Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009
melodrama of history.
There were no particularly memorable moments in this book for me though it was a solid read.
I found the continual mourning of the main characters almost tiresome, though this book is no doubt at least partially based on true fact.
I enjoy Ms. Gregory's books and will continue to "listen" to them! Bring on the White Princess.
I did not read the print version so I am unable to compare.
I think when Alice's memories came flooding back to her… I could barely imagine what that would be like.
I think if I could have, I would have read this book in one sitting… it grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go.
I was very disappointed in the ending which was contained in a post script type section.I will not ruin the story for readers. However, I loved the book up until the end section, at which point I was upset and frustrated with the choices made by the protagonists. That is all I will say.
No, I would not change anything, but I would not market the book for adults… it is really a pre-teen or teen read.
This one was light and not unenjoyable, but meant for a much younger audience.
No, haven't listened to Emily Elden before.
I can't say the book inspired me to do anything in particular other than to judge people by their moral values rather than their looks. Viola had a brief relationship with a boy in the book and was taken by the fact that he was her first boyfriend and very good looking. He turned out to be a selfish creep. She wisely separated herself from him once she saw who he really was.
I really enjoyed the voice of the narrator, especially with "B" 's voice. He added to my vision of this character and helped me visualize him in my mind's eye.
I didn't really find that there were ups and downs in this book… just a solid flow from beginning to end. I enjoyed visualizing the various descriptions of decor including the various parts of the church that "B" was commissioned to renovate.
I found that Mr. Hoye's voice was particularly good for "B" (Bartolomeo)
I would have to say that "B" was the most memorable character… a consummate decorator inside and out. HE was someone I would enjoy meeting and talking to… and I would probably hire him to decorate for me!
I really like Adriana Trigiani's characters and stories. This one was a bit different from others I have read in that there was no burning romance. But one was always left wondering if B would become involved… whether with a man or woman. His sexuality was never developed in the book so we did not know if he was gay or not, not that this would matter or affect the story in any way. A very enjoyable read.
I feel that Adriana's books have a similar theme and I would probably compare this book to The Shoemaker's Wife, in that both women hesitate to get involved with their husbands and then fall deeply in love with them, subsequently losing them.
Cassandra Campbell has read most of Ms. Trigiani's books and does a good job though she does not compare to Ms. Trigiani herself.
No extreme reactions this time.
It is frustrating when authors repeat the same theme in numerous books. It makes them to some degree, predictable. I find that somewhat annoying. However, I did enjoy the book and enjoy the characters.
I found that the direction of this story changed sufficiently often as to draw the reader into different aspects of the storyline. Though at times, this was annoying as it seemed to be leading nowhere, the nature of the connection became obvious near the end of the book.
I found the story engaging and I really came to like Jake, the head lawyer for the estate of Seth Hubbard.
The end was my favourite part of the story, for many reasons. I cannot reveal the details or I would ruin the book for other readers.
I particularly liked the part of Lucian (spelling?) as portrayed by Mr. Beck. I liked his character… almost a typical redneck.
I found the notion of a man leaving his children and grandchildren out of his will upsetting but in the end, I came to understand the rationale for this. I empathized heavily with Lettie and her family.
This was a really well-done legal thriller. The accents as done by Michael Beck were excellent and very believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I think I enjoyed Nella's mother and father the most, with the thick Italian accent. Cassandra gives the Italian accent a realistic slant and she is easy to listen to. Her voice is soft yet crisp.
Queen of the Big Time was an odd title for this book as it referred to a contest that the protagonist's niece entered rather late in the book. I don't think I would have given the book that title. More likely, I would have named the book The Nella Blouse Factory. (a la The Supreme Macaroni Company). I really enjoy Adriana Trigiani's writing style and really love the Italian families she portrays. From the epilogue and interview at the end of this audiobook, it is clear that this book was taken from Ms. Trigiani's own family story. My only criticism of this book is that this is the third book written by the author in which the protagonists's husband dies. (The Shoemaker's Wife, Brava Valentine are two others)
It's almost at the point where I would expect it in the next book I read. However, the characters are very real and well developed. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read.
Anyone who enjoys Adriana's writing would enjoy this book.
I enjoyed the various characters. Gabriel, Valentine, Aunt Feen and others, came alive with the help of Cassandra Campbell.
I felt she did a number of the voices very well, especially Valentine's mother. The voice of Gabriel was a bit too similar to Valentine's mother but also fairly well done.
I'd call it "Heart on the Line"
I find that Adriana Trigiani's heroines have a seemingly difficult time with commitment in relationships and I sometimes feel as if I need to shake them to get them to take the leap into the relationships that are good for them. These are enjoyable, solid reads.
I found that Adriana Trigiani gave life to the characters in her books. Initially, I found her voice irritating. But over time, came to love it and the effect it had on my being able to relate to the characters in this trilogy.
I would listen to Home to Big Stone Gap again simply because it completed the story of the previous three books.
Though Cassandra is a good reader, had her voice been used for the previous three books I don't think I would have given it a second thought. However, Adriana's voice became that of Ave Maria so much so that Cassandra's voice completely changed the character for me. I really missed Adriana's voice, which is funny because it took me so long to get used to it in Big Stone Gap!
Again, it would definitely be Ave Maria. She had somewhat warped ideas of how to be a good mother and wife… though she came through in the end after thinking things through. I kept thinking she and Pete would get together and wondered if Adriana would write a fifth book that brought them together???
Loved this "Quadrilogy". The people were like my family… I really got to know them and love them. Sometimes, I wanted to take Ave Maria and shake her up… but her good sense always ruled the day in the end.
Though it took me some time to get used to Adriana Trigiani's voice, by the time I was reading Big Cherry Holler, I was loving it and visualizing the characters in my head. I loved following the various people in the book and began taking a vested interest in the wellbeing of Ave Maria and her family.
Her accents were spot on. I loved them and though I couldn't see how, after listening to her more recent books, I could get into a book such as Big Stone Gap, I very much did.
I think that since Ms. Trigiani grew up in the area where the story takes place, she was able to capture the feeling of the culture of this society.
For sure it would be Ave Maria. I loved the way as she was talking to people, she reflected immediately on her inner thoughts which were often quite different from the way she was coming across to the person spoken to. I could really relate to her perspective much of the time.
This series is nothing short of delicious. I have just read the third book and have just downloaded the fourth. xxxAdriana
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