This was my second Heather Gudenkauf listen and I was not disappointed. I love the way she writes from the points of view from each character in her stories, and with different narrators for most of them it adds to making her books a great listen. The readers were cast very well with the exception of 12-year-old Ben, who had a more mature voice than his age represented. This does not take away from the books content however. Gudenkauf writes only the story, leaving out the fluff that some authors include, though you may not know it at first. Can't wait for her next book!
This "story" was lacking in plot. I listened for over an hour (it's only a 4 hour book) and there was never any character development. It was more of a very long description of a "hamlet" and its surrouding towns and life in the 1880's. If that's what you are looking for then you will like it.
Perhaps. I'll give her a second chance.
She did a fine job. Her voices are not as good as some that I have heard.
Very disappointed. I expected something that I could sink my teeth into and this was just more like an essay.
If you have ever seen the PBS series by the same name it won't compare.
I debated for several weeks deciding if I could listen to a 5-year-old boy read a novel to me, but I'm glad I finally opted to hear it. The first half of the book was excellent. I was amazed at the content and author's way of telling the story. The second part of the book was less intriguing and I had many moments where I questioned how the events could or could not have happened. It is a good book dispite the reality or clarity of the situations and predicaments.
This was my first time listening to a book and it was the best experience I could have had! The book itself was extremely well-written and I didn't want to stop listening to it. The author writes in the dialect of her characters and listening to this book was probably a better experience than trying to read it. I didn't want this book to end! I will continue to choose books with multiple character readers as this ads to the storytelling features of the novel. If you are concerned about listening to a book instead of reading one, this is the book for you.
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