I have listened to over 350 books, and this is the worst writing I've ever tried to endure. I often yelled, "Shut the ___ up!" at the recording and fast forwarded. Oates never uses one word when 6 will do. I will avoid her writings like the plague from now on.
I enjoyed the later stories much more than the early ones. My complaint with the early stories is that they would often start getting good and holding my interest when they would just end. I know that they are "literary" and not "plot-driven," but I found that so ANNOYING.
Having lots of narrators was great.
I'm not a prude, but this is nothing but pornography. It absolutely grossed me out. I tried more than once to listen to it, but never could get more than a few hours into it.
I've listened to many WWII and concentration camp stories. This fiction just doesn't come up to the drama of the accounts of those who were actually there. The Seamstress is so very much better.
I try to avoid Toren and Guidall. They can ruin books. Guidall sounds like an old uncle that one can hardly wait to get away from.
This book is The House at Riverton. I listened to it in 2012. I kept thinking "this sounds familiar." Audible is such a good place to do business. I'm really surprised that they don't put a warning in the description.
The book is pretty good, but just don't buy both of them.
Here is what I emailed to my sister: I just finished Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It was so good. I've had to delete lots of stuff on my DVR because I haven't watched TV in 3 days and it filled up. This was one of those novels that a person stays up late reading and starts again as soon as she wakes up.
I've listened to many biographies, and this one is the best. I'd never thought much about MacArthur before I listened to this book. I'd just thought he was an egotistical old general. Now I know that he was one of the towering figures of the last century. If you are interested in WWII, the Korean War, or a history of Japan, you need to listen to this book.
I had wanted to listen to this for years, but I found my mind wandering over and over while it was playing. I had to back up and listen to parts again. I think the fault was with the narrator. Having a woman narrator detracted greatly. Also, she just didn't have much "life" about her.
I listened to this book 4 years ago while I was planting my garden. Every time I'm in the garden, I think about this book. When I'm hot and tired and decide I'll go inside, shower, and drink a beer, I think about how the slaves couldn't do that.
One of the things that really struck me about this book was that when someone was sold, he/she was "sold" out of the story and never heard from again.
I'm a Southerner and a Christian. I do wish my area of the country would quit being so behind the rest of the country and trying to hide it behind their religion.
I'm 15 hours into this and have no idea why it is so highly rated by so many readers. I nearly always finish the books I listen to, but this one is a struggle to get through. I absolutely don't care what happens to any of the characters.
I've always had a bunch of dogs and have even raised 50 fancy laying hens and a few turkeys. I know quite a bit about animals, but I learned a lot from this book. Of course, I know my dogs would be happier if they weren't fenced in my yard that is about an acre, but they wouldn't last long on this road. I'd probably get sued by the bikers, too.
One of the most interesting things I learned is that MacDonalds and Wendys have brought about positive changes in the way cattle and chickens are processed.
If you enjoy living with animals and care about how animals are treated, I highly recommend this book.
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