This is a wonderful book. I just finished the last 30 minutes of the book while viewing the "Merle Slideshow" on the author's website (www.kerasote.com). I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you have a box of tissues close at hand.
When I bought this book, I didn't realize that the characters and town were from previous books. I think it makes a big difference in getting into the story. I almost shelved this one after 4 hours because it seemed to be going nowhere. I did persevere and thought it was an enjoyable book, although not great.
The first half of the book is pretty much character study. It felt like I was suppose to like these people and the town (which at first I didn't feel much affinity for either). It takes quite awhile for the story to take-off and as Fannie Flagg always does, she ties-up all the loose ends in the last chapter.
It's cute and if you're a Fannie fan, you're sure to love it. However, if you're not a Fannie fan, I would perhaps start with the other books in the series first or better yet, just listen to Fried Green Tomatoes or A Redbird Christmas.
If you're a fan of Southern fiction and looking for something new, Between Georgia by Josalyn Jackson is a real good one!
I loved this book. Political messages aside, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the narrator.
Now back to politics. I work in agriculture so I hear about GMO's on a daily basis. I think the author did a great job presenting many sides of the issue and the people involved without resorting to taking sides or stereotyping. She actually balanced both sides with characters who ranged from genius to ignorant, some being very amusing to say the least.
This was one of the best books I have listened to! Simply put, the story is engaging, more so than the description given. And the reader/author breathes life into the characters. I love the way she does the character "Henry."
This is one of those books that you find yourself "finding" time for. I was glad to do the dishes all week!
I haven't listened to her other book, but it's next on my list and I hope she is working on another!
I read this book prior to getting the audio and have to say that the audio made the book light-up like a Christmas tree! All the Hindu words and pronunciations were brought to life by the narrator, as well as doing a fine job on the author's emotional states as well.
I liked the book but loved the audiobook!
This short history was intended for German school-aged children. It is a good introduction or review to what is covered in Western history. Yes, there are chapters which include China but this is definitely a Western view.
The tone is wonderful. In the introduction, it is explained that the author wrote each chapter and then read it aloud on Sunday to his fiance. It's such a charming notion.
The author also humbles himself in the last chapter; reminding us that writing history is a difficult task because sometimes what we think is fact can turn out to be fiction.
The narration is excellent.
I hestitated for a second after reading some of the negative reviews but am happy it was only for a second!
This was a wonderful story with a gifted narrator! The characters came alive with her voice talent but it was the author's characters that made the story!
If you are a Civil Right's history buff, I can see how you might think the story couldn't be true. But if you just want to hear a good story and not analyze too much, then get this one!
I found this book because I really enjoyed the narrator from the Secret Life of Bees. I did a search and found that she also did this book so I took a chance without knowing much about the this particular title.
I loved this book! It is a wonderful portrayal of a teenage girl with cerebral palsy who learns more than she bargained for at a sleep-away camp her parents want her to attend.
I have a son with autism and a Deaf cousin who are both highly-opinionated and intellegent about their "disabilities." They both remind me of the character Sarah who tells us "norms" that the voice of a disabled person can not only be blunt but downright inconvenient!
If you feel sorry for disabled people or pity them, this book is not for you. The author (a disabled woman herself) does not candy-coat the content with politically correct terms. It is an insider's view into a culture that deserves its own voice.
This is not only the first Fannie Flagg story I have listened to, it is also the first fiction story I have purchased from Audible. I needed a break from the dry non-fiction I so enjoy (currently listening to The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene).
The story was true to the other reviews I read. It was charming, light and even though somewhat predicatable, it way the easy listen I needed. I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone needing a relaxing escape!
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