While clearly not for everyone, this book is beautifully and believably written and beautifully read. It is a small window into a fascinating time and place. Ideas, taken for granted now, but novel at the time, presented in historical context (as opposed to, say, in one's college math class) can elicit quite a different reaction. And it is written with humor. I have loved every minute and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. I loved every minute of it. This is one of those experiences where I couldn't wait to get back to listening to see what would happen next, yet wanted to savor the story and the language, and not have it end. Kingsolver does a surprisingly good job reading (surprising because she is a writer, after all, not as far as I know a narrator, and also because there are a LOT of very different characters in this book). Far and away the best part of her narration is the voice she gives to Violet Brown. Don't miss this!
This audiobook is a treasure. Cather's story and Patrick Lawlor's reading combine to create an experience that surpasses all expectation. You will believe that Jim Burden truly is telling you this tale, and with imagery so vivid that you may believe that his memories are your own. I want everyone I know to listen to this book! I know I will be listening to this one again. Thank you Mr. Lawlor!
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