Unoriginal story, stereotyped characters, and really irritating narration by Lorna Raver
There was NOTHING original in this story. The author took elements of "The Help" and mixed in "Driving Miss Daisy". I am dumbfounded by all the glowing reviews
I found her voice too slow and, when Izzy was narrating as her younger self, her voice should have changed to reflect this.
I would only recommend this to someone who has a particular interest in the history of the time and in conditions in the diamond mines of South Africa. The setting and discriptions of Africa were quite vivid, and the history obviously well researched. But, the characters were self-absorbed to a fault, and the story had many slow sections, then rushed to a neat but unrealistic ending.
That's the main drawback of this story. No one was very likable. Some characters were more unpleasant than others, but all of the main characters seemed self-absorbed in their respective ways. It was difficult to feel sympathy anyone.
I enjoyed this performance and would listen to another book read by this performer.
John Grisham knows how to tell a good story, and Michael Beck gave an excellent performance.
The story is a little long, and then rushed to its conclusion. The final third of the story was too predictable. And, my biggest complaint, John Grisham is too heavy handed with his incorporation of social issues ( in this case, racism) in his writing. He isn't a subtle writer, but he is a great storyteller.
Harry Rex was a kick,adding some levity to the legal drama.
This is not really my type of book, but I gave it a try because i like the narrator.
Probably not, this isn't my type of story
This narrator is the reason I bought the book. She is excellent
Yes, the story kept my interesting spite of it not being my usual choice of reading material
Yes, it would be worth another listen. So many issues and so much emotion I the story and the performance.
Julia Whelan's performance made a unsympathetic character, Sarah, poignant and real. I could understand and sympathize with her.
This is a thought provoking story on many levels, and it was a really emotional audible book. Julia Whelan was EXCELLENT ! She should get an Audie for this performance.
This might appeal to those who can find humor in oddball characters and dysfunctional family dynamics.
Narration was really good, and was the only reason I stayed with the story. Therese Plummer can change character with her voice, and she made each character distinctive.
Just the narration.
This is the rare book that is better read than listened to. It's not often I feel this way, but there is a delicacy about this story and the prose that is somehow flattened by the narrators voice. I think a different narrator would have been more effective.
Trinidad Prefontaine was fascinating and sympathetic.
This is the second book I've heard with this narrator, and I enjoyed that performance. She did a competent job here, but her voice was somehow wrong for the delicacy of this story.
It's a better book to read to appreciate the mysticism and delicacy of the story.
Yes, it's a story and performance to listen to more than once. A wonderful story and fabulous narration. Loved it !
It was exceptional. She has a perfect reading style and clear diction. One of the best audio performances I've ever listened to.
I found the story sad and sweet. Many scenes broke my heart.
Tragic, emotional, hopeful
I was pulled into the dynamics of the family. The interweaving of the parents' respective back stories and how those experiences lead to the dysfunction of their family was so well done. The characters were all well drawn and sympathetic, even when their actions were questionable.
Cassandra Campbell is an exceptional narrator, and all of her characters are beautifully read. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Hannah, the youngest child in this sad, dysfunctional family
Yes, even knowing the ultimate outcome, this is nuanced and powerful story, and the narration was fabulous.
The narrator was really exceptional. I was absolutely drawn into the story, and the question of what constitutes courage.
The first performance that I've listened to. Loved his reading of the story.
A very emotional story...I was so involved that there were times I felt like speaking directly to the characters. There is a sense of sadness that haunts the story.
I enjoyed the setting. Not too many stories are set in the cold desolation of Alaska. The story of surviving on a remote island in such harsh conditions was unique.
There was one big coincidence in the story that I felt strained credibility. And, the ending seemed rushed.
Average, nothing special
Point of Direction - where people go to escape themselves.
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