This is a "Top Ten"!
I found the story and characters absolutely spellbinding. The crescendo of suspense is perfectly modulated, and the author's imagery is nothing short of gorgeous.
Eva. Another reviewer complained about the narration. I thought the narration was pitch perfect, a very feminine voice for a very feminine story. Every character has his or her own voice. The listener will notice changes in diction between them.
Spoiler alert .............. Millicent. What a tragically awful and misguided person!
Please give this beautiful book a listen!
I loved this two part series. I found the characters, story, and narration to be a perfectly fulfilling. Don't miss this!
What took me so long? When I wasn't listening to this, I was thinking or talking about it. Don't miss this great family wartime saga!
We so enjoyed having a little listen during the busy holiday season. Thank you Audible!
This is easy listening with wit and charm. I'll likely listen to more from this series.
I love it when I find a new author. After a string of books I couldn't finish, I found this one especially delightful.
I don't know how this gets so many great reviews. My husband and I agree this book was rather stupid. After a strong beginning, the story quickly became tedious and annoying. You might like it if you're a fan of slapstick and can tolerate an excess of supernatural creatures.
Seriously, I thought the author would eventually reveal that this family (and all of Broken Harbor for that matter) was poisoned by lead plumbing, what with all the mental health issues and shoddy construction.
As I listened to the first two-thirds of the book I kept telling my husband this was one he shouldn't miss. I found the story and setting fascinating. I laughed at the bursts of levity that popped through. I loved the sidekick.
Alas, in the end I was just getting through a tedious resolution. In summary: a great story with an excess of psychiatric patients.
What a great performance from Elizabeth McGovern! I loved how this story offered glimpses of early twentieth century America. I was imagining the lives of my grandmothers, both born in 1903, one very staid, the other a New York flapper.
Though jolted by the drastic change of pace towards the end, I have to say I'm glad the author let us in on the lifelong fates of the characters. It's a great story and an easy listen.
Wow. I loved this book! Our poor, hapless, completely passive character steps onto the roller coaster of life.
So many scenes are simultaneously outrageous and hilarious. Were it not for such shrewd levity, I could not tolerate so pathetic a character. Therein lies the brilliance of the book.
There's so much sadness, but it's mostly in the past. The story is really about moving ahead in spite of it all.
It's not often we get a character we can pity, laugh at, and then ultimately cheer to victory.
The author is also a favorite narrator. Great voice!
Bonnie Jo Campbell's writing is gorgeous. All of the characters, even the creepy ones, were interesting. As Margo encountered them, I wanted to see what would unfold. I wanted to protect her!
She gave everyone a unique voice. Her voice and accent are very soothing.
Margo, of course. For all her weaknesses, she's tough. She idolizes Annie Oakley, which I found to be a very sweet construct. Her morality develops through her own experience making it truly genuine.
For me this was a very believable and creative tale of a teenage girl left to fend for herself. I was fascinated by her challenge to figure out where she fit in with the struggles between family, society, and her personal urges.A great character has profound weaknesses. Her strengths are revealed to her as she grows. She steadily walks the fence between victim and plotter. And anyone who had difficulties socializing at fifteen can relate to at least some of her behavior. Such stupid things we did as teenagers!Like it or not, the type of people she encounters are really out there, all too ready to prey upon our many homeless and abused children.I found this beautifully written and narrated book suspenseful, memorable, and insightful.Highly recommended!
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