I could not listen to a sample before buying this book--the site wasn't working properly. Wish I had! The reader doesn't always use proper inflection and rhythm in her performance, and it distracted me from listening to the storyline. Also, the story moves very very slowly, and I found myself yelling at the ipod to hurry up and get to the point. Finally, it seems the author was encouraged to write a very PC story while plugging Ebay and Amazon, which bugged me. I suggest finding a different story.
This was a great audio book read by the author. Sometimes these fall short and would be better read by another reader, but in this case, Sarah Palin adds credibility to the words. She is so sincere in her reading, which makes it feel like she is having a direct conversation with each listener. Sarah is open and honest and comes across as an above average person living an average American family life by choice. She lives her convictions, which is rare today.
There is nothing negative to report on this book, and much to enjoy. I can't wait to hear another story from this author. Honest telling of the 1960s from both sides: the white employers and black maids who spoke out through an aspiring author as the main character. I loved each of the 4 narrators, and thought they were cast perfectly in their respective roles. I hope there is a sequel!
I couldn't even finish this book. The narration was annoying with an overdone Irish accent and I found the story to be wanting. The main character seemed to find every stupid thing she did while on drugs to be hysterically funny, but I didn't get the humor it the storylines or in the telling of the story.
This was an interesting storyline and overall I enjoyed it. However, Audible ought to have a rating system for language, to forewarn about the excessive use of swearing. One character in particular swore like a sailor, and it was disturbing to me. In written form, you can gloss over things like that, but in audio you can't escape the effect, and neither can anyone in the room with you.
This was a well thought out story about an ethical and moral dilemma. I liked how the characters each spoke from their own perspectives. The end was surprising, not the one I anticipated, which was good since it kept me interested to the last sentence. I didn't care for the unnecessary references to the gay lifestyle (no reason in the story line - it was contrived.) And the author could do better to avoid harsh language - it didn't improve the product but did make it uncomfortable to listen with my teenage daughter even though the story appealed to both of us, which is rare. Overall it was a story that made me think about it between listening sessions, and made a 15 hour car trip seem much shorter.
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