I'll admit, I was a bit worried when I started this book. I was afraid that this story would not measure up to Kingsolver's other book, one of my favorites, "The Poisonwood Bible" and I did not, from the get go, like the narration.But somehow, before I knew it, I was mesmerized by the narration AND the story. Kingsolver not only delivers a beautiful and poignant story, but her literary finesse always captivates me! This is NOT a fast-actioned book or even a romance novel, so if you do not like long books that are subtle and slower-paced, this is NOT the book for you. However, if, like me, you enjoy books that get "inside" of you and leave you empty when you 'turn' the last page, then this is the book for you.
This memoir was a wonderful "read"! It captivated me from the very beginning and left me wanting more (I discovered it was a trilogy! Hip, hip, hooray!). I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who loves memoirs or is interested in social justice, the 1950s era, or nursing/midwifery.
I will agree with other reviewers that the narrator's voice was hard to hear. I had to keep the volume at the highest setting and even then sometimes her quiet whispering voice would say something softly and I would not be able to understand a word or phrase. Nonetheless, I rather enjoyed the narrator because she did seem to invoke this unassuming midwife down to a T!
This memoir was simply wonderful! The narration was terrific and the "story" was heart-wrenching, moving, and beautiful.
I consider this a "light" book-it was entertaining and enjoyable. It did take on some serious issues but did not engage in them long enough to create a world that fully ensnared me and kept me on the edge of my seat. Is it a book I would listen to again and again? No. However, if you are looking for an enjoyable read that will keep you entertained for the time being (like a long road trip), I would recommend this book!
I will reiterate what everyone else has already said:
Roy Dotrice's voice for specific characters and women in general (particularly Daenerys) was terrible. His narration really did differ in this book compared to the first three. I would still recommend READING this book, but I would suggest skipping the audible version. If you cannot read versus listen to the book I wouldn't go so far as to say that the audible book is completely ruined, but rather annoying when he narrates Daenerys as his voice completely changes how one envisions her! However, aside from the female voices, Dotrice's performance is solid.
Narrator: This is the second book I have listened to that is narrated by Jonathan Davis. Each time I listened to him read it took me a few chapters to learn to "like" him, for I automatically dislike his narration. HOWEVER, I always end up appreciating him and his voice after a few chapters. So if you automatically dislike him, it just takes some time to get used to his voice (or, at least, it did for me).
Story: This story is quite enjoyable in the beginning and, as time progresses, becomes quite enthralling. I assume that many of you enjoy books and, if you are looking at this book, you probably enjoy a wide variety of books that stand out from the masses (romance novels, mediocre fiction books about housewives, etc...). If so, you need to listen to this book!
I have read quite a few nonfiction Holocaust/Nazi Germany books and am usually leery of fictitious books concerning the Holocaust. However, this book was rather 'enjoyable'. It is, of course, a very heavy book and not a "fun" read, but it is enjoyable! It not only felt real (I constantly had to remind myself not to discuss what went on in this book so that I would not get it confused with reality), but it had me on the edge of my seat.
Typically Holocaust stories are about the Holocaust victims and most people shy away from the topic of what the Germans went through (guilty/not guilty/etc...). I thought that the author was able to bring about this topic beautifully and even mentioned several books that "Trudy" is reading and that I myself have read ("Hitler's Willing Executioners", etc...) and that are wonderful resources for anyone to read that wants to know more about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
I highly recommend this book!
I fully expected to enjoy this book up to the last moment (if not beyond that last moment). Unfortunately, I, like Nancy, felt this book was rather predictable and, overall, dull. While it did have its exciting moments and did allow me a wonderful glimpse in to a specific time in to American history, it all fell flat for me. The narrator was enjoyable, however, and I enjoyed his voice.
This is the only audio book I have ever not finished. I had about 2 hours left and I simply could not stand it anymore-so I deleted it and do not feel I missed out on much.
This book was enjoyable and entertaining, but not a book that will go down in history (or my history at least) as a classic piece of literature that has changed my life (or even my year!).
This was my first Stephen King novel. The concept and detail of this book was fascinating. I really enjoyed this book. While I do recommend this book, it wasn't one of those books that constantly kept me on the edge of my seat breathlessly waiting for the next moment. It did, however, keep me interested and entertained. I thoroughly enjoy long books, but occasionally I had to take a break from this one because it would get to feeling long-winded. But as soon as those moments were over I was back to enjoying the book. The narrator was a great choice for the main character. However, his female voices were sub-par and sometimes drove me crazy.
I have listened to a couple of Kate Morton's books and have enjoyed them. They, to me, are light pieces of fiction that are for entertainment but are not, ultimately, groundbreaking or riveting. If you want an enjoyable book that won't take much emotion or thought out of you I would recommend this book and any other book Kate Morton has written. They are not in my list of great fiction, but, once again, they are light books that can be enjoyable.
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