Glorious certainly rates high on my list of audiobooks.
I love historical fiction when it is done well, and this was very well done. It was easy to believe that Easter and Rain lived through those times. It was easy to believe that their stories were true. McFadden managed to present the really difficult truth of the cruelty that existed (and still does, I'm sure) with the glorious feeling of a life well lived.
Alfre Woodard's voice is like velvet. The voices she created for the characters gave real dimension to the listening experience.
The book (actually all of the books in the series) were WAY too detailed, so the plot barely plodded along.
I'm listening to "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoet" now.
The reader's voice was pleasant, but his character voices weren't very distinct and voices he did for the women were awful.
I understand these books were praised by scientists for their scientific accuracy. Unfortunately, while I really do love science, these books get bogged down in details of both science and philosophy. Occasionally, there will be a plot point to move the story along. I often find that I've tuned out the details and then realize I just missed a plot point and had to rewind.
The narration is okay, but he doesn't do much to differentiate voices and sometimes his voice becomes annoying.
I don't really know why, but I'm listening to the second book. It is taking me much longer than usual to listen to this book. In truth, I listen to it as I'm falling asleep. I'm not sure if I'll go on to the third.
Now I'm wondering why I gave it 3 stars. I guess because the premise is good, and if it had been seriously edited, it may have been a good book and probably could have accommodated all three volumes of this trilogy.
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