From beginning to end, this was a compelling tale of love, family, happiness and sadness, sacrifice and riches. A tale that follows the arrival of the little Irish girl in America to a plantation in VA, through her childhood and her arrival into womanhood, and all those around her who became her family and loved ones. The Author provides an explanation at the end of the book as to how she came to write this story, and this will make you shiver. Excellent story, flows well, involves the reader, the characters come alive. Makes you smile at times, and cry at others. The Narrators, Orlagh Cassidy, and Bahni Turpin do an absoultely superb job of bringing the characters to life. As a result, this is certainly one book that I recommend listenng to v.s. reading.
This is a great story with great humor and emotion-I love the characters. Tamara Lovatt Smith is absolutely awesome in her narration of Liane Moriarty's books!
This was an a great tale-it begins with Grandma Beady encouraging her young Granddaughter to follow her dream of being a great ballerina but also warning her not to narrow her sights in life. The story flips between Beady as a young woman in Scotland and follows the trials and tribulations of this incredibly strong woman., living in a time of harsh judgement dealt to women who didn't follow Society's "rules". The story then switches to her Granddaughter now grown and a famous Ballerina in London-no spoiler here:) Grandma Beady dies and leaves her Sheep Farm to her Granddaughter who unravels the untold tale of her Grandmother's life and discovers the child that she had and kept secret. I really enjoyed this book, hard to stop listening to--I will search for others by Kimberley Freeman. And of course the narrator-Caroline Lee is one of my all time favorites with the ability to truly capture the personality of each character. I recommend you listen to this book, or read!
From the moment this book begins you are involved in the story. It's funny, it's sad, it's something we can all relate to. This is the first book I read which was written by Liane Moriarty and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Tamara Lovatt-Smith does an excellent job at narration, really capturing the essence of each character. Do yourself a favor and either read or listen to this book--you won't be sorry!
I am so glad I read the reviews on this book and purchased it--I absolutely enjoyed it more than any book I have read or listened to in a long time. In fact it is very rare that I laugh out loud at a book I am reading, this book had me laughing out loud several times. The story was excellent, the characters were marvelous and the narrator was just so entertaining and perfect. In fact when I finished listening to this book I immediately searched for other books written Liane Moriarty and narrated by Caroline Lee--and I wasn't disappointed with any of them. If you haven't read this-take the plunge-you won't be sorry!
A beautiful and intriguging story right from the beginning. Well developed characters, great story line, a seamless flow of events that keeps wanting to listen forever. The Narrator-Orlagh Cassidy does a wonderful job of communicating this story with a marvelous Italian accent and a great Irish one as well (Laura). I love this book so much, I am writing the review before I am finished listening to it--but am almost finished. It's the kind of audio book you hope to find there is a sequel to as you just can't get enough. Certainly will read more from this author.
As the author, Rachel Maddow brought great passion to her story by doing the reading. Plus, she did a wonderful job of researching and turning what could be boring lecture material into a fascinating story.
Too many to count, the whole book was great.
Not on audio book, but I certainly try and watch her show every evening.
It's just such a good ol' boys club yet.
Clearly Rachel Maddow is doing in life what she enjoys. Rachel is a gifted author and very articulate. Her passion for Politics and US History is evident in this book as well as her MSNBC Show. It's a pleasure to listen to someone who is obviously doing what they are best at. BRAVO Rachel!!
Well written, sad, funny, touching, an overall enjoyalble book. Touches on the stories we hear in the news of Politicians cheating on their wives, and the women and families behind the cameras. A story of love and forgiveness, and really just getting back in touch with one another after a lifetime of chasing careers and living the American dream.
It's not often I give up on a book, but I couldn't take it anymore--it just went on and on and on without getting to the point. Maybe someday I'll finish listening to it, but not right now.
I thought this was a great story, fast paced, a bit of humor, good story line. The Reader was good as well, I would recommend. I should note that if you like Wizards, Vampires, Fairies, and Demons, along with a good murder mystery, you'll like this audible book.
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