West Monroe, LA, United States | Member Since 2009
This book was neither great nor bad. Just a nice listen. The narrators were good and though the story is told in many persons, it did not become confusing. The most interesting part of the book to me was how the different levels of society lived during Reconstruction. There was no glamour given to life before the war on a plantation nor was there the melodramatic tedium of reminiscing of the "good old days" in Dixie.
It is important to address the problem of bullying amongst young adults in this age of smartphones and social media and I like that authors are tackling this subject. But I just could not get into this story's characters. I didn't hate the book, I just didn't care for it.
I enjoy Gaskell's work, espeically her social conscious. When this book was written, to be compassionate towards an unwed mother was very unlikely so I am thankful she tried to be a voice to many young women who were ignorant of sex and had no caring guardians and therefore often ended up pregnant and abandoned. The story is good, but predictable. However, sometimes one needs a happy ending. We hear of too many unhappy endings for unwed mothers and their children in the "good old days"
I love Elizabeth Gaskell's books. Wives and Daughters was my first introduction to Gaskell many years ago. I have enjoyed "re-reading" her books in audio format as the narrator's voice and emphasis have brought passages I had forgotten or overlooked to life. I wish she had written more!
The story was rather blah, but I enjoyed the period detail and information about a culture and time that I did not know much about. I enjoyed this author's other book set in Persia better.
This is one of those books I have always been meaning to read but never have. In America's public education system, we are not required to do much reading anymore so this one was never assigned and therefore I never had the discipline to set aside time and read it on my own. I am so glad I was able to purchase the audio version. The story lends itself well to audiobook and, while the prose is definitely from another era, it is still very understandable and the themes of the book are timeless. I think even older children would enjoy listening to this one on family car trips this summer.
Enjoyed revisiting this story from my childhood. Definitely a great listen for the whole family on a road trip or during the holiday season.
I enjoyed this course. The professor was very informative and related the information in a clear and enthusiastic manner. It touched briefly on the Persian Empire, focusing mainly on the development of civilization through the Greek, Roman and then Medieval Europe world. It would have been nice to hear about Daily Life in the Ancient Far East and more from Persia and the Steppes, but I suppose they would have needed to make it two different courses. It will definitely stop your grousing and make you thankful for the precious things we have and overlook everyday in the constant race for more and better.
I enjoyed listening to this book for all of its Shaker life information. I found the main characters to be believable. I do wish the book had continued a bit longer to fully flesh out the main male character and to hear from Polly one last time.
Listening to this in the beginning, I was thinking what a great story it was - honest and with a wonderful main female character. But then 3/4 the way through she does something so out of line from her character that it left me frustrated and wondering if the book was finished by another author. I wasn't expecting a rosy ending to the story or a neat finish, since life is rarely that tidy, but I expected an ending that respected the great characters that were created in the beginning of the story. It could have been one of my favorites. Very disappointed.
I had listened to this title many years ago and decided to purchase it on Audible since I enjoy Trollope's cozy reads. It was as enjoyable the second go around but I forgot how abruptly it ends. I wish there had been one more chapter, a little bit more neatness of tying up loose ends, but maybe that is because I was so involved in the characters. I did think that the girlfriend made awful relationship choices and life decisions, but I like that Trollope reveals the consequences to her choices without preaching or being predictable.
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