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  • The Man Who Loved Children

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christina Stead
    • Narrated By C. M. Hebert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for one another. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of family life, this work is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

    Kristin says: "psychological torture in the best way"
    "Love and Education Not Enough"
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    If you could sum up The Man Who Loved Children in three words, what would they be?

    Literary, Creative, Potboiler!


    What other book might you compare The Man Who Loved Children to and why?

    There is a resemblance to Dickens, Austen Eliot, Thackeray, and Chekhov. It is so ambitious in scope. It examines flawed parents, bad marriages, an unintentionally bad man and a creative, highly intelligent young girl. Sometimes, a bit of the writing can make the listener/reader feel impatient but quite an interesting story especially because of its insightful and vivid characterizations. The plot has some creative sideshows including invented and inventive language. Actually the use of language is outstanding! The story has a dramatic arc especially regarding the plight of women mid-century. It is poignant. My one cavil has to do with the nearly complete avoidance of World War II; it seems to place the beginning before World War II and after. But frankly that historic war is not relevant to this novel. There are several themes at play in the novel: adolescent girl, foolish and feckless fathers, bad marriages, the impact of poverty, verbal abuse, housing, and travel, anthropology and nature, art and poetry to cite several.


    What about C. M. Hebert’s performance did you like?

    The voice was expressive, held my interest, and did not try to call attention to itself without cause!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a cautionary tale and the protagonist is a young girl and particularly about children who are subject to whims and bad parenting. It also shows love of family and love gone awry. Yes, there were many times throughout causing me to chuckle and others which caused me to feel for the suffering of the protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the experience. One of the better novels I've ever read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (539)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "Olive Kitteridge"
    Overall

    Well done linked stories with central character in most being Olive Kitteridge, retired teacher approx. 70 years old. The stories show her with her easygoing pharmacist husband, son, difficult or eccentric daughters-in-law, friends and a past student or two. Most of the residents have spent their entire lives in the one town. Olive is multi-dimensional and many of the stories are resonant because of the characterizations as well as plot-the writing demonstrates good craftmanship!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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