I loved the setting of this book in Cornwall and usually I love British books and accents but this time I couldn't really get past the pronounciation of the main character's name-Sarah, which the reader pronounced SAR-ah. I've heard British people pronounce the name as SAIR-ah, like American's do, so it was kind of distracting to me - since her name was said hundreds of times throughout the story.
Probably a minor criticism but the main character did tend to repeat the same things over and over as she told things to different people in the story. I didn't care too much for the ending either.
The book was fine but not one of my favorites.
Yes, it was a really good book. The historical details were well researched and thorough and performances were good.
The historical aspects. I learned a lot about Puritan New England. Many of the characters were real people so you can research them and see how the book compared to real life.
I read and re-read all of Anya Seton's books years ago but had not read this one. Even though it was written in the 1950's, I think, it didn't seem dated at all. Great historical fiction. I was so interested, I even looked up many of the characters to see what became of them in real life.
I've listened to all of Lucinda Riley's other books and really liked them. This one just kind of fell flat for me. Can't really think of what I liked best. The part with Izabela's story was probably what I liked best. Things I didn't like about the book tho was that Maia's and her five sister's adoption by a tremendously wealthy man seemed very improbable and it is the premise of the entire story. They lived a fairy tale existence that didn't ring true at all.
Also, the interesting part of the book, which was Izabela's story, didn't actually have much to do with how Maia ended up being adopted. Maia's mother's story was reduced to about 10 minutes of the book and was a totally jarring note to the whole thing. To me a better tale would have been that Izabella got pregnant and was forced to give up her baby, who turned out to be Maia. I didn't really get what Izabela's story had to do with it except it was part of her history.
Also, although the reader's performance was good in that she apparently spoke several languages, it was kind of distracting too. It's like she overly enunciated the foreign language parts. And the fact that everybody in Izabella's time called their mother and father Mow and Pie was strange, to say the least. I even looked up to see if, in any other language, this was used but couldn't find anything.
Too many questions left unanswered. Just a "she might never know....."
I didn't like the ending to Isabela's story either.
Can't do it in 3 words. Many of her characters sounded exactly alike so it was hard in conversations sometimes to tell who was talking.
It has lots of good reviews so others would have to decide for themselves.
I've listened to other Francine Rivers books and enjoyed them. This one was too preachy. I do love Kate Forbes though and always enjoy listening to her. She really fits the characters.
Take out the word for word Bible quotes. The idea of 2 pretty young kids suddenly preaching entire sermons full of long, long quotes from the Bible didn't ring very true. They listened to the Man from God and suddenly they were channeling him.
Kate Forbes draws you into the story. She really fits this type of story. Her narration kept me listening when otherwise I probably would have skipped to the end.
I know I'm a dissenting vote here on this book but it just didn't ring true to me. Real mountain people usually are very much fundamentalist Christians. Apparently not one of these people even owned a Bible. Every word was new to them. I can't imagine a place where people don't have access to at least one Bible. I understand it was a fictional way to present redemption through Christ but it was just way to heavy handed for me. I still can't get past the idea of two kids suddenly giving such extended testimonials and being able to quote so much from memory. I suppose if it was a miracle, then it could happen but it just didn't seem that miraculous to me.
I would have to warn any friend who was thinking of listening to this book that it was just too full of unrelenting sadness and hopelessness.
I wouldn't recommend it. The writing and narration was great but it was just too depressing. If I'd been reading it, I would have skipped through to the end to see how it turned out. For those who don't know what the people of the Ukraine suffered under Lenin and Stalin's rule, it is a good education. They were unrelentingly inhumane. After a few examples tho, I'd had enough. When Luka was a prisoner, it seemed like it went on for months. Then they said he'd only been a captive for 2 days! Felt lots longer to me.Also, I felt like the entire concept of the story didn't really seem like it could have happened in the time they were living. All of Luka's experiences with the Communists happened to people but I think demented, child killers who ate flesh and made a game of it are more of a modern concept.
I liked the main character, Luka for his strength and endurance. It's hard to believe that people actually endured this sort of life and still continued living. I did like Bronson Pinchot's narration because it really fit the story and Luka.
No, I really couldn't endure anymore suffering.
This book reminded me of Unbroken. People raved about that book and it was a best seller for months. I listened to that one and skipped through many parts because how much can you take of someone being beaten and starved and tortured? I felt like we were living a day to day account of his life in the Japanese prison camp.The Japanese were BAD, ok I got it. In this book, it was the same. The Communists were inhuman. I skipped over some parts just to get through it, altho I did like Luka and wanted to see how things turned out in the book, it was just too depressing to listen to every word.
The author spent a whole chapter with the heroine in a fog, taking in the hero's extraordinary great looks and about 5 minutes on his deep baritone voice. When the hero spoke tho, he sounded like a teenage cartoon character. I realize it's hard for women to do men's voices but I think my biggest criticism is that it was all just too boring to listen to. People who love, love, romance novels would probably like this book but for me there was too much of the heroine being fainting and delicate and swooning over the hero's good looks. I just couldn't get past the first 4 chapters and had to return the book.
Maybe I should have read through the reviews more thoroughly. I would still check out other books in this genre.
The hero's voice sounded like a teen cartoon character.
Rebecca has been a popular book since it was first written in 1938. Some of the ideas about women are, of course, outdated, by 2013 standards, but I like the old-fashioned air of the book. The second Mrs. DeWinter's name is never revealed but she is painfully shy and timid, which women today probably can't imagine in a heroine.
The narrator was great and really fit the old-fashioned style of the story. I would highly recommend it if you like old-fashioned romances.
Not really sure. The heroine was pretty timid and shy, Maxim was brooding, and of course Mrs. Danvers and Jack Favel were evil. Rebecca, too. So hard to choose someone who was a "favorite."
She did all the characters well, even the men, which is unusual for a reader. She did a great Jack Favel and Mrs Danvers.
I think I would have liked the story but the narrator was very annoying! I realize it's hard to do different accents and things but some of the character's voices bordered on weird. The men were ultra loud and you could almost see the spittle coming from some of their mouths when they talked. I hate to be critical and usually am not but I couldn't get past the strange accents and voices of the characters. I was only able to listen to about 90 minutes of it.
No, I love WWII books.
I didn't even finish it.
I think the audio version has to be better because the narrator just brings out the very best in the witty writing style.
Yes, I love Kerry Greenwood's style of writing. She's a terrific writer and that shines out over and above the actual plot of the story. If they don't care to read about 2 homosexuals having sex too, they should not listen to this book. I don't care if there are gay characters but don't really want to listen to homosexual love scenes. To me it didn't add anything to the book.
Yes, I listened to one other Kerry Greenwood book and really loved Stephanie Daniels. I'd listen to her again in anything she read.
I listened to Unnatural Habits, the only Kerry Greenwood book I've listened to before this, and actually liked the story line of that one over this one. The mystery aspect of this book was only so-so and I didn't rally care for the plot about the two homosexual lovers. I don't mind gay characters but this one got pretty graphic and I just don't find that interesting or worth listening to. In this book, the actual mystery wasn't all that interesting and it was kind of back burner.
Those who love Joshilyn Jackson will find this disappointing. maybe those who haven't read her other terrific books might like it.
Her other books all had downhome Georgia characters and her narration for those characters just sparkled. In this one, the characters are just so-so and she drastically changed her reading style somehow. Maybe this was an experiment or maybe she just didn't have an idea to equal her other, more amazing books.
Joshilyn Jackson usually adds a whole other great dimension to her books by her own readings. This one just didn't sound natural. Like she was enunciating too clearly or something. I don't know who else might have done it better.
I don't know if the author was experimenting with another style or what but hope she goes back to her old style for the next one. I have loved all her books prior to this one and really looked forward to each new offering. Next time I will probably research the reviews more before I purchase.
If the first part had been much, much shorter. Maybe just told the mother's story. I agree with one reviewer who said the father could have avoided a horrible childhood for his daughters if he'd just told them what their mother had been through so they could understand. What father would let his children think their mother just didn't love them rather than just sitting down and having an honest talk with them. I almost quit listening to this book because the first part is nothing but going on and on about what a dysfunctional family they were. It wasn't very entertaining.
No matter what the mother had been through, since she had loved her children from the past so much, I can't see her treating her daughters so badly for 40 years.
I might get another one, depending on the reviews.
She did the mother's accent and all the Russian accents very well.
The story of Russia in World War II was very well told. I've studied WWII history so I was familiar with the story but this book brought it to life. It was very well told and very well researched.
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