Harlingen, TX | Member Since 2004
yes. It was a bit hard to live through the estrangement between this family's members through at least half the story. Perhaps that difficulty made the resolution of the story even more gratifying in the end.
I think the cultural difficulties between a Japanese and American spouse were realistically portrayed. When the family members forget their old biases and begin to show caring towards each other, the story made an important turning point. When the daughter and granddaughter begin to embrace their Japanese family and culture, one begins to glimpse more happiness in the family.
authentic in sound and dialect.
It would make a very interesting movie, as scenes shot on location would add a large cultural dimension which the reader can only imagine.
I think the stars should be unknowns. There are plenty of great actors/actresses who never appear except in independent films.
Thank you to the author for exploring this subject and bringing it to life.
yes. I've already listened to it twice. I just love the characters and the different plots and subplots.
The story concentrated on the wide range of goodness one finds in humanity and the silly predicaments we find ourselves in.
For the most part, she did good vocalizations which set the characters apart as distinct.
I loved the part where Henry saved the day.
Alison Larkin's baby noises were annoying, but on the second listen I suppose I was ready for them.
The characters, the wonderful narration, the settings, the story-lines.
The wonderful voices of each character and the story introspection.
Untold Realities. Many of the dilemmas were caused by what was unsaid amongst friends and family members.
I've listened to this story several times and have enjoyed the retelling immensely.
Someone who wanted to hear about sex in every paragraph of the story.
I couldn't get past constantly hearing about sex and not much else. A stronger focus on developing and presenting an interesting story would be a real improvement.
I couldn't get past the content to really evaluate the performance adequately. I'm sorry the narrator was stuck with this title.
Yuck! I should've read a bunch of reviews and listened to the Sample.
I'd ask the esteemed Mr. McCall Smith to add in some of his comic irony to decrease the unending sense of tension.
The excellent description of the lives of the rich who live in Cayman. For those of us who touch down on cruise ships, this side of life is invisible.
The narration was okay, but not outstanding in any way.
Yes, it was. But if you've not read this author's other works, I'd suggest any of the other titles. This was my least favorite.
I love the Nigerian dialect and depths of discussion about different social structures.
Believable characters and very believable settings.
The two main characters were my favorites; I can't remember how to spell their names, having listened to the book rather than reading it!
I believe my reaction was a better understanding of Nigerian culture and "Africahn" migration to "white" countries.
The blog post streams were excellent.
Highly intelligent characters.
Flat Finn; he was surrounded by mystery.
Depths of the human psyche.
This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it. It's entirely believable.
yes, I'll probably listen to it again. I'm always interrupted multiple times while listening to a title. Listening again allows me to notice details and nuances which I missed the first time around. And, I really enjoy hearing the best of the dialogue multiple times!
I'm a gardener and a garden club member; it was interesting to hear about the projects earlier garden clubbers carried out. I can't say our garden club has been involved in saving anyone from crazed criminals!
She does a decent Southern folks dialect. I'm from the South, so phony accents are pretty grating!
I laughed alot. Many of the characters are a real hoot!
To Susan Wittig Albert: please keep writing!
I love Fannie Flagg's approach to life, the characters she includes could well be in my own family and the neighborhood where I grew up. Besides delightful characters and situations, I loved the historical settings.
Maeve Binchy's books are similar in scope. Believable story in a realistic setting. Wonderfully diverse characters.
I believe this is the first story I've heard which was narrated by Fannie Flagg, herself. At first, I thought the voice sounded too old for some of the characters, but I adapted quickly. I've read or listened to everything Fannie Flagg has published. The characters and story in this title did not disappoint. The historical context is very important, as a bit of "womens' rights" during and after WW2 are a large part of the story. Many of us are unaware of the many separate battles women have faced in gaining their fair share of salary, position, etc.
Of course, I was always waiting to see what would happen next.
I broke out in spontaneous laughter over many situations and comments. This book left me feeling happy. I don't need any "downer" literature! And I'm absolutely sick of all the vampire and science fiction mysteries. I wish they would have their own special category so I wouldn't have to trudge thru them in a search for new titles.
a wide range of characters appear and many are wonderful people. The challenges which each must overcome are of universal interest.
Although crimes and solving them are the basis for each story, one does not end the story with a sense of overall gloom or terror.
the wonderful accents of the characters in the story.
sorry....I have none!
I'm always waiting for the next title in this series!
Someone who's looking for a thriller would possibly enjoy this.
not if I remember how much I've disliked this title
possibly the child, though I've yet to figure out his personality.
There was a lot of terror and blood.
Perhaps this becomes a good story once you've slogged your way thru the terror and confusion.
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