As fresh today as when it was written. Not a plot-driven story, but a rich, rewarding listen about life in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn, as well as a warm and endearing coming-of-age story of young Francie. Could not be more delightful. Couldn't stop listening! Try it, you'll like it.
Perhaps one of the best of Ross' "Miss Julia" books, full of twist and turns, southern old-style charm we fans have come to adore. I would easily have given this 4 stars but for the narrator, who makes men sound like they are billy goat gruffs, and the children sound like they are toddlers, and worst of all, Miss Julia sound sing-songy and fake. If you want to hear a truly great narrator handle one of the Miss Julia books, try "Miss Julia Paints the Town, narrated by Claudia Hughes. Hughes' voice contains the nuances of each personality as they were written by Ross. In an audiobook, the narrator can make or break a story. It's only my deep love and affection for "Miss Julia" that made me download this book, knowing that even Cynthia Darlow couldn't ruin the story for me. But then, I had to listen to one of the earlier books narrated by Claudia Hughes to get the Darlow voices out of my head. If you can hack the narrator, the story is terrific.
I was hesitant to invest in a book not aimed at the adult market, but I'm so glad I did. This has to be one of the best books I've ever read. The author's writing is superb--excellent pacing, beautiful descriptive language, and an intriguing story. I simply could not stop listening to this book, once I got started. If I have one complaint, it's that I missed a whole night's sleep because I could not stop listening to it all night long.
Oh, why didn't I read the customer reviews of this book before purchasing it? I normally do, but the description of this book by Audible was so enticing, I opted to just buy it without further research. What a mistake!
As other readers have written, there is no warning in the book's description that this is wholly a Christian book, that Jesus permeates every paragraph.
Obviously this is not a problem for those who desire to read Christian slanted books. But I felt broadsided.
If you enjoy reading that the main characters discussed the (and I quote) lack of evidence supporting the theory of evolution, and feel that creationism tells the whole story, then by all means, you'll likely enjoy this book.
The premise of the story is quite good; the writing is not bad. But the constant preaching is truly annoying to those who did not expect--from the Audible description of this book--that this was a heavily weighted pro-Christian tome.
I had no idea I would enjoy this book so much. Full of the rich flavor of Alaska, this mystery-thriller combines heart, wisdom and excitement so well that I didn't want the book to end. Reminiscent of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series, "Crow in Stolen Colors" features another strong, independent, indigenous woman full of grace and grit, and takes us on a wild ride through the Alaskan wilderness. I hope this is the first of many in what would make a great series of mystery books. I enjoyed this book immensely, and must say the narrator was beyond excellent, doing Native dialects with great authenticity. A wonderful listen! Don't be afraid to give this one a try--it's well worth a credit!
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