Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
I love reading about this man and this was a very interesting book. It was not my favorite of those written, but it was definately worthwhile. I found it to drag in some parts, but then it would pick up again and move quickly.
I never had any interest in quilting - ever! I was looking for a series with a good set of characters to replace those I had already finished and this author certainly filled that gap. The characters are endearing and when you finish the book you feel like you lost your best friends - these are the best kinds of book!!! Now, I want to learn to quilt!
I really enjoy books like this normally, so I was surprised when I found that I just could not get through this book. I think the people who were written about have very interesting stories to tell, but the way the book is formatted made it difficult to learn the stories. It jumps back and forth between the lives of these people which I found to be monotonous. I also found the quotes at the beginning of the chapters to be too much. Maybe my soul was not poetic enough for this book??
I adored this book. It deals with the very serious topic of breast cancer but the characters in this book fill your heart and you long to be part of their circle. As you read you find yourself wanting to go explore New Bern, Connecticut in the hopes of bumping into these characters. Although I was never interested in quilting, I find that now I want to learn to quilt! I have not yet looked up New Bern to see if there is a quilt shop, but I will!
I had not read this classic so I thought I would give it a try. I am not sure how well I would have done with it if it had not been read by this performer and I had tried to read it myself. He was truly wonderful and I marveled at the way brought the characters to life. The book reminded me on some levels of One Hundred Years of Solitude, although it was done over a shorter period of time. It really is about 3 generation of a family and the joys and disappointments that life brings. I found myself struggling with a lot of emotions while listening to the book: sadness, frustration, joy, relief, anger - it really brought out the gamut.
I am so glad I got this book. It is one of those books that restores your faith in humanity and beckons you to take a look at the path you have traveled in life. Although it is heartbreaking in parts, for the most part, the book is full of love. The women in this book are endearing and their bond is inspiring. It is a book that I will always think fondly of.
This was a good book that kept me interested throughout. The beginning of the book was somewhat confusing, but the confusion works itself out eventually. I found myself confronted with many emotions about slavery and the devotion (wrong word??) of the slaves to their masters. I have heard many times about some masters being kinder than others, and though I suppose it was a better environment for those slaves, this story showed me that slavery is slavery, regardless of how "kind" a master is. Even those slaves who were treated better than others, were still tortured emotionally. I felt unsettled with the ending, which is why I only gave the book 4 stars.
This is a very good book which kept me engaged. The narrator reminded me a bit of Joe Friday and sometimes I flashed back to black and white police showed while listening to him. I gave it four stars because it was not fantastic, but just very good. I think the story line was very interesting and there were interesting twists to the plot.
I listened intently to this book with much interest. At the beginning of the book, I started to wonder if it was a young adult book and maybe I had not noticed when I purchased it.
Eventually though (many, many, many chapters in), the characters grew into adults and I could tell it was adult fiction. The book was heartbreaking - and it never changed from heartbreaking. When it ended, I was stunned. I just stared at the car dash board (where I generally listen to these books) with my mouth open.
I think this book will appeal to certain people and others will dislike it immensely. It had appeal to me, and I am glad I read it, yet I think I might be haunted by the story forever. It is definately not the kind of book that you can assume everyone will love.
This was my first Hart book - I wanted a lighter read and this fufilled that need to the tee. The narrator is great! I found myself giggling quite often. It is a mystery and some of it might have been a bit hard to swallow, but then again, it is fiction. I certainly enjoyed it!
This book held my attention right from the beginning. I was a little confused at first, but the confusion cleared up quickly. It is a powerful story about two boys growing up in the South - one a white outcast and the other black, from a poverty-stricken home. It is heartbreaking at times, but not depressing. I am prone to feeling blue when books are too sad and depressing. This story is well written and other emotions comes through the heartbreak - maybe hope...it certainly leads us to be introspective about the judgements we form regarding others.
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