I have listened to this book twice already, and will probably listen to it again before the end of the summer. It is a sweet, satisfying story written with believable characters, a great sense of humor and style. Each of the characters hold their own in the story, and together, the ensemble is a force to be reckoned with.
I loved the tenderness shown between James and Odette: how James made coffee for her and tried to style her hair while it was falling out. The intimacy between the two of them was endearing and sweet. I also liked the tender relationship between Barbara Jean and Chick. Dora was great for comic relief.
Both readers did an amazing job, with just the right inflection for each character.
I laughed and cried. I celebrated the characters' triumphs and felt their pain I think that I ran through all of the human emotions with this book.
Remembering how much I loved "Rebecca" by Daphne DuMaurier when I read it in high school, I quickly purchased this book because the description compared it to the beloved classic. Perhaps I was younger and more naive when I read Rebecca, however I found Moonrise to be annoyingly predictable in it's plot and I did not care for the narrations nor most of the characters. The narrators did a reasonable job with the women's voices, however the narrator who read Tanzy's part did a poor job with the men's voices. Those parts were difficult to listen to. She reminded me of Ethel Mertz imitating Fred, which is funny in an "I Love Lucy" episode, but not so fun in this performance.
It was also difficult to tolerate the characters except for Willa and Linc, and the plot did not keep me interested. Helen's naivete was overdone for someone in her 40's, and Kit was over-the-top self-centered. Tanzy added some comic relief, but far too late in the book; however her character had the potential to be one of the stronger and more interesting characters in this book, but she came off being superficial, which was disappointing. The men's characters, except for Linc, were completely underdeveloped.
Remakes of classics are so hard to get right. Perhaps more plot twists or better character development of the men in the book.
No. The "mystery" was solved, and I don't care enough about the characters to follow them through another summer. Actually, I take that back: it would be nice to follow Willa's story in a follow up book.
An amazing book, the best that I've read this summer. So much more satisfying that other best sellers such as "Gone Girl". The characters were well developed throughout the course of the book. Transitioning between the past and the present was done smoothly. A chilling suspenseful read.
This is my first book that I have listened to by this author. I will definitely listen to more.
The story is reminiscent of some of Dean Koontz' earlier books.
This is the first time I have been moved to write a review. This book was absolutely amazing, from the quality of the writing, to the plot, the character development and the themes that were covered. It takes place in the early 1960's, and describes the lives of the black maids and the families that they worked for during the infancy of the civil rights movement. Although I grew up in New York, several of my friends headed south for the summer to stay with family, and came back with stories of aunts and grandmothers who were domestic workers for white families. I was initially concerned that the African American characters would be portrayed as childlike and timid. However, the author gave equal voice to all of her characters, and each of them were treated with dignity and respect. This book gives a realistic inside story of what was going on during the civil era, not from the churches and the streets, but from the homes of families who initially thought that they were immune to such activity. I have recommended to all of my friends, black, white and Hispanic. It is truly a stellar work, and I hope that Ms. Stockett continues to write.
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