Duluth, GA, United States | Member Since 2003
I'm torn about this book. Audio books have 3 ingredients--the story, the writing, and the narration. The story in this book is so, so. I'd give it a 3. The narration is by three people, the narration of the boy is a 5 and the other 2 are 3s. The real reason to listen to this book is the writing which is a 5. The writing is unique and thought provoking. If you want a book to listen to while you do something else or to be entertained--this is not the book. This is one of those books that requires a little work on your part to really enjoy it.
I'm torn about rating this book because of the inconsistency in both writing and narration. Boy is the mother, Snow is the step daughter and Bird is the daughter. Part 1 (Susan Bennett), mostly about Boy, is amazingly written and Bennett's narration is exceptional. Part 2 (Carra Patterson) is about Snow and Bird and not sure what else is going on there. Part 2 didn't seem to fit to me, not as compelling and the narration was so-so at best. Part 3 (Susan Bennett) is back to Boy, and includes Snow and Bird. Again the writing is not as exceptional as Part 1, but the twist at the end and the understanding that comes over Boy makes up for it. I highly recommend it assuming you don't mind skimming through Part 2.
Based on the reviews I thought this would be good. It's average at best. I don't see the hype about Ozarks as this could have been anywhere. Performance was so-so. I wouldn't recommend unless this was drastically on sale.
The narrator was awful, the story kinda dumb. Returning it for something I can stand.
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty and Between, GA were terrific. Loved them both, which is why I decided to listen to this book. This book was horrible. Jackson meanders all over the place with the characters trying to develop them. The back stories were stupid and the wording clumsy. There was no point in the story. We end up right where we started. It was if Jackson wanted to combine a bunch of prose into a book, so she threw it all in this one. Would highly recommend A Grown Up Kind of Pretty and Between, GA, but not this one. Skip it.
If you didn't grow up in the South, this book might seem half-way descent. If you did, skip this one, not believable. I struggled to Chap 6 but couldn't take it anymore. In addition, the writing is terrible.
This is the first book that I absolutely could not listen to because of the narrator. I bought it because of the prior reviews. Will be getting a refund!
This was 10 hours of babbling and town gossip by an alcoholic, over-the-hill, has-been real estate agent. Nothing I can't get at family gatherings. The woman who narrated it was annoying at times—you could hear every cigarette she ever smoked.
This could have been such a good book because the story was so good. But there were just too many leaps of faith needed (similar to those one had to make in Room). The story was basically Little House on the Alaskan Tundra intertwined with the side story of a girl that raised her self alone in the woods despite the wild animals, lack of food and treacherous weather. But let's say she does... how does she learn all she knows? Where did she get her "homemaker" tools and skills used with the wedding dress?
The dialogue between characters is stiff and weak and isn't used to move the story along or explain things as it could have. The overall writing is so inconsistent. Some of the writing is very good and some of it is like a high school kid. The narrator didn't have much to work with but made it worse with her reading style (rather than acting) and flat tone.
But despite all of the problems the book had, the story was a very good one. Predictable in many parts but still very good and the reason I stuck it out to the end. Wish a the author and narrator had done a better job with so much potential.
The performance was too bland and sounded too much like someone just reading out loud.
I would have left out sexual comments the main character made. They didn't add anything to the story, they seemed like they were stuck in the book, they really didn't fit in. Distracting actually.
This book is about the plague and is depressing from the beginning to the end. It would be worth a read if it were educational or historical, but it wasn't either. Would not recommend.
My father recently passed away and Tom Harry (the bartender) reminded me so much of my dad with his sayings and philosophy — don't do anything stupid. The narrator is terrific. The writing style makes this a very easy listen. Highly recommend.
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