I love Dorothea Benton Frank, every book I listen to or read is a pleasure and I would recommend this book to anyone, but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the others. Her characters are vivid, but I don't think there were enough enjoyable characters to balance the ones you want to throttle. Even the protagonist was a bit full of herself, and the wrap up made me feel a bit uneasy. That being said, however, the book was well written and worth a try for anyone who loves this genre.
What was a well-thought out and beautifully written story was nearly lost in the terrible monotone narration, it sounded as though she was just trying to rush through it. Passages that begged for what in musical terms would be called dynamics were passed over in a flat irrelevant tone. This was the second worst narration I've heard in the years and years I've been a member of audible.com (since the beginning!) and narration really does make or break a book in this venue. Consider reading the book instead of listening to it, as it is quite a story...or wait until Audible.com does it over with a better narrator.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the subject, the storyline and the narration was fascinating. I NEVER read/listen to a book twice, but this was the one exception. I highly recommend a very unique experience.
This book just drones on and on. I have never stopped listening to an audiobook, but this one I had to just quit. Perhaps the narrator had something to do with it, his voice just had a depressing monotone, it felt like everything was doom and gloom, even when it wasn't. I just couldn't get into it.
This is a lovely story, the kind of book you want to just put the world on hold and lay in your lounge chair listening to it until it is done. The narrator did a great job of creating that Southern feel to the story. I loved it.
This was just the story I needed to generate a little Christmas spirit. It hits all the right notes: Nostalgia, Love, humor, imagination and the eternal hope that the Christmas season evokes without being too sappy. The narrator is delightful, I would swear she was just sitting next to me telling me her life story and the comeuppins her family gets. I think I will listen to this one every year from now on, I have a fondness for Christmas stories and this is my favorite so far.
I chose A Thousand Splendid Suns on the off chance that it might be half as good as The Kiterunner. To my delight it did not disappoint. The characters were compelling and I was immediately drawn into the story. The experiences of these women moved me. Although I believe the story could have only been improved by a woman's insight, Hossein has done a superb job of storytelling, again. One of my best listens, I recommend it highly.
I found this devastatingly boring. Whether it was the narrator and her exaggerated pronunciation of everything, particularly the French accents, or whether it was the story itself, I don't know. I stuck it out, hoping it would "catch" and I'd want to know what happened next, but it never did. I hate to think about the time I wasted, not to mention the money. I didn't like it.
This memoir relates a devastating family life and inconceivably horrible living conditions. The story is well-written and a very good "read" but not a very good listen as the narrator has a sort of arrogant whine that takes away from the bare bones truth of the story. Thumbs up for the book, thumbs down for the narration.
This book bored me to death. Eric Jerome Dickey evidently wrote about three women so he could put all of his sexual fantasies in one book. Certainly doesn't give a voice to the women I know. There was only a shadow of a plot and the ending was oh so predictable. Save your money, buy another book instead.
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