I bought this so my son could listen to it since his class was reading it at school. The woman reading the story sounds like she's falling asleep and she certainly put my son and I to sleep. Talk about a lack of enthusiasm!
Fun Inspirational Warm
The characters had so much personality. I loved them all - her brother, husband, children, and friends.
This reader gave the book so much personality. I found myself laughing out loud many times during the story. Her accents and dramatic voices for the each character made the story truly entertaining. I loved when she did the voice of the perturbed, self-centered husband.
I would love to go to dinner with Leslie, the main character. She's tough, strong, level-headed and calm. She seems like such a good friend and person.
I would not pick another book by this author. The true events that are the basis for this book are shocking and amazing, but the story is poorly written. I should have been scared or shaken at certain points and crying at others. I wasn't. Had this story been told by another author, it could have been a completely different story.
The performances of the readers were good.
Yes, and I think this is a case where the movie would actually be better than the book.
The author should have switched points of view more often so that we could see the two lives more in parallel.
No. I would tell anyone interested in this story to read it themselves. The voice was very distracting. It sounded robotic and the intonation, especially at the end of the sentences, was distracting. The reader had to do several different accents, not all were well-done. After listening to so many gifted readers, this was truly a let down.
It was very interesting to have the horse relating the story.
John Lee may have been a good choice for a reader.
Yes, the story was very good. My 3 boys didn't seem bothered by the voice.
It was wonderful being taken to a southern plantation in the early 1800's and it's day to day activities by this story teller. I felt as though I was living right there in the middle of this time period. Since the story comes from more than one point of view it was even more interesting. The voices were lovely and contributed to the whole feeling and time period. The accents and the expression in their voices were fantastic.
I have already recommended this book to many people.
I loved Claire. She was strong, smart, and feisty.
Davina Porter is truly gifted. She does the male and female voices so beautifully that you forget it's a woman behind those male words. The accents (English and Scottish) are fantastic and completely draw you into the story. I felt transported to another world. The expression and emotion in her voice makes the story even better than reading it yourself.
This story made me laugh, cry, gasp and more. The author is a gifted story teller. I was often taken by surprise with the turn of events and the solutions to conflicts that arise. I became almost obsessed with the story and the characters as many do with this series. I ride my bike and listen with one earbud while I pedal. I couldn't wait to ride my bike and listen to the latest adventures of Jamie and Claire.
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