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Autumn

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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7197)
    Performance
    (5131)
    Story
    (5120)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "One of my better Audible listens"
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    Would you listen to The Kitchen House again? Why?

    The writing was stellar, and the narrators perfectly casted. I typically wouldn't listen to the same book twice, but this is one I'd revisit just because the writing and narration were so good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mama-- she perfectly embodied the maternal love Lovinia was searching for, and was a great emblem of self-sacrifice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    For a reasonably sad story, the ending was somewhat of a reprief when justice was served.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of a principal character early on was tragic and upsetting; but really hooked me into the story. I appreciate how all the characters were fleshed out early on, which helped explain some of their actions (i.e. Marshall's abuse led to his anger led to Sally's demise led to Marshall's adult violence and alcoholism)


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT read! I listen to Audible books all the time on my commute and this was one of the better I've encountered. HIGHLY recommend!

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