Great story....could have been better written. While I appreciate the old world language and the authenticity of the descriptions, I would have preferred the author come back to the present day language once in awhile. I think the change in language would have made the book easier to plow through....its quite a tome and requires endurance to finish. I own a home in Asheville where Vanderbilt's grandson built a beautiful "castle". I've always wondered about the origin of the money and the sensibilities that allowed such a grand vision come to fruition.
I love travel, history, art and architecture as much as anyone, but this novel was disappointing compared to predecessors. Some bits of the story were very entertaining but the overabundance of descriptive narrative became irritating and left me thinking where are you going with that and how does this improve the story?
Well written and performed with moving insights into dog loyalty, behavior, and handling. The story kept moving and rarely fell into expected turns of events that I experience in the crime genre. A love story about a man and his dog.....refreshing.
Autobiographies are a favorite of mine particularly when they are read by the author. Her performance and singing added poignant depth. Music, fame, searching for love and overcoming repeated betrayals and setbacks is heartbreaking. It is the story of one woman and its the story of all women who struggled through feminist equality from the 50s through the 70s: a time Boomers will recall and appreciate the change we see today thanks to activists who weren't and aren't satisfied with conserving the status quo. Janis was one of those change agents.
Good for its genre... Two story lines add dimension to the book. Ending leaves the reader with questions about the hero and heroine of the story which adds a bit of a twist.
I thought I had enough of WWII storytelling and was reluctant to buy this book. I did so based on how much I enjoyed her previous best seller (I love horses) and of course, the online reviews. I was not disappointed. The story was moving, well told and kept me interested, though I knew the hero had made it out alive. The ending got a bit soppy, but overall it was a good "read".
I've been a Rob Lowe fan since "West Wing" and was not just disappointed, but shocked when he left the show. The loss of his character left a huge void for me as I considered him the best and most believable character in the story. After listening to him tell the story of what happened behind the scenes, I understand better the "why" yet it doesn't make up for the loss. Too bad that things couldn't have worked out to accommodate his powerful performance as well as Sheen's.
As for this book, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, his openness and especially his performance. It leaves me missing him and wishing he would return to a series/mini-series so that I could enjoy his crisp and intelligent performances on a regular basis.
Thoroughly enjoyed Colin Firth's performance. I would probably enjoy listening to him read a dictionary. The story itself is frustrating in its efforts to deal with religious beliefs perhaps because it was written in an earlier era and is a bit dated.
After a confusing beginning the story evolved into an interesting tale of a sad era in the history of our nation. This story tells of a time when women were denied equality and slavery of men and women was legal. Gratefully, the human race has made strides in righting these injustices. A bit long, but a compelling, if sad, story.
Well written and performed about a fascinating time in American/European history with tidbits about famous artists of that era. Too bad audible books aren't accompanied by photos that would deepen the experience.
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