Growing up in Alabama in the 60s, I remember so much of what this book is about. My family had a "housekeeper" who came one day a week, but I sense she felt much the same way as the characters in the book. I hope our family was one of the "good families". This book captures the tone and the struggles of this time in history in way that is riveting and enlightening. This is the first audio book I have reviewed, even though I probably have read at least 40 over the past couple of years. I recommend this listen and know I learned a few things while listening to this excellent book. The narrators are the best I have ever heard and have made this book even better to listen to than to read.
Set in the south, I loved Lenore's accent and sayings. She is like a number of older women I knew growing up in Alabama. Fannie's narration is spot on. I came to love Sookie and also Fritzi.
Sookie's adventures with the psychiatrist.
Her narration is great and captured the accents of the different people perfectly.
Adventures of a proper Southern Belle.
My audible download has some repetition. When the book ended, my iPod showed there was another 1:45 left. Unfortunately it was repeated materiel. I was so disappointed since I thought I was in for some more fun times with Sookie.
I can't say I enjoyed this book, but I am very glad it listened to it. The subject matter of Alzheimer's is an uncomfortable one. Having known people who suffer with this difficult disease, I gained insight into what goes on in their head. I think what surprised me most was that as Alice's disease progressed, she seemed happier even though she couldn't identify even her family and couldn't remember things. She began to respond to the love of those around her. Reader sounded a little younger than I would have expected Alice to sound.
I enjoy learning about other cultures as well as history. Dreams of Joy pulls you in and never lets go. Unexpected twists and turns of the plot, all the while learning the history of China under Mao is captivating. I have also listened to Shanghai Girls which is the prior novel and would probably recommend listening to it first. I highly recommend these two listens - great author and great narrator.
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