This is at the top of my list. I have heard some fabulous audiobooks this year. This one has seriously struck a chord with me. Kate Byers does a fantastic, truly remarkable job doing the voices of the various characters.
Lily, the "simple" sister, is extremely compelling. But her sister Grace is just as powerful, a young woman of such wisdom, bravery and moral/psychological fortitude.
No, I have not. I'll be looking out for more of her work.
When Grace goes to see Lily at the Unman's(?) to see how Lily is holding up, it is just so heartbreakingly powerful. It reminded me of times when I was crushed and full of despair over something, and my big sister's efforts were to make me feel more brave, help me to endure. This moment was so totally poignant and unforgettable. As are others in the story!
I want to find this performance on a CD so I can send it to my sister!
Not necessarily. I LOVE listening to all my Audible books on tapes, but Elizabeth Montgomery's "lilt" is not so much an English lilt (as Jess from NJ complained) as I think her pronunciations are typical of extensive elocution lessons. And I found her pronunciations annoying. PAIRents (with a sort or rolling r, as the Irish might pronounce it) -- KLEEN with a big emphasis on the "CL" sound -- and PLEEEEZED -- Tyewsday, instead of Tuesday ---- NYEWS, instead of news -- a NYEW dress -- does it SYEWT you, instead of "does it suit you" (said as we Americans say suit ---- countless examples. The way she says "turn" -- and "return" -- ewww. It's just quite annoying to listen to, really. But it's a really good story, and I adore Elizabeth McGovern in Downton Abbey. The elocution works well in Downton Abbey... But I'd like to hear someone else narrate this, honestly. How about Susan Sarandon -- how about Julianne Moore. Anyone really.
I loved how wonderful the Kaufman's were to Cora. I liked how the janitor decided to help her. I'm still listening at this point.
I described this above.
I think the chaperone.
A very good story.
My god, I knew Chekhov was a fantastic playwright (I particularly love The Cherry Orchard). But I hadn't read his short stories. The reader, Branagh, is just perfect -- the perfect voice for these stories. They are delightful, very interesting and enjoyable tales. You can just listen to one after another, or take them one little story at a time. Any way you do it, you're going to have an exceedingly enjoyable listening experience.
I listened to this story last night and I was absolutely transported. It was so thrilling to listen to the wonderful story and the wonderful dramatic reading. I recommend this to everyone. A beautiful, very very touching story that is unforgettable.
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