I had wanted to read Fear of Flying for years - just knowing it was a woman's story of liberation. It was mostly what I imagined it might be. The narration was good, solid. The story was good and loaded the ending nicely. I appreciate the historical significance of this book in it's time and enjoyed the brief interview with the author at the end. I am a big fan of Henry Miller and must say, though it is lovely to have this liberation story from a woman, Erica Jong does not reach the soaring heights (nor for that matter depths) that Miller does in his inspired works of liberation.
I enjoyed the dialogue and characters. It is a solid, simple story, worthwhile, enjoyable. The characters have stuck with me - good to read Langston Hughes and appreciate the period
I was happy to hear from a native Lakota voice the story of Crazy Horse. However, the narrative was fairly flat and rolled along like a historical outline padded with scenery. I am grateful to have been exposed to the perspective and information but found the storytelling and narration somewhat flat.
This book is so rich in the wisdom of human relationships, their messiness, their triumphs, their incomprehensibility. Rebecca Wells has opened me at 46 to understandings for which I am so grateful. Her storytelling is masterful, her imagery fresh and immediate. The characters are complex and imperfect, rich and real, free from judgement. Given by the the storyteller the blessing of being in all of their human frailty and glory. I leave this lovely book with a redemption of the relationships in my own life - especially my relationship with my mother - with a new curiosity and with a freedom from the disappointment and anger which have riddled that relationship for years. Love, understanding, forgiveness and a willingness to be patient and vulnerable reveal themselves to me through this delightful, sad and triumphant story as the magic elixirs of life! Thank you Rebecca Wells!
Judith Ivey's narration/ dramatization is brilliant! I am from the south and delighted in her accents and the authenticity of her storytelling - right down to the acknowledgements where she says "and for my brother - Tom Wells - whom I love" in such a way that it gave me goosebumps all over. She is absolutely fabulous!
how wildly bizarre it all was!
the cheshire cat! that disappearing act and the toothy smile!
He was so right there with all the wildness - great voice and really told the story - not just read.
Hemingway at his finest. Lovely development of relationships and the narration is just delightful. William Hurt is brilliant - dramatizing the accents and doing it so well. He really enhances the storytelling. I hated for it to be over and looked forward to listening each time!
I can't really say as I haven't read the print version.
I liked it a lot.
No, I found her narrating really annoying.
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