I started this book, loving that it had many hours of listening time and at first I didn't really care for the performance. As the story progressed, and the sound of his voice continued, I fell in love with his way of talking. Just when I thought I wasn't going to be impressed, the story grabbed me and it was taking me down different avenues of Jack's life. To come from such a hard background and through hard work to become what he had dreamed, a jazz pianist, to have his dreams slashed and his love lost, he moves on and makes dramatic changes always being true to himself. I was also impressed at how his life experiences went on to enhance his future endeavours.
As the book ended, I realized this is the author who wrote the "Power Of One", and so loved this book, I became an instant fan of this author. I have never been good at remembering names of authors, so it did not click who this author was, but now I have all the books he has wrote on my wish list.
My hat is off to Bryce Courtney who has such a great knack for story telling, and how he portrays his characters, it was like walking beside the main character in his trials and blunders, feeling his pain, rejoicing in his success, and carrying his self respect & beliefs with him throughout his life. I can hardly wait to read the next of his books on my list.
I found this book played on every emotion for me. I cried as identified the loss of her daughter, identifying with my own losses from impossible decisions. As Beattie's life seemed to go by in a flash, and how she came to terms and go on with life. Perhaps its my own journey that I am going through that identified with Beattie's life. Then to see how the granddaughter's life would eventually become entwined and the lessons learned and understanding gained by her grandmother's life unfolding at Wildflower Hill.
I enjoyed this book to a point where I stayed up way too late at night listening, perhaps hoping against hope that decisions could have been remade and outcomes be different, when I knew that was wishful thinking...
Wow what a book, I could identify with the problem pregnancies, and the struggle, disappointment and loss of hope that comes with many miscarriages. However, I did not identify with the choices, I do have a gay daughter and I could see her in the main character. The choices she made to be with the woman she loved and the family they have.
This book had me from the beginning, and I loved how all the characters were brought to the forefront with their feelings and experience. Especially the ex-husband, alcoholic. So much of this book I could identify with not only feelings but experiences in life.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an open mind, and especially family members that have are gay or know someone that is gay.
I really enjoyed this book other than feeling a little disappointed at the lack of depth in expanding on 2 different time frames in Liz's life. The first one being the years between her escaping up to her adult life living in a small petite down. The second one being the conclusion with the Russian Mafia. It could have gone from an "OK" book to a great book.
I loved this book, it engulfed me from the beginning. Showing the human suffering and bondage, was riveting. Always wondering how they are going to make it through another day. The bonds of family when it was tough just to survive on nothing was endearing...I would say that this is a must read book...my heart ached for each character in their individual struggles for survival and self worth...and survival, never loosing hope for a better day.
I was charmed at some of the comical parts, but overall, I was always waiting for something more to happen. I found it long and drawn out... but thats just my opinion, perhaps I like more action in my books.
When I started this book, I found it hard to get used to the voice telling the story, but as I continued to listen the story unfolded and I remember getting quite excited as the story teller described the feelings and surrounding with such great detail. I felt like I was a bystander in the story, like I was right there sharing their frustration, grief and disbelief portrayed.
I would definitely recommend this book, and caution anyone listening to have patience as the story is very interesting, It is a book I will listen to again, as it delves deep into its characters.
I love Ron McLarty's voice and the way he tells the story, but I was very disappointed in this book, its hum drum to the point I would fall asleep listening to it. I never finished it.
As I only listened to the first chapter, it left me wanting more. The story gripped me from the first paragragh. The struggle between man and beast...I will definitely buy this book a some point...
This is the second time I have gone through this book. The first time was about 20 years ago and I was mesmerized by it then. Then I purchased the audio book, and was thrilled to hear this story on audio books. It is great story telling, and I loved hearing about Australia . The characters were so diverse and although I already knew how the story ended, I still hoped for a different ending...thoroughly enjoyable... I would recommend to anyone who likes sagas...
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