has equally wonderful characters and Jenna Lamia is a superb reader. She can go between character voices with ease and the listener knows automatically who is then speaking in the story. She's marvelous.
Although this story does have a problem and resolution it is more subtle. This is more of a narrative slice of life story, which was exactly what I was looking for.
Just like many other readers I loved Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman. It was a wonderful southern story of family and loss and hope.
Teddi was someone I'd love to know. Passionate and loving it is her journey and her story. It is told from her point of view and what a voice. From early on she loved all things ancient and antique - sold them at her farm gate until later on she opened a shop in Charleston. I loved that she had two mentors who happened along at the right time and helped her along with her passion. An expert on antiques and an expert in opening a business. She also had loyal friends and workers. She had a grandma in her nineties and Teddi took good care of her and her grandma took good care of Teddi.
While she is successful in business she has losses to face and grieving to do for all that she has lost and none so dear as her younger brother Josh who has a passion for protecting nature and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds their Kentucky farm. When he disappears one day, Teddi almost never gives up hope that he is alive somewhere. Sometimes the signs seem to say he may have died, but Teddi leaves messages for him. When the time comes to face the fact that she cannot keep the farm she makes some decisions that are brave and thoughtful.
This is a story of wonder and joy, heartbreak and sadness, humour and quirkiness. It's a tale of love - Teddi's love for many people and places and things. Teddi finds love with someone in an unexpected place and while it did not take centre stage it was a nice touch.
Jenna Lamia did a fine job narrating this book, her voices for various characters was great, her pacing and expression - wonderful. She was Teddi! I would happily listen to any book she narrates. This book was already excellent but with her narration Jenna took it up to another level again.
Really wanted this to be good... But it felt like 3 different novels . 42 chapters ??
I lost interest and finished it, but was unsatified
Lovely, heartbreaking writing
Josh. Such a mysterious boy . . .
I was AMAZED at how easily she slips in and out of character for all the various people in this beautiful, funny, sad, smart book. Truly one of the best readers/actors I've heard on audible.com!
Yes, I didn't expect to. Loved Ms. Hoffman's other book, SAVING CEE CEE HONECUTT and expected this to be a light, summery read (listen:-) It was that, but it broke my heart more than once with the beauty of her writing, the intricate storytelling, and the complicated characters.
I enjoy audible so very much . . . and among the many terrific books I've loved here, this is my favorite. So far:-)
I listened to this straight after Beth Hoffman's Saving CeCe Hunnicutt (which I also enjoyed). It is a gentle, warm. easy listen. What really made it special for me was Jenna Lamia's narration. I'm also a voiceover artist, so I'm quite fussy, and will stop listening for reasons that may not bother others. This, I could listen to forever!
If you enjoy Fannie Flagg, Lorna Landvick, Bille Lettes or any of the other glorious Southern authors, you'll love Beth Hoffman.
Jenna Lamia is always perfection as far as I'm concerned.
No big laughs or tears, just 12 hours of warm pleasure.
The story is quite different to Saving CeCe Hunnicutt, which was a sweeter story, aimed at a younger audience. This has a little more grit. I finished it today, in part because of a lengthy bus delay, which i didn't even get cranky about because of this lovely book.