This novel has such deep descriptions of the praire before and while it was being settled that I actually can picture every place in the novel in my mind. Parts of the novel still haunt my dreams. There are details and compelling descriptions of being snow-bound in cave-like early house and of being a German immigrant settling on the praire straight from the city. Best of all this novel to me celebrates the fact that to be successful in life doesn't have to mean riches and fame but can also mean living a good quite life without disaster and watching your children grow with in the company of old friends.
I think maybe I'm just in the wrong point in m life to enjoy this book. I tried to like it and listened to the first 14 chapters but I finally decided that any book I had to force myself to listen to wasn't worth it. I'm an adult with children and a job; I just don't have the time for the obsessive self analysis in this book, the teen characters in this book probably wouldn't like me either. I'm giving it two stars for interesting writing and a truthful account of being a young woman in the US but I just couldn't bring myself to listen to all of this.
Very entertaining and fascinating! Mary Roach explains everything from bone loss to space bathrooms and everything inbetween. I wasn't even that interested in the subject to begin with but like her previous books I found myself completely enthralled.
This book made me feel better about my decision to keep working even though by down-sizing my family might have been able to swing it with a single income. This book gives a lot of food for thought, I would highly recommend it to any working Mom. I live in Silicon Valley and this book does speak to my reality; I am surrounded by well-educated well-to-do women that have decided not to work and occasionally I think I'm insane for keeping working; this book reminds me that my choice is not insane.
I didn't give 5 stars because the book is quite sexist (against men) and it really does speak mainly to those women that are wealthy enough to have a choice as about working not to those women that work to make ends meet.
Maybe I'm just too old but I didn't think too much of this book. It seemed your average romance but aimed at young teens rather than middle aged women; as appropriate to the audience a no sex but lots of eye gazing. Yes there was the vampire aspect thrown in but it really didn't help much.
It was interesting to revisit that intense longing of first love. It really made me remember why teenage girls are so at risk for abusive relationships; they give themselves entirely to the boy. This book might be useful to teenage boys as a guide on what teenage girls would like the perfect boyfriend to be like but thats about it.
I bought this version of Jane Eyre after I noticed complaints about the narrators of other unabridged versions. I was very pleased with this narrator and never bored of the story.
Unfortunately the sound quality for this recording is bad, it sounds like you are listening to an old wind-up phonograph. The story itself is good but not quite as engaging as My Antonia by the same author.
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