Since I read the book several years ago, I thought the audio version would be a nice revisit. The performance fell short.
Jeanette- she is a tenacious, bold survivor. She cared for her siblings when her parents could or would not.
Not audio, unless a different narration. The performance fell flat. The magic present in the voices of her characters is lost. I "heard" so much more passion, anger, frustration, pain, shame, pride, love and innocence on the pages of her books.
Open my eyes to poverty in my own backyard; be grateful for my parents and family, take nothing for granite.
Walls is one of our times best writers of non-fiction "fiction", memoirs, "real life stories". Enjoy her gift of words on paper (or kindle) to receive richest experience.
The joy, honesty, and sarcasm used by the characters to tell the story. The relevance of reference to current culture. Using current technology as a method to deliver storyline and develop characters.
Bernadette because she is hilarious and honest about her agoraphobia, her disdain for current culture of overer- parenting, her rotten and hopeless feelings and her hanging in there until she rediscovered her passion for life.
Narration jumped out of my ear phones and into my heart and thoughts. Beautiful transitions from Bee to Bernadette, to the various supporting characters.
Bernadette leaves the house and finds her life.
Loved this book,
Story line told from several character's perspectives. Fast pace while still proving plenty of background for character development and historical context of complies relationships.
Style of unraveling through many eyes.
Narration brought richness to characters.
I could have easily. However, taking breaks to think about the storyline, plot development, and the characters brought additional connection with them and the protagonist's mission.
Dark, sad and, frightening could describe the feel of this story; yet, hope, perseverance, even love are threaded through the tapestry of a tale of a family facing poverty, children living as outcasts, adults trying to do right for their children, and ultimately triumph of the very children who survived a tragedy unimaginable to most.
Yes. JJ always writes a superb story, develops characters well and her narration is sweet as honey.
Returning home, realizing what home really means and who home really is.
All of JJ's performances. This was a little different. In past stories I have enjoyed the perspective and interaction between two or more of her wonderful female characters. I did not feel the protagonist in the story had a strong female relationship thread through the story.
Absolutely. I would listen to that sweet southern syrup of a voice all day long.
Still love JJ, but this was my first JJ story I in which was not 100% engrossed.
perhaps one more.
Henry. He was depicted as almost always calm and a mature young boy. He did have secrets- but not revealed until later part of book.
consistent, very good with change-up to Henry and Grandpa.
waiting for something more to happen. plot line was predictable.
I have not read the print version so I can not compare the experience between print and audio.
Literary use of culinary technique and food procurement, preparation and presentation to tell the story and develop the rich characters.
Flowed, transitioned well between characters. Voice added to characters' development and made me feel as though I was right there, observing conversations.
Impossible to choose- each character was very real, rich and likable.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story about love, forgiveness, family, friendship, all topped off with good food!
committed unconditional love
The main character's passion, persistence and sense of humor.
Mel's acceptance of a "different" Adam.
This is a great tale of love overcoming tragedy, undying commitment, trust and acceptance.
I would recommend The Good House to a friend for a quirky tale with terrific characters.
She sounds just as I imagined the main character to sound. Her inflection and timing is outstanding. Hilarious and deeply moving, she brought the book to life.
When the main character analyzes her own behavior, first through denial, then with the help of her love interest.
The subject matter of alcoholism is very, very serious. The Good House presents an uncanny first person account of the highs and deep lows of drinking too much. The story is sprinkled with just enough small town happenings, gossip, and mystery to keep the book from being too depressing. A wild ride into the lives of a small New England community.
Yes, absolutely! Joshilyn Jackson weaves a tale with humor, grit, honest character introspection and delicious gumption. I laughed, cried, and became so involved with each character I could not wait to listen to another chapter. Jackson's narration is outstanding! Her voice is charming, funny, authentic and truly brings the characters to life. Kudos!
Glorious details bought characters to life. The story is part mystery,part straight-up humor, part family (dys) function, part humor, part sorrow and 100% engaging. Jackson's narration is superb. She brought me right into the story with her dialect, inflection, timing and grit.
Yes. All of them! Grown-Up Kind of Pretty was my first introduction to Jackson's writing. I was hooked and listened to every book available. I am ready to listen a second time around, just to revisit the characters and listen to the superb narration.
A Tale of Secrets, Survival and the Power of Family (Love/Bonds/)
I can not wait for more Joshilyn Jackson. Unlike many authors of popular fiction featuring strong women and family, she is not formulaic. Her rich details of the characters, the time and location settings, and the non-character elements bring depth to her stories without using wasted words. Every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter is engaging and truly a supporting role in the story.
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