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The lyrical way in which the author writes about the American West on the brink of modernity, on the brink of losing its agricultural way of life as the 20th century barrels toward the orchard.
The way Talmadge, a very solitary man, unfolds the hard layers of his personality and opens his long dormant heart to the possibility of forging new relationships with Della and Jane.
I think it would have to be his slow, deliberate voice. He was always steady, never getting carried away with the emotion of the language which really painted a very specific picture of the main character for me.
I fell in love with this book. The author's prose, her descriptions of the landscape and its people were so beautiful that I could fully imagine the orchard in my mind's eye. I liked the slow development of the plot as this really allows you to come to know the characters, to wonder about their motives, to form relationships with each of them. This book is meant to be savored rather than devoured as you contemplate Talmadge's quest to create "family" despite the trouble it invites into his life.
I quite enjoyed the different narrators and how the pace of the story changed with each character.
I was originally surprised by myself for choosing this book as I thought it would be mere ChickLit - something I tend to avoid at all costs. The story was beautifully crafted and I found myself relating to Louisa more and more as the narrative progressed. The characters seemed so tangible and solid - no the one dimensional ones in most other books of this nature. I was truly moved by the story and was sad to see it end.
I was initially annoyed by the soft voice of the narrator. Her narration seemed to ebb and flow, speeding up and slowing down, and it was aggravating in the beginning. Given that this book is a reflection on and contemplation of Jenny's life, I soon found the narration to be appropriate. I am a fan of the BBC tv series and found that the book gave me further insights into the creation of the show. I am also a nurse and felt a sisterly connection to Jenny. The stories she recounts are heartwarming and entertaining but also a window into the sadness, poverty, and desolation of post-war London.
Yes! I found the information in this book to be so accessible. The sheer amount of research undertaken to write this book is phenomenal, yet Moss works through it in a very systematic way with engaging anecdotes to keep the reader interested and on track.
The Omnivore's Dilemma, Fastfood Nation
I was kind of disgusted by some of the information presented in the book. I felt myself adopting a rather cynical view of the food industry (which, I suppose, is the goal of the book). Even though I thought I knew quite a bit about the machinations of the food industry, I could not help but feel hoodwinked by the lengths that corporations will go to to keep consumers coming back for more.
I think that this book is a fantastic listen if you have any interest at all in the politics that surround food manufacturing and consumption in America. I found it to be very enlightening and the information I took in will certain guide my choices in the future.
Steven Boyer does a wonderful job giving individual voices to the characters in the story. Each character appears as a unique person to me with the way he can distinguish between each one with the change of his voice.
This performance was just as wonderful as that of God's of Gotham. I felt as if I had picked up just as I left off in the first novel.
As much as I love Timothy Wilde, I would have to choose his brother, Val. I am forever intrigued by him - at once disgusted by his brutish nature but then charmed by his gestures of kindness.
Another fantastic mystery from Lyndsay Faye set in the bustling 19th century metropolis that we've come to know as Manhattan. I quite love envisioning Manhattan as the bubbling cauldron of people and animals and lawlessness that it was in the 1800's. How quickly things seem to change in only a century!
I only perused the print edition that my mother owns so I can adequately speak to which is better. I very much enjoyed Charles Frazier's reading of this book and his voice made the characters feel more real and tangible to me.
I fell in love with Inman. Perhaps it was even a crush. I was astounded by his bravery and the lengths he took to return to his home and Ada. Ruby was another favorite with her tenacity and good sense. I found myself wishing I could be like her with her strength and knowledge of how to survive with even the most meager of provisions.
This book captured my imagination and had visions of the Blue Ridge Mountains dancing in my head. I especially loved the vivid descriptions of the pastoral Southern landscape. I could clearly see the plants and winding lanes, the misty blue mountains, and the little house where Ada lives.
I loved that the story alternated between the viewpoints of Sarah and Handful.It was like looking at the same picture but through two different lenses. The voices that the narrators lent to each character really made the story come alive for me.
Handful was probably my favorite because of her rich imagination and strong sense of spirituality.
I would most certainly want to dine with Angelina Grimke - she has such a fiery spirit and had views that were considered quite "advanced" for her time.
I really adored this book. The narration was just wonderful and really had me excited to listen again and again. Though built on some key historical details, this book was so richly imagined and stands quite well as its own body of work rather than an attempt to merely color in the handful of details provided by history.
Brook's descriptions of the land and the sea.
I really enjoyed learning about the first Native American to attend Harvard and imagining what life might have been like in an early American colony. I particularly enjoyed the way Bethia's demeanor changed when she was in her element, describing nature and the things she loved. Those passages made the story really come alive.
Melodramatic teenage saga.
I thought that the plot was fairly flat until Sutter meets Amy. Things pick up after that, but I felt that nothing much happened along the way. The story seemed to be more about Sutter's inward emotional journey as influenced by Amy.
I liked Sutter as voiced by Andrews the best. I think he imbued him with the perfect amount of nonchalance and devil-may-care attitude.
I took a chance on this book after hearing a review of the feature film on NPR. At first, I felt like the story was being read to me by a southern frat boy. The plot was so dry and meandering and I felt that I was going to be stuck in Sutter's head for 6+ hours. However, having recently been a teenager myself, I do remember the constant navel gazing that takes place at that age when one is trying so hard to distinguish themselves from the pack. In the end, though, the book just made me incredibly sad because Sutter is seemingly left in the dust.
I loved how the story spanned generations and linked characters across time. I also really enjoyed the incorporation of local Afghan folklore - fable-like stories that paralleled the characters' own lives.
I would. Initially, I had trouble with Shohreh's and Navid's accents as they affect the way I heard certain words. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this narration for listeners who have hearing difficulties.
Another stunning novel from Khaled Hosseini that takes the reader on a long and winding journey over decades, across landscapes, and in and out of the lives of extraordinary individuals.
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