I read this when I was just a kid, many years ago, and just didn't appreciate it like I did this time around. It has a millennium long story to tell, about just how stupid the human race can be. High;y recommended for those who enjoy a little sci-fi mixed into their "sociological" listens. Good narrator too.
I wanted to read a war-torn or poignant or at least interesting story about a woman who is used to spy on the top German in Krakow in WW2. What I got was a predictable story and trite piece of writing. The author's first mistake was to use the present tense. That keeps the gentle reader at arm's length and Ms. Jenoff's story was just not enough to draw me in. Coupled with a lackluster performance by the reader, and I was happy to have this book come to an end.
Elizabeth Gaskell wrote novels and short stories in the 1840-60's. That is 150 years ago! And her novels have aged perfectly because the people speak in voices that you could hear today.
She was only 55 when she died, leaving her last novel, "Wives and Daughters", unfinished. She also wrote "North and South", referring to England and the comparison between idyllic village life and terrible manufacturing town life. "Cranford" is a short novel, her second, and probably her best when considering characterizations.
I find it incredible that "Mary Barton" was her first novel. It is chock full of people you will recognize from our culture today. Our American culture at that, probably any culture.
Gaskell wrote in a manner that was so far ahead of her time. She needs to be appreciated by more people than just English majors. Her work deserves all sorts of people to read it. Just darned good story-telling.
I heartily recommend all her novels to Audible listeners. Even though these novels are in the public domain, the Audible versions are so much better spoken. The readers chosen by Audible are perfect, light British accent and easily understood. They add a lot to these books.
I thought at the first maybe there would be redeeming value in this book. I was wrong. I hope it does not make it into a TV series, but knowing the state of commercial TV these days, I guess ABC will have another instant rotten tomato to offer its viewers.
I always thought the grammatical errors in dialogue I encountered in various CSIs and other series were personalizations by the actors. Ha! Here is one of the most prolific writers / producers in TV Land, and he can't get the pronoun case (ETC) correct either.
May I give this book back to Audible. I don't even want it in my "cloud".
PS - To prove I read this thing to its conclusion, may I say this program has jumped the shark before it even hit the water?
PPS - I did like the voice of the narrator, working with what he had, he did a good job.
I downloaded this because I knew what Story Corps was from NPR, and it was free. I have re-listened to it several times. The sincerity of the speakers absolutely permeates the experience. I'd give the ratings 6 stars or more if I could.
I bought this wishing to learn about the LIFE of Steve Jobs. Instead I learned a lot about his projects and his incredible hubris, and very little about his actual life. The book is a time-line of products with footnotes of his life experiences.
The narrator nearly drove me crazy with his slow, supremely precise pronunciations, of words that were unimportant in the story, and the errors made as have already been noted.
My name is Pat and I'm a PC (with a wonderful iPod Touch).
Tedious, repetitive, it's all of those things. I suspect this book might be better in the ABRIDGED edition. I'm glad my Ipod has a fast forward button so I don't have to suffer through all the repetitions of the Mother's Song and those cut-and-pastes from previous books.
Sorely disappointed. And it didn't end as if the story of Ayla is over. Could someone else please take up the pen for the next one?
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