I usually love this type of book using popular culture to bring history alive. this was boring, poorly written, poorly organized. I thought Orleans was an acclaimed writer..as I was listening there were so many points where she could have made this a great story, but it read like a term paper, a list of chronological events.
Better research, bring your characters to life, put me in the historical context, give the book a real narrative voice.
No. Bad decision to have the author read, really flat performance.
I would have made lee a real person, made this into a story. As it is, it was repetitive and flat. There's really good narrative nonfiction being written (Boys in the Boat being a recent great one)., this one isn't in the same league.
Yes, I definitely would. This book is an amazing work of nonfiction. Her research was amazing and the way she developed our three main characters was beautiful. We cared about them through every moment of her struggle. As others have stated, the book did need to be edited more - there were many sections that were repetitive. Sometimes I almost felt the book came from several serializations as she felt the need to bring us up to speed with characters, incidents, history that she'd already stated. For such an amazing work, it does trouble me that her publisher and editor didn't pay more careful attention to these details.
I think Dr. Foster's drive out of LA to CA will stick with me. I cried as he attempted to find a motel to spend the night, struggled with him to stay awake when he realized he'd have to keep driving. These scenes captured the injustices of America during this period. I read afterwards that the author had recreated this...perhaps this is why she was able to capture the scenes so well.
Dr. Foster was probably my favorite - although there were many times I didn't like him. His obsession with appearances was troubling at times and it seems to me resulted in some bad decisions. But his ambition, his flair for the dramatic - all made for an entertaining storyline.
There were many - I think the violence and fear of the times came through as she described the story behind Ida Mae's and George's need to flee to the north. Both were fearful for their own safety and how can we not be ashamed that people were made to feel this way.
This one is near the top. I think I enjoyed the audio more than I would have the book - I'd have been tempted to skip over some of the dialog - and definitely wouldn't have had all the voices so distinctly in my head.
Not sure - war and football wouldn't be my go-to kind of book, but I read about this as one of the year's best fiction reads. It didn't disappoint. Amazing, laugh-out-loud funny at times, could bring you to tears at others. I don't have a personal perspective on war, but his depictions of Billy, his friendships, his family, his memories all seem very true to me. I kept thinking that this book would make a great movie - all the while our characters are trying to get their movie made. This speaks volumes to me - a book that takes place in one day at a football game that can develop characters, scenes, conflicts, suspense...enough for a movie is an amazing feat.
No - at times I thought his narration was a bit over the top...unnecessarily.
No - don't think I could sit still for that long, but I definitely had some driveway time as I wanted to finish a particular part.
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