I really loved the character of Peg, the mother and the main character, Desa Malone. They were very happy and positive people despite what was happening to them. What I really loved about this story is that it's about a time in history that is not often studied now and has so many relationships to what is happening in today's society.
I also listened to bud not buddy and loved that - Christopher Curtis is a great storyteller. I'm in my 40s and found this a wonderful listen when I was cooking, running, or just in the car.
I had just visited the Loire and Normandy and this story was perfect - in fact I was searching for something like this before I left. I have not read any other Kristin Hannah and while there were some annoying sections where characters seemed to have an incredible lack of perception, it was a great story about how the French people suffered and dealt in different ways with the German occupation.
The time period is similar to all the light we cannot see but I liked this book better as it felt less preachy.
Oh that's so hard, I think near the end where one of the sisters has to say goodbye to someone she loves who doesn't understand why she is saying goodbye (trying not to spoil anything here)
Math, baseball and personality
A very fun listen that introduced me to the world of baseball. Very much enjoyed it!
I had just read the red tent and thought to try something else by this author. I loved this - much more than the red tent - it was a great piece about a point in time where you really started to understand not only the first generation immigrant experience but a coming of age story mixed with it.
When she first gets out of Boston and goes to the ocean. You really feel how it must have been to experience something other than the grimy city for the first time.
I thought Linda Lavin's voice was perfect for this character. Sometimes there is somewhat of a mis-match but not here at all.
I didn't know anything about the book aside from the basic premise and it was great to experience it without future knowledge. I did find the main character so annoying at times, but I think we were supposed to think she was overly uptight and set in her ways.
She is a bit breathy for me but I got used to it and it worked!
I read this book when I was a teenager and LOVED it. That was more than thirty years ago though and it doesn't totally stand up. Desiree is portrayed as not very smart (though she does smart things) self-deprecating and there are somewhat painful passages where old romance is retread. It is also clear that the reader is not quite right for this - the story starts when she is 14 and ends in her late 40s and the reader doesn't do either justice. It is a great way to live through the Napoleonic Wars though. Also it is very disappointing that she leaves her husband and child and returns to paris. I realize that is not the authors doing but made her a much less interesting person in my mind.
I did listen to most of the last half at 1.5x time and that worked perfectly!
inspirational interesting story
I loved learning more about this important person in American society - how she grew up and through self determination became a very successful person in a society that was pretty hostile to her in her early years.
She did a pretty good job but there were obvious places - a lot of them - where there were retakes of a sentence or so and you could totally tell that one was recorded out of sync with the other.
I loved learning about the abolition movement and how it was tired to women's rights. I studied this in school but not in depth and it did make me want to learn more about it. I really enjoyed the last part of the book where the author spoke directly about the facts and how she integrated them into the story. I felt the story itself was overly long and a bit unsurprising.
I think at the beginning you think that the girls will be best friends and save each other but you come to see that they care for each other but circumstances are too different to breach. The portrayal of abolitionists, vs equality of the races and equality of the sexes was very helpful in understanding how different society was just a few hundred years ago or less.
This was the first michael lewis book I read and was really impressed that he was able to find narratives that made high frequency trading much more interesting than it is when business papers cover it. This was high on my list - I basically wanted to listen to it almost all the time. The writing was great and entertaining
It is a story of something so complex that I wouldn't be able to figure it out from one article, but Lewis takes the time to explain it.
I thought dylan was great - his voice really had the no nonsense feel that the writing conveyed as well.
not really that kind of book!
Yes, I really loved the different voices of the 3 different characters. They brought these characters to life. The female character was the most unbelievable of the three and having Kate Mulgrew read it helped make it seem more real.
The glancing touch of history of Texas which was not all that long ago.
Eli Mcculough. he is an interesting character and the voice was perfect.
A great listen that will pull you into this three generational history of Texas.
Probably so - the story and the characters are fun (though a bit tough to keep track of) and I thought the reader could have done a better job of distinguishing when there was a change of scene or speaker
A fun listen - and it's not that long so you can forgive some of the transitions that work better in print than when read.
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