Nancy Goldstone's ability to tell history from a woman's perspective is spot-on. I was glad to see this offering. Nicely done.
Only TWO percent make it out of slavery. 17 thousand new slaves are brought to the U.S. each year. These two details from the book were new for me. I wish her all the best in life.
I returned this book as soon as I heard Stockard Channing's Ramona voice. It was awful. Then, I got Neil Patrick Harris' reading of Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins. It was amazing. The whole family enjoyed his performance, but also re-learned to love the Ramona character. We gave it a second chance, and, while Stockard Channing's Ramona voice still annoyed me, I was able to get past it, and the whole family enjoyed the stories, so I re-purchased it.
This is a good book, read by the wrong narrator. Stephens wrote a good story with strong emotional appeal. The connections the characters have with each other are well thought out and accessible. However, I so strongly disliked his female voices, I had to stop the audiobook and buy the paper copy to scrub my mind of his annoying, airy, oh-so-bored intonation - ESPECIALLY his Kate-voice. And what's with the Brit accent throughout? And the Scottish dwarves? In Baltimore and Massachusetts? Using this narrator made the Potter/Tolkien derivations that much more pronounced.
So, overall, I liked the story (paper copy, not audiobook). Yes, it derived a lot of its themes from the overworked children's fantasy genre, but I enjoyed meeting a character who finds elves annoying and silly (yeah, Michael!)
The book had lots of detail and was very well presented. I listened to it several times.
Here's what the publisher's say: In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm an English teacher; I've got freshman writers who can clearly articulate an argument. Bruce cannot. I expected actual science, not rambling self-absorbed anecdotes without a point.
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