Hector nailed this story about the taciturn, but extremely competent housekeeper, Ariceli, from Mexico who had worked hard to keep the house clean for her Orange County employers who had a penchant to overspend, which finally caused the camel's back to break. The lives of the Torres-Thompsons Family and their mistakes along with the wrong-decisions made for the right reasons by their housekeeper-pushed-nanny made a lot of changes in both their lives. Listened to it a lot which is the same as can't put it down.. Reader was excellent too. Reminded me a little of some of T.C Boyles' books like Tortilla Curtain. Good book.
My favorite character, of course, was Ariceli.
His ability to smoothly transition from the Spanish used to the English. The steady speed of the words and not over-emoting.
It's not literature, but it is a story about illegals who often go unfeatured in books today, though they are talked about constantly in the political world of the news.
I only listened to it. I thought the narrator was excellent and his pace of reading was great. I got interested in the characters and wanted to stay with it. Which I did until I finished it in one day. ,
I would not recommend it wholeheartedly, but with caveats. It was too easy figuring out who was the killer.The fact that the family in this story was a minister's family I should have noted before choosing this story. How his wife could complain so much about her husband's relationship with God, feeling the way she did re the same was puzzling. We spent too much time in church that was not to my liking, I know some of my friends would feel the same way. Others would be perfectly okay with that as are most of the people who really loved the book. I would probably have chosen another novel had I read more about who and where and when this story involved.
Rich Orlow's reading and interpretation of the various characters in the book was a lot of the reason I hung in there with the story. He was just right in getting some of the different speech patterns and tones done the way I would expect them to speak. Excellent reading.
I was entertained by the story, their relationships, and how they interacted with each other as husband, wife, the two boys, their sister, and the other persons that came in as various characters in the town where the people lived. Doyle, Gus, and the Indians who peopled the book seemed to come alive. The one we should have gotten to know better would have been Ariel. Perhaps, the author deliberately kept details about her purposely vague. But, no, I did not laugh or cry. I purposely fast-forwarded through the minister's long sermon directed toward his relationship with God, at the point in time when most readers would probably listen and shed tears. .
I can see see where people who are deep into belief in God and relationship with that aspect of life would enjoy this more than I. As I said, I was not all that unprepared for finding out who the wrong-doers were.
The main character was bizarre, and her story failed to interest me. Tulie or Matilda, and the strange life she led was just that, strange. It seems to me that Mr. Rachman has a philosophy about life and the world he and all of us are living in, and some, if not all of characters impart these ideas as we move through the novel.
It lacked any storyline that failed to interest me. Not Humphrey, Paul, Sarah, Tulie, Duncan. any of them.
Oh, yes the narrator did not help increase the enjoyment of this book. Her efforts to dramatize every character's voice in the novel, including little 10 year old Tulie and grown-up Tulie, Humphrey, Sarah, et al. Dramatization of a story can be more detrimental to the author's text than enhancing it. . It was so slow going, and when I tried to increase the speed, it just didn't help.
Sorry, but I can't nail down the specific scenes that should be cut. I was just glad when the end came, and my thought was, and so, that's it?
I will not be recommending this book to any of my friends. Maybe I might have enjoyed it more if I read the book and did not audit it. The Imperfectionists by Mr. Rachman, I enjoyed.,
I can't answer that since I listened to the book in almost its entirety. I know that Donna's narration did not improve my enjoyment of the tale. It is a first person account by one of the characters, and he is male, as are most of the main characters, That character is from Plano, CA, not Missisippi. Also the voice of Bunny and his character were so annoying, I even wanted to kill him within the first hour of the book. I guess that's the point of story. Some people deserve to be dead.
I read the Goldfinch, or rather listened to it, and thought that male reader was excellent, as was the story.
I think I have answered that question already. Donna found from the reviews from this book that a female author, or most authors just should leave the reading to the specialists.the narration interferes with the enjoyment of the story, which is quirky to say the least, but involving.
Sorry. No title comes to mind. At Play in Ivy-covered Walls?i
I enjoyed Goldfinch much more. This story was too single-faceted.
I really listened to this almost non-stop, though I was annoyed by the reader, who read too fast, and there was no way to slow it down without distorting the voice. It is scary to think that young college graduates like the 'heroine' of this novel can acquire millions of followers through messaging, and photographing everything. In this modern world of cameras on city-streets and at every traffic light, smartphones that are everywhere, the Google-glasses, Insta-grams, Twitter, and everything we do online ourselves with Facebook and Amazon, and the fact that what we do on these internet connected sites is being watched, it is a credible step to The Circle.
How fast one single young woman is persuaded that she was important to the world scheme of her bosses, and how she was an important entity in connecting the world through a Google-like private company. Lots of people already believe that positioning of cameras is essential to preventing crimes, or at least apprehending criminals already. Is transparency a good thing, or not?
I was caught up in it, and for the first time couldn't stop listening, though I found the speed of the narrator a shade fast for my old ears. Just a shade too fast, as I understand the need to move it along.
That name is good enough. I am not clever enough to think of another.
I will not reveal any of the most important, dramatic happenings. You will have to read it yourself to see how the story evolves, or devolves.
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