This novel was read beautifully by Jenna Lamia. She really captured the voice of Lily.
This story captures the culture of the 60s in the South in a beautiful, rather than tragic way. The story of her discovering who she is - no doubt a result of her past, and a child of the South, but not one to be stuck in the mire of either - is an inspiring one. We should all learn to love so readily.
I think all women have That Friend -- the one who, no matter their age when they met -- is knit into their soul. I know I do - and I couldn't help but think of our relationship as I read the story of Kate and Tully. We met as awkward teenagers and now - at 30 - we remain close friends, despite the distance that separates us.
I think that's a high praise of this book. While it is very specific in its place in history -- very informed by the culture of the years it's written of -- the heart of the story is timeless. Absolutely nothing can replace a best friend. And a best friend - despite her flaws and the stark differences in your lives - is seamlessly and inescapably attached to you ... Always.
I don't know anything about Sweden, so the scenery and history of the location becomes a character in his fast-moving plot. I learned a lot about the area - lots of details that shouldn't be skimmed over, lest the story lose some impacting details. (Particularly the details about the Vanger family's political affiliations.)
Mikhail and Lisbeth, of course.
This is among my favorite audiobooks. I'm a Beatles fan and really enjoyed this honest, intimate view of John's early adult years from the perspective of his first wife. It wasn't particularly well-written and I don't think it bared any details that we didn't know already, or that we couldn't have easily surmised. But fans of the Beatles will probably enjoy the intimate perspective of a woman who loved John.
It's no surprise that there is no love lost between Cynthia Lennon and Yoko Ono -- understandably so. The fact that Yoko is still alive at all means Cynthia handled that situation better than I would've! But you can tell from the final three chapters of this book that Cynthia definitely had an agenda that wasn't JUST to remember John. After John's death, there maybe should've been one final chapter, discussing his children (specifically Julian) and John's legend and lasting cultural impact. But we got two additional chapters, discussing conflicts with Yoko even years after John's death. Now, I'm no fan of Yoko Ono, but this just seemed a little out of place with the rest of the book being portrait of John. I feel like she maybe should've just stuck with that. And then she should write a separate book about Yoko, that man-stealing cow. :)
Story - while a typical Sparks story - is sentimental mush that's nice to get involved in on occasion.
Good escape literature. Nothing to take too seriously.
Oh my. This narrator is not cut out for this genre. His voice reminds me of a less-pleasant and engaging John Tesh. His female voices are bad enough to be outright distracting, not to mention the in-genuine Southern ICK he applies to every female. And every time he does Victor's voice, Victor's accent changes from Russian to Italian to nondescript-European? It's just odd.
YES!! The voices that these ladies capture ... it just MAKES this book. I am so pleased to have this audiobook in my collection. I will listen to it over and over.
This book was my 2nd audiobook experience and it almost ruined me for audiobooks in the future. The next book I listened too seemed so dry in comparison!
It is impossible to pick just one. I just love all the characters so much. Abilene with "her children". Minnie with Miss Celia. Skeeter and the complexities of her story that just can't be glanced over as (I feel) they were in the movie.
Don't watch the movie; Listen to the audiobook. :)
(Just kidding. The movie was good too. But the book - as always - was just so much better.)
I call myself a lover of the 50s and 60s. The Kennedys. The Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. The simpler times. The music. And this book had them all -- all the nostalgia that I have for a time I never knew, without glossing over the 'ugly' parts - the racism and the Cold War elements, in particular.
I just loved the story of "George" and Sadie. It tied the whole book together beautifully.
He really performed this novel. This was my first time hearing one of his performances and with the breadth of characters, and a different voice for each one - even taking regional diction and accents into account. This was quite an undertaking. He made it a fun listen.
Oh, yes. Several. I was moved to tears several times -- particularly during the "Of Mice and Men" play and even the Jamboree specials. And no one could avoid being pulled in to the story as it reached its ultimate climax when the heroes were in the textbook depository with Oswald. A moment in history where they had the opportunity to affect the WORLD. King wrote this beautifully.
The story began to drag a little in the middle; but not to the point I ever considered not listening! I highly recommend! Enjoyed immensely.
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