This is the most interesting memoir I've read in a long time. Nella Last has a remarkable gift for living her life to its fullest, and an even more remarkable gift for capturing her experiences, thoughts and feelings on paper. Add the setting -- a British housewife struggling to deal with her life in WWII -- and it's a five star story, read by a five star narrator.
Excellent, complex, beautifully written story about the Bethnal Green bomb shelter disaster of 1943, focusing less on the event itself than on the lives of people involved in it..
I wasn't sure how I'd like this book but knowing that as a member I could return it, I bought it and downloaded just one section. I agree with other listeners:the narrator is not up to the job. Her voice was okay, but she too often read sentences awkwardly, with unnatural pauses. I also found the novelist's language overwordy and awkward. Toward the end it got better, but there were many places where she used fifteen words where five would have been much better.
SIopped in first part because of narrator's style. He just wasn't my cup of tea. Since I have several other well-reviewed choices, I will try again. I've always like Flo Gibson's style with the Austen classics.
This was a fascinating story of a set of events that I knew nothing about. Other reviewers have given the details, but I just wanted to add my two thumbs up. Everything about this audiobook was great.
Jane Gardam is a terrific writer -- every sentence is a jewel. That means it's not good for listening to in complex driving situations. This book focuses on Betty, the wife of Eddie Feathers, who was the subject of her wonderful earlier novel, Old Filth.
Ingenious, funny, fascinating, creative, compassionate trip through patho-land. Jon Ronson has a mind that never stops making connections-and USEFUL ones--about psychopathia and its place in our culture. And his voice is one of the most engaging and original I've yet to experience in an audiobook. Before he's through we've been to Sweden, met a man who faked his way into Broadmoor prison and can't get out, interviewed the leader of a Haitian death squad who claims he's really a very nice guy, met a caster for tv reality shows who looks for people who are "just mad enough," met Scientologists who hate psychiatrists and the psychiatrist who spearheaded the creation of the DSM --and nothing we discover is quite what we expected it to be.
I loved this audiobook: the story it tells of William Styron's complex life alone would have been worth the price of admission, but hearing it from his daughter's point of view made it even more intense, more poignant, more complex and human. One of the best biographies of an artist and a parent I've ever read.
This book has been a thoroughly engaging listen. I kept thinking, she's told the whole story, what's going to be left for the 2d half, but it's keeps me enthralled for both parts. It's a great scientific and human interest story, in which the author deftly raises a series of important issues of science, race, class, medical and health care, economics, education, and journalism, parenting, family, loss, and mental health,
Several friends liked this book and I may as I get further in it but at least the first third feels more stiff and slightly pedantic than I'd expected it to be. I'm still trying to figure out why the author keeps having people "smirk" when they are in fact being rueful.
I'm just in the second hour of this book and am sorry that the company that published this audiobook chose T. Ryder Smith to read it. The first-person narrator is supposed to be a well-educated, articulate schoolteacher from an equally well-educated Southern family -- no, this isn't an oxymoron -- yet he mispronounces too many words that he should know. In addition, his southern accent rings false. (For example, who says "uman" for "human" in the Delta?) Another reader, speaking of yet another audible book narrated by T Rider Smith, says this: "The book is a good, very original story, but the narrator's southern accents are so bad that it warps the entire book. . . . I live in Mississippi and I can assure you that people don't talk like this. It really detracts from what could have been a very enjoyable listen." I agree.
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