Despite the political bashing that other reviewers have left here, this is an excellent moment of history that we all should listen to -- and not just read about. Too many times we allow political pundits to distill information for us and we fail to consider the facts ourselves. I listened to the testimony live, but I was very grateful that Audible offers it, as it is an important piece in my education. I remember 1974 and the Watergate hearings -- listening at my summer job and being mocked by fellow workers for caring about that silly political stuff. I am glad today that I heard it happen and didn't leave it to some historian to re-characterize the events. I would hope that reviewers will stick to the benefits of having this audio record and leave their political analysis of what she says to the dinner table, breakfast table or water cooler. I don't need to read anti-Bush or pro-Bush speak here.
I read at night and listen in the car, and this book actually suffered from my listening to it. The narrator was older than I pictured the author, and her voice lacked the cadence and empathetic tone I felt when I read the author's words.
I wish this book had been just one story. Ms. Schroff is clearly not a writer, as some of her prose had the feel of high school English. She gave us TOO many details of her life, when the story about she and Maurice was really the point of the book. Her relationship with her father never made sense and really muddled my feeling that she had good judgment. Again, her ex-husband equally made me question her judgment, as anyone of any age could have sniffed out infidelity on the first weekend away.
Ms. Schroff deserves applause for the difference she makes in the life of this boy. Just tell THAT story. Perhaps an abridged version of this can stick to the main story and skip the family pain and melodrama. It might be part of the thread, but it adds little to an appreciation of the life she built after meeting Maurice.
Kelly Corrigan writes like she talks -- so listening to her voice gave new voice to her message. Thanks for including this interview with the book!
This is a lovely little true story about a real life --and the narrator becomes the author as she reads Kelly's story. It is written in the first person -- with a bit too much profanity for those who object to the use of it (all in context -- not excessive by any means)-- but it's a heartfelt telling of a young Mom who deals with fighting her own cancer while fearing her father's cancer diagnosis. It's not about illness -- it's about living and enjoying life. It is not a spoiler alert to say that her Dad is still alive and well -- though she wrote the book fearing a different outcome for him. Be sure to listen to the extra interview with the author -- you'll hear Kelly's own voice and appreciate her enthusiasm for having lived a pretty nice life. See her interviewed on YouTube as well.
When where you were was special because it wasn't like anyplace else... Bill Bryson remembers a Des Moines in the 50s that had character and a unique set of businesses and places...before the days of chain stores, chain restaurants, indoor malls. The reference to politics is negligible -- it's a great listen. Bryson doesn't take it seriously and neither should the listener.If you are a boomer, laugh away and just ENJOY!
I have now listened to the first five in this series -- and eagerly await the newest one "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies." I would buy the book, but listening to this narrator, Lisette Lecat, is the only way I want to hear this series. She's that good. I look forward to driving to work just to hear the next chapter every day. Do them in order or Precious's adventures get out of sequence....!
This was a wonderful, sweet book set in the South, and I enjoyed hearing it more than I enjoyed reading it (I split time -- listening in the car and reading in bed). The narrator's voice was that of a soothing storyteller, and I enjoyed hearing this personal narrative told by a Southern girl. I also learned more about honey and bees than a novel would typically teach -- and I found it charming throughout. I recommend it for any age or any purpose -- it would be a great "drive to" or just a great "read me a story" experience.
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