Redondo Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2012
If this book was not a selection from my book club for the month of September, I don't think I would have ever read it. I never heard of it until it was nominated.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of a young girl, Frances Nolan growing up in Brooklyn, New York at the turn of the century. The story takes a glimpse into a poor family of four surviving on the income of the mother and alcoholic father. What they lacked in money they make up for in pride, dignity, imagination and love. This is a wonderfully written story that takes the American Dream and shows us what it meant to this family.
I thought the book started off kind off slow and I really did not get into the characters until they were older, half way through the book. I had a small connection to Frances when she goes to the public library and the reader gets to find out why she loves it so much. I had the same feeling about Redondo Beach Public Library when I was a kid. But there was something about the book that just did not click with me until the end.
The book highlights the negative relationship women had with each other. Women were out to take men from each other, to brand other women whores, fight over jobs and at jobs, belittle the children, and they are always out for themselves until the midwife is called. Then they all come circling the wagons and help out in the bringing of a new child into the world. It was odd the amount off dislike, hate and fighting going on in this book. The kids are fighting with each other at school and in the streets. It is a constant fight for the highest rank in the lowest ranked neighborhood. I think that is the only thing that had me not 100% engulfed in the book.
I loved the new things I learned. Mostly, I learned about real life in the 1900's about the way people really lived and thought, about the clothing the poor men wore and the food they ate. As I was reading the book, I had to get a cup of coffee a few times and had to fight the urge to buy a sugar bun. Ahh! Just thinking about it now is making my mouth water.
The ending was perfect and just the way a great story should end. Don't worry I won't tell.
Audiobook: 15 hours and 2 minutes
Kate Burton (Narrator)
The narrator for this audiobook, Kate Burton did an excellent job and really pulled it off. She nailed the various accents in the small Brooklyn neighborhood. She had to perform the German, Jewish, Irish and New York Brooklyn accent (male and female) and keep France's voice age appropriate for the right age in the book. I think she did a great job of narrating this book.
I got a copy of this book from the author/publisher at BEA13. Yes I know! That was one month shy of a year ago and I am just now getting to it. Well the audiobook at least.
The story of all stories starts with a little boy found in the rice paddies of China being returned to his family in the states. The story twist, the OMG of it all is that this boy has been not missing but dead for 40 years and he is the same age as when he died. Eight year old Jacob remembers nothing of the time he has been gone, only waking up in China. To him no time has passed and nothing unusual has happened. Jacob is not the only one. There are hundreds of people just waking up in the most random places with no memory of what has happened to them. They all say they just woke up. The dead or coming back and they all are trying to get back to their loved one.
I love this story idea. I have said it before I am a sucker for an original story idea. This is not a "Night of the Living Dead" book at all. It is more like people just reconnecting with the ones they love(d). There are several storylines and families in this book but Jacob's parents -Harold and Lucille are the main focus. I love the way their love and reconnection of their family builds and grows as Jacob's life touches them both in completely different ways. No absent YA parents here. They have been married forever.
Could you image seeing your son after he has been dead and buried for more than 40 years? You have worked as much as you could through the grieving process. You have moved forward with your life and WHAM!! He's back and looks the same as when you saw him last.
I really like this book but it was not a solid like until I got to the author's notes at the end. The book does not give a explanation as to why this is happening all over the world. The reactions of the population I can see really happening but I needed a bit more. The author's notes give the reader an answer to the why? But the question is ...What made him write this novel? What a touching answer.
Please read the prequels before jumping into this novel. The prequels are great.
The free version of The Free Audiobook is not a complete version. Just a sampler. I think the story is interesting and a bit dark. I might get the full version based off of this sample.
Cute audiobook. The pictures on the screen change as the story goes along. Cute!
I didn't finish this audiobook at all. I had a hard time hearing and understanding what she was saying. This recording is old and scratchy with a her voice sounding far away from the microphone. I had to just stop and give up half way in.
I didn't see the movie and after listening to this incredibly short story I am not inclined to see it now. Ben Stiller did a great job reading the story but this short story was not interesting.
29 minutes of a story that feels like The Bourne series and I was dropped in the middle of it all. Just ok. Wish there was more to the story but not enough to watch the show.
This was a cute and at times funny little guide to help the nerdy and confident deficient with dating advise that's basic and easy to do. All in good humor.
I haven't been a GWG (girl with glasses) and I thought this would be a look behind the lenses but nope. I didn't any unique or different perspective on being a woman growing up wearing glasses and how the world response to you. I got the history of frames and frame picks. What is the point?
What a crazy story? Wow! I didn't see the ending coming at all. I thought the writing was good and the story was interesting. The narrator did a good job but I have to say there was something missing for me. The story was just a shocker and there was a bit of substance missing. But a good story.
Why would you create a book to talk down to people about their religious beliefs and call it "Critical Thinking"? This was a waste and I am not happy about the audiobook itself, the time I wasted on it and I am a bit upset about the nonsense of it all. Thank God it was FREE! Otherwise Audible.com would be refunding me a credit. I really disliked this audiobook and I finished it only to tell you...don't do it! There is no wisdom in this book at all just chatter.
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