I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator made it an exceptional listen. It's a family saga, told from the daughter's point of view, and recounts her life and adventures through the 1800's. It is also an unusual tale of a strong, well educated woman of this time period, who has maximum freedom to live a life that few women could at the time. I did question some of Gilbert's choices in Alma's life and it's certainly not a happy, fairy tale type of story, but nonetheless, it is well researched and beautifully told.
Of all the books in this series, this so far is the worst. The character of Brianna is so annoying and written as a silly, willful female who makes decisions that make no sense. Parts of this book really lost me.
I tried three times to listen to this book, but gave up and will read it in print instead. This narrator is so bad , she grates on every last nerve. She reads dialogue like every sentence is a pleading whine, and the last word is ground to a gravelly end or hard long consonant. I can't get into the story because her reading is so distracting.
The first part of this story kept me very interested and enjoying the characters. The second part was so mixed up and filled with crazy, even unnecessary characters that I was sad for the story to go so awry. The best part by far, was the narrator who made the characters live. I wanted him to go on even though the story needed to end.
It took me a while to get into this book, get the characters straight, and follow the various threads, but once I did I couldn't stop listening until I finished. It's a beautiful pairing of an excellant story and a perfect narrator. I loved the setting, the reference to the Dionne quintuplets, the personal stories woven into the larger story, layered over the big story! And the characters are all unique and yet very much like people you know. The dialogue was wise, sarcastic and humorous, but never phony.
It's my first book by Louise Penny but I just downloaded several more to start at the beginning. This is a wonderful mystery story with so much heart.
I enjoyed this book so much I tried to stretch it out as long as possible, though I couldn't wait to listen everyday. I loved the story and the history it recounted, as well as the main characters Eliza, Nell and Cassandra. As a young girl I was an avid reader of fairy tales and Ms. Morton beautifully wove Eliza's tales into the story. I will miss this book now that it's finished, and since I've read all of Kate Morton's others, I will wait impatiently for her next book.
I've read a lot of positive reviews for this book, but sadly, I have to disagree with them. I found it very overwrought, wordy and unneccessarily sexually graphic. The language, especially his free use of the "C" word when referring to women, insults me. I just hate the word and it seems to be having a revival with some male authors.
I found the story compelling, but the writing got in the way. In a book like this, I think "less is more" is the way to build tension, and the repetition of events from several characters did not add to the tale. This is the first book of his I've read so my criticism is only of this book, not the author in general.
This was such a good story and the characters written in such a genuine way, I found myself tearing up several times. Being about the same age as the narrator, many of the recollections and interactions felt real and familiar. King makes you feel like you are there, taking part in the story. This is a short but well done novel I highly recommend.
I enjoyed this story for it's originality and characters. The fact that I really hated a few of them attests to how well they were depicted. I'm looking forward to reading book two.
What a waste. King should have left the Dark Tower series alone. This revisiting of the story somewhere in the middle of the series is such a let down. And he should never be allowed to narrate a book on tape again. It's somewhere between boring and coma-inducing.
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