I enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to in a long time. It has some really funny sections. I especially enjoyed the birthday party for the 4-year-old boy. If you have ever had workmen at your home, you'll enjoy that description.
If you like Trollope, give this a listen.
This is a really long, complicated book with multiple plot lines and many, many characters.. I was thinking, "Will this ever end?" before it was over. It helped to download a list of characters to figure out who was who.
The narrator does a GREAT job with different voices, always staying in character. He brings out the comedy in many scenes.
I read this book over 40 years ago as a teenager and have seen the movie several times. It was great to listen to it with my "older ears." Even though I knew everything that was going to happen before it did, and I haven't cried at a movie or book in decades, I cried at this one.
Some of the politics now have their roots in the politics of that time. One reviewer talked of the racism and sexism in the book. Those were the times, and the book wouldn't have been true to life without them. It's a shame that some people are still stuck in those times.
I've lived in the South all my life and hate fake Southern drawls. The narrator did not offend me. She did a great job.
This is the last time I buy a book without checking the one-star review at Amazon. This is a silly, silly book. It is told in first-person by a slave who is the fastest runner, the best artist, the most talented architect, a doctor, a fortune teller, a boat designer, etc., etc.
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