Chesapeake, VA, USA | Member Since 2004
I cannot say that I liked much about this book.
I kept wanting to scream, "Get over yourself".
I am a self-reflective person, but would not want to subject my ruminations to others in the manner which this author used in "Traveling with Pomegranates".
If pressed to choose one thing that I enjoyed, it was the younger Kidd's reflections and delivery.
I feel very differently about her mother's reading. This is what I liked the least.
Sue Monk Kidd should have had another read her book aloud. She has some very very strange pronunciations of many words. I am not speaking about her southern accent. It was the distinct pronunciations, which were annoying and distracting. I cringed when she said "bass" relief. Mirror was repeatedly pronounced "mir-oh". Many of the Greek names were mispronounced. Even the word "daughter" had an odd tilt to it.
(Are there no editors or sound engineers, producers, etc. to sit in on the readings? I would have not even been able to finish the book, if it were not necessary for my bookclub participation.
I felt Kidd bored the reader with belabored points. This could have been a much more effective short story, than the endless chapters she presented.
'Very disappointed in this book.
I'd rather eat my pomegranates, than travel with them.
This book had my attention throughout, with its twists and turns in plot, and its steadfast, thoughtful main character, Cora. Cora is a woman who one 'trusts' from the first pages. She is honest to the core, and as we watch her unusual life unfold . . . we learn that the Truth is not the only Road to Honesty. I found it a different and refreshing waltz through the period in which the story takes place.
I enjoyed Elizabeth McGovern's narration very much, although her accent was very difficult to 'place' at times. Oddly enough, I often catch myself thinking the same thing, as I listen to McGovern's character in PBS' "Downton Abbey"! She was a great choice for the voice of Cora . . . quiet and understated retraint . . . just as I'd imagine a woman like Cora would sound.
Our family had a "maid", in the 1950's and her name was Maggie. She was kind and responsible for me, much of the time, as my mother was ill. We did not live in the south, but I remember having the same questions about the "differences" between Maggie's life and the lives of the white people surrounding me. After my mother died, Maggie moved to Chicago with our family. I wasn't aware, until many years later, that Maggie had a family of her own. And that raised more questions. Among them - "why didn't Maggie choose to stay in NY with her own family?" Eventually Maggie did go home, to NY. I never saw her again . . . but she will forever be the loving, motherly bridge that eased my way into my new life with a hostile step-mother.
Ms. Stockett's portrayals of the many different personalities and experiences of her characters rang exceedingly true, for me. The narrators are superb! I would not have wanted to read this book in my "own voice", after hearing the dialects of the readers.
This was the best book I have listened to in many years. I thoroughly enjoyed it - and recommend it highly.
I read alot of mysteries. I enjoyed this one, very much. Set in Sweden, with a very strange pair of "heroine" and "hero", it was different from the start.. The story was not predictable, and the Swedish "lilt" to things was refreshing. The reader was fantastic. As always, Mr. Vance gives the characters life. I expect we'll hear more from this heroine . . . or so it seemed from the ending of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
This is only the 2nd review I have written . . . and this is the 2nd most WONDERFUL story I have listened to in a very very long time.
I cannot help but be reminded of "Little Big Man" in the almost epic quality and history of the story - as well as the attitude and "voice" of the storyteller. This tale entwined the magic that is the circus with the magic of love and lust and greed and all things human. And besides . . . it was entertaining as Barnum & Bailey themselves! I loved the connection with the animals . . . and the description of the era. I have nothing but praise for this "read". Who will write the screenplay? It will be in theatres for sure!
This book, by FAR, is the one of the best spoken books I have ever listened to. The reader was poignant, and true to the part. The characters rich and realistic. The times and experiences of the characters chilling and much too relevant to what has played out in our lifetime. This was a bittersweet and heart-wrenching tale of 2 lives. Everyone who "thinks" that they know "who America's enemies are" should have to read this book.
I had heard wonderful things about "The Kite Runner" . . . and didn't expect that "Splendid Suns" would live up to the beauty that readers described when recalling the Kite Runner. But this book has renewed my faith in a story well told and in the splendor of the written word to incite pathos and understanding.
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