The narrator almost ruined it for me. I did get used to her, but I didn't like the "Scary" voice interludes at all. I really missed Kate Reading. I did like the book -- and what Franklin is doing with this historical time period, which is coming together in my mind like never before. I can't believe how much time has been lost for women and medicine because of the suppression of the dark ages. Glad those times are gone! I also appreciate the author's historical notes.
The world will never have enough excellent books about Mom. This is one of them and it needs to be made into a movie! Who knew? I won't tell you the surprises, just leave it to you to read this short little gem. This is for all those imperfect moms out there and their children who will get it right, eventually, because of the bigness of their love. This was food for the soul for me because I have teens right now, and somehow feel I will never get it right again,which is a weird place to be. Now I have renewed hope.
This is a compelling story of several women and how a few of them eventually break from very stringent Charleston convention and laws that upheld slavery and bridled women. It is based upon a true story of very early abolitionist /feminist. As you will learn in the author's note at the end (which I loved as it tied it all together for me), Kidd did much research and kept this quote on her desk during the process: "History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart. We repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart our own."
This is a different type of offering for Kidd, so if you think you are going to get another "Secret Lives of Bees" you aren't. Still, if you had the heart to love that book, please read this one and remind yourself, or find out, how we even got to the sixties, and where we are going now. It is huge that we are finally finding the strength to tell and hear these difficult stories. As much as I wish that slavery and the lack of women's rights were not a part of our history, they are. It is important that we look back, so that we can continue to move forward.
If you want to read something slightly depressingly foggy and bleak, with some sides of very interesting people and their stories, with some death and even a surprising murder with a cool detective story built in, and some really funny moments,but also mingled with the oppression and misunderstanding of the law, and debt, and misery, and crooks, and lawyers, and those people who cause lawyers to exist in the first place, then please, be my guest and read Bleak House, but do it with a book, with the original illustrations. It will be so much more fun. I usually say classics are better encountered in audio as we haven't changed the way we talk that much. But with Dickens, something is just over the top with the audio word. So, I say skip this audio (nothing against the narrator either) and just read it.
I had no idea that Elizabeth Gilbert was such a tour de force in historical fiction. This is an impressive tome, a come of age story of an American girl with an unstoppable scientific mind. This kind of book about a woman with a real desire of her own wouldn't have been published maybe even twenty years ago. I think maybe general historical fiction has finally caught up with the feminist movement. That is not to say that this is a book about feminism. Rather, this is a book about a smart woman whose scientific mind took her places. If you are at all interested in Darwinism from a 19th century American Female POV, read this. And even if you are not and just want to see what else Elizabeth Gilbert writes, so long as you lasted with her through Eat, Pray, Love, you will enjoy this, too. I say that because it has the same rhythm as that book and there just might be a theme or two that are similar. Otherwise, they are night and day, so it is impressive that she can write such different material.
Ok, unless you have the play memorized, this is hard to follow without the characters before you on the stage, but it is still just EXCELLENT. Don't let that difficulty stop you, just listen to this with the play or a guide in front of you, so you always remember who is speaking and where they are.
Ann Hathaway is AMAZING!!! As if we didn't already know that. The first 2/3rds of this classic by Baum book is pretty good, too, and then it got a little long for me as an adult but I feel sure kids will still love it today. This would make a great listen during family road trip time. Highly Suggest.
I hope I'll reread this every year. Such excellent, simple concepts. Help, Help, Help! Thanks, Thanks, Thanks! Wow! I find myself doing better at this now. And I appreciate that Anne asks questions. Thanks Anne, for giving me permission to ask questions and just be myself in prayer, while reminding me of the essentials of my faith.
I'm a Huge Lamott fan. I flat out loved some of this and was just neutral on other parts. But I'm still a big fan.
Why do I keep thinking of a boy Matilda or Beowolf on steroids with a bit of Narnia and the Weird Sisters built in? Or maybe it is a bit like Big Fish, only with witches. And I can't figure out the appropriate age. Is it for adults? Is it for pre-teens? Maybe it is just for anyone with a good old imagination.
An adult man returns to the street of his childhood, and soon tells you of a come of age adventure that revs into the impossible. Turns and twists with high fantasy drama and good verses evil, and high anticipation. The monster really does remind me of Grendel’s mother with some cool contemporary twists sans Grendel. And the witches are a threesome. If that floats your boat, pick this up.
Yes I'm a glutton for punishment. I started listening to this last week before the PJC musical opened, in which I played Madame Thenardier. Partly because in some ways I'm OCD - I have to do everything I do all out, so I found I could not read anything other than something from this time period during that last month before we opened. So why not just revisit the book? And partly because our Javert, aka Walters, kept asking me esoteric questions I could not answer ( we've always competed for the prize of being the most well read Les Mis fan). So I found a short version to listen to. This one was only 12 hours long, and you'd be amazed how easy that goes by in the car or while doing chores at home, even when you are super busy in a production.
Honestly, I was really unhappy with this version, because although it was abridged, it has great ratings, so I thought I would get the meat of the story. I was surprised when huge important chunks were completely missing. There is really nothing about Fantine, the rescue of Cosette, the students, the build up to the battle, and there's quite a bit of material that didn't seem necessary.
HOWEVER, I have to confess this delivers AT THE END. I did not realize how much the final part of the musical comes directly from Hugo's pen, particularly the death scene which made me cry.
Bottom line: I only recommend this version for hardcore Les Mis fans who want a bit of a refresher and don't mind important chunks being left out. If you really don't know anything about the book, you'd probably be better off going with at least the 30 hour abridged version. Absolutely do not go for the 2 hour version. If you've only seen the musical, and you want to dig a little deeper, this version will be fine but you'll be sad about the lack of Fantine's story and little Cosette, and you won't gain an understanding about the student rebellion, although Eponine and Gavroche's deaths are exquisite.
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