Cherry Hill, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012
I loved the look at the Reconstruction era.
I liked how the author managed to suck me in with the story of Charles Maine and his difficulty fitting into a post war world. I got this book to just finish out the trilogy, but I wasn't that interested. However having read the first 2 felt I had to read the last one. I was surprised at how much the book managed to hold my interest.
I have heard a number of Grover Gardner's audio performances. He did a good job, but his wasn't the vocal style I would have picked for this series. He sounds too Western. Better would have been 2 readers - one with a Mid-Atlantic accent for the Hazards, and one with a South Carolina accent for the Maines.
A different narrator.
Some interesting experiences by the author.
Tragic, poignant, mundane, humorous - all sounded the same by this guy. Also, totally wrong accent. Couldn't they have found someone with a southern accent to read the book. After all this is the classic memoir of a private soldier from the Confederate side.
The anthology nature of the work screams for better navigation and descriptions. I don't necessarily want to listen to it in order since the chapters can stand on their own. I would like to be able to jump around and listen to the chapters that interest me and skip the ones that don't.
It will take a while before I listen to this book again. Primarily because of the length. I didn't like how the book basically jumped from WW-1 Generation in book 1 to barely mentioning them in book 2. It worked but some kind of transition would have been preferable. It is a long story, and by the end I was comfortable with the jump and the new characters but it bothered me at first. I listen to audiobooks on my commute and on my daily dog walk. Long stories give me something to listen to that lasts a while.
Oddly enough I will listen to very long books but I am not quite so likely to read them. I do more listening than reading so I keep my "reading" books to 3-400 pages. I would never have read this book but I enjoyed listening to it.
No. way too long.
I look forward to the next book in the series. Now that I know it will jump to the next generation I am ready for it, and should probably enjoy it more.
The narrator is just a joy to listen to. I have always been a big fan of Kidnapped. I remember reading both books as a kid but I've never read Catriona again. Having seen a movie version of Kidnapped (the Michael Caine version) recently I felt like reading the follow up book again. Wasn't exactly like I recall. Somehow I liked James Stuart of the Glenn getting off better than his being hanged in almost an afterthought. Still an enjoyable book.
David Balfour was as clueless with women as so many of us are. I am still with David, I have no idea why Miss Grant's letter to him would so upset Catriona. I rather wish the author had shared the secret with us.
I want to say he did "Farewell to Catilonia" by Orwell. If it wasn't him it was his audible double. They both were very pleasant books.
Some parts of the story were a bit disjointed. RLS made a big deal of Davie trying to get James of the Glenn exonerated and then announces his hanging as almost an afterthought. Kidnapped was a better thought out book. It was nice to see David get the girl in the end though.
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