I didn't expect to enjoy this timeline as much as I did. The readers brought this story to life, sad as it was for so many in the story. Salvery was so wrong, yet it is a part of U.S. history. The characters were so strong and protective of their charges regardless of the evil that reigned against them by their masters. The characters were each fabulous in their own way. A powerful read.
The prolog that the author told how this book came to be; that she was lead to write this book; the story needed to be told; the story came to life for me.
Fabulous "readers", the story came to life through their talents. For me, the reader makes or breaks a good book - LOVED this book!
...a tale of undeserved loyality in a time long ago.
Much of our history was appalling. Each of us needs to be aware of our history so that it is never repeated. This story develops each character in bold, rich details, I felt like I was there. I can't imagine living in this time period, yet we all know that it happened. At the end of the book, I felt I had lost friends.
This is my first Brad Thor book, but definately not my last. I enjoyed the interview between the author and the reader at the end of this book. I found the insight to our government revealed in this book alarming. Clearly we all need to be more informed than we are currently. I would highly recommend this book.
The story relates to a sad but true time in this country, it is a demonstration in human nature at so many levels, yet story-telling at it's finest. Having seen the movie when it came out, I was able to "picture" the story as I listened to the book. The movie affected me deeply because it was such a sad time in this country; the book richly touched me equally as much. I saw the movie with a high school senior; I cried at the end and told her this was a sad time in American history. I think it is important for younger Americans to understand our History, both good and bad so that it is never repeated.
Aibilene - had such a calming voice and presence; her relationship and deep love for the children in her care, even above the child's mother not showing her equal love and building self-esteem. Her bravery for the project was very risky, all the while knowing she herself would never get any credit for it's success.
The relationship that developed between Skeeter and Aibilene. And the relationship that detierated between the life-long friends. The relationship tbetween Skeeter and her Mother that finally resolved itself. The relationship between Aibilene and Minny; and Minny's relationship with everyone. I loved to "hate" Hilly, and power she had over so many people; everyone knows someone like Hilly Holbrook.
I see this book as a classic; I know that I will listen to it again. I felt like my best friends left when the book ended.
Learning about living in a circus and days gone by.
The way the characters developed into a love story. The quiet determination of "old" Jacob, and the resolution at the end. A charming love affair.
The cranky old and sensitive versus the younger character was vivid. I loved the incredible depth of the characters.
The stubborness of the Elephant and how much it understood.
I really loved this book, now I don't think I even want to see the movie. I did picture Renee Zelweger as the star of my book. I will listen to this story again sometime. I didn't want it to end.
I liked the quirkyness of the story and the characters.
Father was a very odd, detached character-no support for his children, but that is probably why sister are who they are.
The main character is a quirky young English girl; I felt her voice was captured the essence of the story.
I would listen to a followup book; and actually I expect there to be one.
I enjoy trying different types of books, I did enjoy listening to this story even though it is not high on my list of favoirte reads.
Yes. I know a number of people with autistic children. I found this story bold and open-minded to alternative ways to "save" your child. I can't imagine being in this families shoes; I understand the wife's doubt in trusting the Dad's instincts.
An amazing resolution - great that this is a true story.
I felt he did a good job.
The dad's immence faith that he was doing the right thing through so many difficulties.
I really enjoyed listening to this book, it did touch my heart.
Maybe some day; the story of a family whose lives were each deeply changed by their experience trying to help a foreign community that in the end may have taught the missionary family more than they were able to teach.
How the experience in the Congo affected each member of the family.
I didn't love the reader; who I think makes for breaks a book. I had a hard time in the beginning but did adjust. I thought much of it was read too quickly and without deep passion.
How living in the Congo affected an American family.
A family from our church shares this unique experinece. The Grandparents started a mission in the Congo, which the son continued with his children who spent much of their your lives living in the Congo. I felt this book shed light on their experience. I enjoyed this book.
The crusty Lincoln Rhyme, running all things from his fingertips on the keyboard.
The story line became very vivid to me; I felt that there was much truth in today's world. I shared the concerns this book brought out in me with my husband and encouraged him to listen. While Lincoln's ability to control so many things from his computers, this tale shows the evil side of technology too.
I found this book very thought provoking; and maybe a bit too concerning, raising thoughts that it isn't far from truth.
I would recommed this book; it helped reinforce my strong belief in Heaven; that Jesus is real; that we will live in eternity with our loved ones.
The boy; Jesus loves children; they are open-minded enough to accept the truth. He knew what he knew. I find it interesting that the story came out over many years, as the parents didn't want to "plant" stories and they didn't know how to frame questions for things they did not experience. I think this adds to the authenticity and believablity of the story.
I think the reader was fine.
I saw the email about the little girl being raised in an Atheist home who painted glorious pictures of Jesus and Heaven. I found the reference in the book particulary enlightening.
I will listen to this quick read again when I want to feel good and be reminded that Heaven awaits...Loved it!
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