Yes! Engrossing story, richly drawn characters and wonderful language.
The Colonel, for his growth of character through the narrative.
No, but I immediately searched him--he is absolutely the best narrator ever--his diction was lovely, his accent superb, and his enunciation and pronunciation perfect and that is including his excellent French and Latin phrase turns as well. Perfection! I wish he had a hundred books to his name in voice! First rate! Top notch! Sublime!
I laughed and cried, though more laughs out loud and just a little tearing up, nothing extreme for this was Vanity Fair...
This is a pleasingly long book--at first daunting, then eagerly appreciated for its length and depth of story. Fabulous.
Yes. Beautiful imagery. Humor and sadness.
When Little Tree is listening and talking to the trees. When the 'politicians' following him on the trail lie down for a nap in the poison ivy.
His intonation and pausing at just the right times and his consistent perfect pronunciation of mountain talk brought each character alive and gave warmth and beauty to the story.
I laughed many times and wept at least 2 or 3 times.
This story is so compelling and the narrative voice is so profoundly distinct.
It's like a native american voice of Catcher in the Rye--it's that full of hope in the midst of craziness. The humor, wry and heart stopping at times is weaved deftly throughout the entire novel--pathos abounds too. His sister's story, his grandmother's story, his dad's friend's story--so much to take in and all of it lovely and sad and real.
The basketball playoffs stood out as well as many other school scenes and the scenes with his best friend - really the entire book is a jewel.
Junior goes off the Res...
The narrator did a fantastic job--lilting singsong voice that vividly brought the culture of the reservation clear to the listener.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to--the narrator is absolutely exquisite--perfect pronunciation, her readings of the characters were spot on and helped create the most atmospheric, creepy and mysterious ambience that drove the story forward. Absolutely unforgettable. A standout early female power struggle story.
Oh yes--you never knew what the real or underlying motivations of the lead characters were. The writing is so good, you are led on, wondering, curious and desirous for the driving motivations.
The opening line is unforgettable, as is the last, but the scenes between Mrs. Danvers and the heroine are riveting.
Ummm, a phenomenal film of this book exists, by Alfred Hitchcock, no less and with Laurence Olivier! There are 4 taglines, of which I include this one: The shadow of this woman darkened their love.
During a time of female lead character fiction: The House of Mirth, The Awakening, The Wide Sargasso Sea, etc., this novel stands out as one in which the female comes to the brink of choosing insanity and possibly suicide and instead chooses power...It is a perfect novel.
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