I am the one who fell for buying a book entitled Labor Day to listen to on a long Labor Day Weekend drive.
The book is depressing, slow, and not at all realistic in its depiction of 13 year-old boys. I finally turned it off to avoid getting so down that I'd drive myself into a tree! I didn't finish it, but will probably never forget how it cast a cloud over Labor Day 2009.
It has been a long time since I've listened to a book that had me devising ways to get a little more time in the car just so I could hear the next chapter. I love the way Ms. Jackson reveals that (surprise!) even a lower middle class Mississippi woman can see the world through a multi-layered array of observations and emotion.
Joshilyn Jackson is superb, especially when reading the thoughts of Big. Her girlish voice sounds vulnerable, but reveals a woman who is surprisingly strong and witty. No one but the author could really understand the nuances intended for her characters.
I happened to see this title in a book catalog and thought I'd check Audible to see if it was available. Expecting a fluffy, light read, I was happily surprised to find the book was set in middle Georgia, right where I live. To be honest, my enjoyment of the story was centered mostly around trying to figure out exactly where the story was set-- Barnesville or Zebulon-- or a fabrication set somewhere in between. Most of the references were spot on, but others were not realistic. Like stating that the local Walmart had gone out of business. Come on, once we get one, the only thing that's going to happen is building a bigger one!
This is purely chic lit for the lightweight listener, but there are times when all of us would like to take a brain vacation.
Isabel Keating does just one redneck old lady voice and it sounds a lot like Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies. She mis-pronounces Piggly Wiggly as Pig-gel-ly Wig-gel-ly. Some of the other accents grate on your nerves. I'd rather she didn't try to do the accents at all if she can't get them right, but I must admit that she is not so annoying as to make me stop listening.
This was a fun book to listen to driving back and forth to work. In fact, I've listened to several other Mary Kay Andrews books since this one, mainly to enjoy the Southern locales that are the focus of all her novels.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book and one of the best narrations I've ever heard. I think that I possibly enjoyed it more from having seen the movie first-- an odd twist. You will not be disappointed!
I happen to love it when an author reads their own work. I'm not sure how interesting a whole book on butchery will be, but the first chapter certainly had my attention. I love the dance of human interaction and getting to see what someone else is really thinking. Julie Powell gives us that, and I appreciate it.
I feel it my public duty to warn others not to waste a credit on this mess. I can't say it any better than the reviewer from NC on 11/11/09: "sophomoric, repetitive, self indulgent prattle". I suspect that the earlier superlative reviews were planted.
This was the first audio book since The Secret Lives of Bees that had me obsessed with trying to find minutes of alone time to listen.
I'm from the South and was about May Mobley's age when the book took place (toddler), so I can't really say if it's completely true to the time, but it struck a cord. I loved that Abellyne.
Can't stop thinking about that chocolate pie!
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