Having read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" I didn't think I'd ever come across another book that so graphically described the pain so many of our forefathers had to endure just to eak out a living in a country with so much abundance. The fortitude of these pioneers is beyond belief. This is not just a historical account of an era in America's history it will move you to your sole.
Someone who feels entitled and has a childhood that they perceive to be HORRIBLE despite growing up to be what some would consider wildly successful!
First off, let her poor, dead mom rest in peace! Toward the end of the book was a particularly horrible reference to making sure ALL of her mother was creamated after she died. I can also hardly wait until this spoiled princess has to take care of someone like her husband when he gets old and frail. Suppose she'll shove him in a nursing home so she won't have to deal with adult diapers.
Probably not......just to listen to her whine about postpartum depression when she has nannies and housekeepers to help her keep the household together. Grow up! Many women deal with this sad situation alone or with family.
Too many to list but especially the ones where she was at her mother's bedside as she lay dying. What a pathetic attempt to demonstrate love.
Grow up Brooke......let your mother rest in peace. Do you feel better now? If anything....you made your mother look worse.
Have always loved her books but this one was disappointing. Too much skipping around which caused me too lose interest multiple times. Finally gave up and tried to return but system seemed to want to force me to call and explain my reasons.
Marrator seemed as disinterested in the book as I was.
I agree with most readers. Started off o.k. but the plot became totally convoluted and silly. The most insane characters and reasoning made this book a snore. Kept reading as I thought it would eventually turn around but it didn't. I personally enjoy Ms. Nixon's reading of the book and have read other books with her narration. Don't waste your credits/money.
Awful narration, could not keep up with the Asian names, need more time with the Stapleton's, and thought I would not finish the book. But I have a hard time NOT finishing a book. Really disappointing read!
I attempted to read this book twice and both times I could not get past the second chapter. The narration was deplorable. Regrettably the narrator Napiera Groves can only read what the author had written. I found the propensity of Hip Hop language and phraseology most annoying and distracting to such a degree that I could not connect or identify with the characters. Save your credits for something that does not paint such a stereo typical portrait of African Americans.
The previous review nailed it. A classic when read, a nightmare to listen to, if Audible had a money back guarantee this would be one that would be going back. Save your credits.
This was definitely a disappointing read. Most annoying is the constant shouting and yelling by the ghost character. It might have been palatable if I had been reading it, but listening to it was painful. Had to turn the sound down. Not a sympathetic character.
Written in 1947, recorded in 2008 to take advantage of the ever growing populace who love to down load audio books. Considered a classic in its day it motivated Hollywood to make a movie I believe it would be a dud in today’s environment. It appears the author was paid by the word as the dialogue is tedious, drawn out by roughly 40%. The author; far too many times to count, e.g., The clock on the cupola displayed the time; displayed the time, displayed the time. O.K. I got it move on, move on already. It was not uncommon to hear repetitive statements as many as 8 times. Seems like every thought the author ever had was included in this book.
There are two main characters; John and the Professor who pontificate labouredly on the meaning of life including on multiple occasions, is there really a God or do atomic forces bonding together determine life after death?
The author references modern day (1947) technology that would be the envy of Jules Verne in an 1876 setting which makes it unbelievable.
A very lengthy book that with regularity leaves you hanging until the last two hours where everything is very neatly and conveniently tidied up.
The Lloyd James however does an admirable job of changing voices, 5 star job.
An interesting read but the author spends the first half describing how our heroine lies, cheats, misrepresents herself to get jobs, positions that she does not deserve, e.g., three months at a university that offers an engineering degree justifies putting engineer BSEE on her resume.
Lying to get a position she did not deserve, parlays that into meeting influential and wealthy people just so she can claim to be the first woman across the Atlantic while she sat on a pile of gas cans behind the pilot and co-pilot to get a female version of Charles Lindberghs;s recognition is ludicrous.
The author finishes up with an unabashed glorification of how streets, towns and even airports were named after her. I guess the message is marry money; throw in a big dash of deception to get what you want is OK.
Other than that it is an easy read.
This one started a bit slow but after becoming immersed in the characters lives I could not stop listening, the sacrifices these magnificent women made is almost beyond comprehension.
This book transcends not only the professional morays they had to overcome to provide a small degree of humanity to of the many wars that the courageous soldiers from Australia fought in, e.g., Gallipoli, Serbia, getting little or no recognition for their sacrifice of life and limb.
You will become absorbed in their sacrifices, loves, the charities they established, et al. I wish the author would write a sequel.
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