Tazewell, VA, United States
I have just finished listening to this remarkable audiobook and I am so tenderly moved. I want to grieve over losing Ivy, as her life came quietly to an end. No, her life itself wasn’t quiet- it was far from it – but I fell as though I have lost a friend. The fact that the narrator, Kate Forbes, read with a perfect Appalachian accent (the book takes place within an hour of where I now live), helps make it even more authentic. This book, told entirely by letters written by Ivy Rowe, gives a true voice to the Appalachian life that exists still today. This is a wonderful book, rich and full, and I highly recommend it to anyone to read. A real piece of Americana and excellent writing. It made me laugh many times (I rarely laugh out loud while reading or listening), and I shed a tear or two as well. Lee Smith is from Grundy, VA (near my hometown), and I do hope one day to be able to meet her. She is a magnificent writer, in my opinion!
I really wanted to like this book, and for the most part I think I did. However, the ending seemed weak, after having invested 13 hours or so into the audio version and nearly 400 pages in the hardback (complete with graphic comics drawn by Trixie's father, supposedly). I guessed the killer far too early, and kept waiting for something to happen - something dramatic -but it never did. I love Picoult's writing. She can turn a phrase like none other and I love her descriptions. However, I think this one fell short of her normally stellar books. I still rated it an 8 out of 10; it is a worthwhile read, even if just to learn more about Alaska. However, it isn't going to be in my top 10 favorite books this year, sadly. Carol Monda is an excellent narrator, by the way!
I both read the paper version and listened to the audio version of this book, and must say that they are different yet both wonderful experiences. I was absolutely captivated by this book as it grabbed me by the throat in the first paragraph and didn’t let go until the last word. It is the kind of book that causes the reader to close the book only to reopen it to read it again, this time looking for the hidden clues that one now knows are surely there. This is a book for book lovers. The first few pages are so full of meaningful passages that I gave up trying to write all the quotes down. This author is someone who KNOWS books, and who loves them. She understands the deep passion that some of us have for books and for the reading of them. This love of books is woven throughout The Thirteenth Tale but that is not the only wonderful thing about it. There is a deep mystery and story telling that takes place, which keep the reader always asking questions as she reads. And as all well-written books go – and this is certainly very well-written—all of the ends are tied up nicely by the last page, which makes for a very satisfying read.
The narration of this book is so well done—rich in expression and enunciation. Both narrators have a beautiful British accent, and make the audio a deeply enjoyable experience. I loved this book! I only wish I’d read this one earlier. It lives up to all of the hype, which normally turns me off of a book. This one delivers, and without a single word of profanity!
This book is beautifully narrated by Bill Camp and was captivating at the first sentence. I quite liked this story but I wish it would have gone just a bit more deeply into the women’s characters. However, the rich descriptions and narration took me deep into Ushman’s world, and caused me to feel his passions and grief. I really enjoyed this book, though its tone is rather sad and bleak at times. A powerful book that looks intensely into the despondent, tender, confused yet hopeful character named Ushman Khan.
This audiobook has two excellent narrators, which beautifully reflected the thoughts and experiences of the mother and daughter of the story. I was transported to the dusty, tiny village in Iran through the descriptive and skilled writing of the author, as well as the streets of London. This was a very good story, and indeed it was haunting as well as compelling. I love how the story unfolded, as we learned more and more about Maryann’s past. I grieved with Sara as she tried to heal from her personal tragedy, and then enjoyed seeing Iran through her eyes. My heart broke for her father as he tried to cope with life as it was left to him. I highly recommend this book!
This book has very believable and likeable characters. In fact, I found that I felt sympathetic to all of the characters, which made it difficult to “root” for any one person. It is well written, and was actually a quite good audiobook. I found myself thinking about it when I was away from my iPod, wondering how it would all turn out. It was brilliant in the way that it covered infertility – having suffered through seven miscarriages myself, I could relate very well to the feelings of the main character as she traversed the painful journal of infertility. This book, while having many light and humorous moments, deals with quite heavy subjects; dealing with the fallout from adultery, divorce, and infertility. All in all, it is a worthwhile read, and one I recommend.
I found this book to be very suspenseful and quite powerful. It reads like a memoir, and the reader has a real grasp on how Ronnie felt and processed things. It is a very moving story, and covers Ronnie’s grief so beautifully. There were many passages that were quote worthy, and to be honest, they expressed exactly how I felt when dealing with grief in my own life. The reader also learns much about the modern day Mormon religion. It has been several hours since I read the book, and I still feel its deep pull and the power of the drama. This is an excellent read and very well written. The narrator is also wonderful.
This is a subtle, quiet book, but it spoke volumes to me. Although it was about a minister who was widowed at a young age, it certainly isn’t what I’d call “Christian Fiction” – in otherwords, it would be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone of any faith. Yes, there are a lot of scripture references, but they reflect what is going on internally with Tyler Caskey, not statements to the readers. I loved how this book flowed, and the way each character was fleshed out. This book has many messages, and I really fell in love with this book. It seemed a bit slow going at first, if I recall, but it hooked me and I was eager to listen to the story every day, even going to the hardback version and reading what I’d already listened to! Highly recommended.
I absolutely loved this book! It was unabridged, and 10 wonderful hours of listening to narrator Kate Reading who really did “perform.” She used different voices for each character, and has the most delightful British accent. She also knows how to speak in “American” as well as Welsh and French. I came to really care about the main character, Kate, and felt I knew her well. Very good book, one of the best of the year so far! Refreshing!
But not only did I love it, I have told everyone I know that they simply MUST read it. The narration is excellent, which is always wonderful when that happens. But the story itself is gripping. The writing is so descriptive that you can smell the roasting peanuts, taste the grit in the dusty air, and feel the ropes slide in your hand.
While yes, it is a circus story, it is so much more. It is a life lived-- reflected upon from the beginning by Jacob who is now 90 (or is it 93? He can't remember) years old and in a dreaded nursing home. It is a story about nursing home care, circus life, the Depression, mental illness, alcoholism, love, and trains.
Because I am a strict animal lover who cannot tolerate abuse in books, I want to warn others. There is some very limited abuse in the book, but trust me-- it doesn't last long, and it is WELL worth it when you get to the ending. EXCELLENT ending!! Brava to the author!
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