Great book. Great reader. An annual listen for me, and a recurring listen for our 9 year old who has been listening to this story for more than 2 years. Both of us give it high recommendations.
The story was disappointing. I didn't find any of the characters likable. The friendship between the two main women left me empty. The placid acceptance of the thankless role of women in China at the time of the story, not to mention the AWFUL foot binding, was so frustrating and depressing. It made me want to shake the woman. GET ANGRY! At least feel angry. Express your anger about your plight and the plight of women to your dearest friend. But she didn't. In addition, I found the reader's delivery distracting. Even had the material been something I liked, the way it was told would have ruined it.
I hope not!
Her delivery was so dramatized, I kept expecting something really big was going to happen in the next sentence. It rarely did.
It was interesting to learn about Chinese culture.
I listened to this book a couple of times as I was painting the walls on the first floor of our house a couple of years ago. Some sections I listened to more than once. I think that this was interesting as a story of one person's life, but not really anything ground breaking. I did, however, get some golden nuggets out of this book. My two favorites are 1) If it will take me less than one minute to take care of something that needs to be done, I will do it when first I notice it needs doing, and 2) When I am getting increasingly frustrated because my computer isn't working right, if I turn it off and then turn it back on again, 99% of the time, the problem is gone with the ReStart. While I am now tired of the genre of blogs into books, I did learn some things that I can honestly say have made me happier since I read this book.
I believe this book needs to be read instead of heard, at least if Dion Graham is the reader. Ugh. It was awful. I found myself so distracted by his over dramatizing of the emotions that I couldn't enjoy the book at all. Sad, because I like Dave Eggers.
I wanted this book to be good. I gave it a good try, listening to more than 4 hours of it. I really enjoyed Cutting For Stone and had read that the two authors had some similarities. The authors may (I believe that they are both physicians), but the stories are in no way comparable. I found Monday Mornings nothing short of stupid. I wouldn't be surprised to see it made into a movie for the Lifetime Network.
Loved this book! The reader was fine, the story was superlative. It was like time travel. The writing is crisp, observant, wry, and spot on. It made me miss my best friend relationships of early adolescents and made my heart ache for what is ahead for my daughter. This book deserves awards, awards, awards.
This book had such potential. I thought the premise was unique, since I generally jump to the conclusion of gulity when I hear about a priest accused of molestation or abuse. But I am distracted by two things the author has done: She has, several times, and I'm less than half way through the book, said things to the effect of 'details of which I will get to later.' I find that kind of carrot shows a lack of writing ability. In addition, when considering if his brother, the priest, is guilty of abusing an eight year old boy, he is searching his memory for signs that his priest brother is gay. BEING GAY DOES NOT EQUAL CHILD MOLESTER! They are two very, very different things, completely unrelated. This shallow, ignorant view feeds the ignorance of anyone who doesn't personally know someone who is gay. I am finding this so offensive, I don't think I'll be able to finish the book. Lastly, the book is read by Therese Plummer, whose voice I can't help but associate with my daughter's audiobook from the American Girl series. This is no fault of the reader, the author, nor the publisher. This is just my audio association that reflects negatively on the story.
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