In fact, I have already recommended this audiobook to friends, and I am recommending it to you now as well. In seeking a good book, I seek a good story, and Ms VanLiere has crafted a believable story. The listener actually cares about the characters and wants particular outcomes. At various points in the story, you may feel that you know how it will end, but you are never certain. The she provides additional information through the characters and you wonder if you know at all.
It was heartwarming without being sappy or pedestrian. The people are honorable in the ways they approach their lives and the dilemmas they face.
It does my heart good to hear a book written with some southern dialect delivered authentically- without the fakey-sounding put-on accent. Hearing her performance lends validity to the inclusion of particular turns of phrase with which I grew up and hear so seldom!
I laughed AND cried- repeatedly! Most of all, I could not turn it off! I so wanted to hear the next step of the journey all the way through.
This brilliant story of a man, a marriage, a family- includes something with which every person can identify. It sheds light on our humanity and growth as individuals in ways I've never quite recognized in the same way through other fiction.
Jim Broadbent inhabited the character of Harold Fry in such as way as to actually make the story more like a one-man play. I have not read the book in print, but I would not want to now- the performance was so perfect, I certainly could not have "heard" the book as well in my own mind, and will never read it without feeling the performance of this gifted reader!
Rachel Joyce writes with a light hand and an open heart. She brings tears of recognition to our eyes. She opens us to truths about our own lives in the same way that Harold Fry recognizes truths about himself and his own life. We often do not recognize those truths as events unfold, but later in life, looking back, we see that our lives have mattered in the only way that counts- in our effects upon others.
a literary novel, I hope.
This isn't really a story- just bird songs, but if you purchased the CD set, you would get all of the same sounds and information.
Well, I did get to listen to the birds...
I would recommend that you purchase the book on the CD boxed set. That's what I will have to do. Then, once it is imported into iTunes, I'll be able to identify each bird track and play only that one. Since this comes in a different format, it does not import to iTunes as tracks, but chapters...with no track titles. So, it would be a nightmare to try to find one bird individually. I had really hoped that this would be a good deal, but for my purpose, it's useless.
Human, Engaging, Enlightening
March himself was my favorite character, as he was richly imagined, and he was given a full internal and external life and personality.
I have not listened to Richard Easton's other performances, but will seek him out now that I have heard this one.
The Little Women had a Father!
Historical research by the author gives this story authenticity in great detail, as one with the social and political views of March might have lived in his time and place.
I could not finish this book. The story is so difficult to hear because of the repeated and increasingly graphic descriptions of her abuse. I know it's an important subject, but for me, this was just too hard to hear in this detail.
Not for me, but I'm sure it would be for many others.
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