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 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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