Very nice story for children and adults. The narrator did a nice job with the characterization.
Yes - this was a well written, well narrated story with plenty of drama and humor.
I enjoyed the realistic transition of Cora from a small town, uniformed mind to an understanding, worldly person. Her change in attitudes about love, sex, race and people were gradual and as I said realistic.
No, I haven't. I did like her interpretation of Cora (and Louise) and would enjoy hearing her again. Her accents and inflections were right on.
Obviously it was Cora but all the others were important to the story. I did like Mother Kaufman and her love for Cora.
**Some spoiler info in my review*
I did not read any reviews before I started this book; I selected it based on a high recommendation from a fellow librarian. I usually agree with her choices but NOT this one.
I made it through a little over half the book before I finally had to stop.
I am not a prude and really don't mind sex in a book if it is pertinent to the story but the sex in this story became gratuitous. It did nothing to move the story forward. I understand violence either sexual or not can also be necessary to a story but again in this book it really did nothing for the plot.
Also, I prefer books where the female character is intelligent and capable. Sorry but Claire may be a capable nurse but that is about as far as it goes. She continually makes stupid decisions that place her and others in danger. And her acceptance of the beating she receives from the man who proclaims to love her is ridiculous. It is spousal abuse, plain and simple. Not something I care to read about in a romanticized way.
I really tried to give this book a chance, 14 hours of listening, but I just can't waste any more of my time. I looked on Wikipedia to see what happens & really don't want to hear about torture and sexual abuse, in I'm sure very graphic details. After some thought, I'm not sure this book would be the success that it is with all the sexual passages deleted. There really wasn't much historical detail nor time travel to truly carry the story alone.
I did like the narrator and felt sorry that she had to read this book. I hope she was well paid.
Would have given it 4 stars if the ending had been more conclusive. All the trials and tribulations that Weldon & Rosita went through should have had a more decisive ending than just plane crash killing Roy. The epilogue was too vague and I needed more "closure" in events after listening to 13 hours.
It was a good story although it became somewhat tiresome towards the end. I realize it is necessary to tell the story of the Holocaust and that it shouldn't be glossed over but each tiny detail of each painting or sketch described in the story became tedious. I stayed with the book because I did care about what happened to the characters but it became a strain about the last fourth of the book.
I guess but with reservations.
Why is it that some narrators sound like they have just taken a drink of liquid and have not had a chance to swallow? Both narrators sounded slobbery. Plus Suzanne Toren over dramatized most of Lenka's words. Her narration was schmaltzy and got old. I have heard her on other books and didn't mind her in those - in this book I did not care for her interpretation.
Guidall narrated pretty much like he has all the other books I have heard him on. He is okay but not wonderful or insightful of his character.
It won't make my top 10 list or even my top 50 list but it wasn't a waste of time. I did finish it but would not listen to it again.
This book was mesmerizing. The author's use of perfect adjectives and unique metaphors made listening a joy. The 16 hours passed quickly. The narrator's reading of the author's words was excellent.
The story of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, living in Paris with her father begins right before the Germans invade. It follows their exodus from Paris to the coastal city of Saint-Malo, its eventual siege and her escape. You meet her great-uncle, his housekeeper and other French citizens.
But that is not all of the story. Werner and his younger sister are growing up in an orphanage in a mining town in Germany. Werner's brilliance is rewarded by being sent to a Hitler Youth School.
As these two young people grow up, their lives grow together. And the journey that Doerr takes the reader on is filled with many amazing twists of phrases and words.
I don't really listen or read books again - too many new ones out there but on the basis of if this was a good listen - then yes I would. Good story and good narration.
That Ben Franklin married Deborah Reed out of obligation, duty and pity. Not what I understood from nonfiction books I have read. Interesting take on the author's part.
He did raise the timbre of his voice for the female characters he didn't do it so much that is was a distraction or irritation. Often male narrators when reading for a female character use an affectation that makes the character sound stupid, false and basically irritating. Colacci did not do this.
Separately I would like to have dinner with Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Franklin. I would like to hear Deborah's side of the story in more detail and find out if she was really not as intelligent as the author made her seem. I always thought BF would marry someone of high intelligence not out of pity. And of course dinner with BF would for sure be an interesting experience.
Interesting way of looking at one of our founding fathers. I'm sure there was dramatization and fabrication of some events and feelings but still made for an interesting story. Liked the fictional character Ann, William's mother & Benjamin's mistress.
The narrator, Candace Thaxton, did a very nice job. So often narrators try to use different voices for the various characters that become more irritating than interesting. Thaxton maintained the integrity of the characters while reading us a great story.
I liked the twist in the last third of the book. Did not see that coming.
No - but I would listen to her again.
Mary B. Cutty - she was far from one dimensional and definitely not predictable.
I love historical fiction - this was a 4 star story for me. Also 4 star narration.
Yes. This is a very good story, well written and well read.
I liked that Shaara brought not only Grant, Sherman & Pemberton (the generals) to life but he also told the story from the townspeople and the soldier's point of view.
Bowen - the Union soldier.
They were all great. From the Generals to the townspeople.
A different narrator.
The main character Honor Bright Haymaker was not as strong as some of her other female characters in her other books. Honor was just a bit too whiney for me to enjoy this book.
Nothing. Every sentence sounded like it ended in a question. Her accent for Honor was not consistent. I almost didn't finish the book because of her narration.
Yes, I enjoy listening to books while I drive, walk, crochet and work around the house. It is a great way to keep up with all the great books written.
Yes, it was a fun book with good narration. A definite listen if you have read or listened to the first two in the series.
I rarely have the opportunity to listen to a book in one sitting, especially one this long. But this book would hold my interest if I were listening to it on an extended car trip.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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