I liked the initial description of Homer and of Langley - two brothers with different personalities who lived their lives intertwined with each other and their large family home. The idea was intriguing and at the start of interest, but it dragged on forever, and by the last few hours of the narration, I just wanted it to end. It was clear that the end was not going to be redemptive, so I felt "get it over with already".
End it sooner.
I did not have a favorite.
The things that make an audio book great in my opinion are: a very good story that is well written and a great narrative performance. The Elephant Whisperer had these qualities. The story is a lovely depiction of life on a South African game reserve and is full of the real life drama of managing wild life while attempting to ensure that the wild remains in their lives. As a lover of animals and someone with the great good fortune to have visited Sabi Sabi game reserve, Umfalosi game reserve and Kruger Park over 25 years ago, it was a wonderful and nostalgic return to South Africa and its beautiful landscape. Many of the vignettes in the book brought tears to my eyes. It is the type of book that keeps on giving, and ends too soon.
The narrator did a first class job, making it all the more enjoyable. Although I am sure the book is eminently readable, the South African accent added immeasurably for me and I totally enjoyed the listen
Its been over 40 years since I first read To Kill a Mockingbird and when I saw it on audible I decided I'd like to listen to it again. I'm so glad that I did. This story never grows old. it's a wonderful story, the writing is beautiful and the performance was fantastic. I highly recommend it to anyone
Gripping, real, heartbreaking
In retrospect, I think what I liked best was discovering how closely the novel followed the actual historical events. The story was entirely engrossing and kept me attentive and unwilling to set the book down.
There were many scenes that I enjoyed, as I totally enjoyed the entire book. The story of how a young woman comes to see slavery as wrong and how this conviction grows in her as she reaches adulthood while being raised in a slave owning, Southern family is a fascinating one. I was chilled by the scene involving Sarah and her father in his library following her declaration that she wished to study law. The same goes for several scenes involving Charlotte, who abhors her slavery and never comes to peace with it.
I found listening to this book to be a completely positive experience that I can highly recommend from every standpoint.
The story moved ahead at a good pace, and I found myself wanting to listen longer in order to know what would happen next to both of the book's heroines.
I found the narration to be satisfactory, but not more than that. Sometimes a narrator makes the book, but in this case I found it to be only adequate.
The obvious answer to that question is Vivien, the old woman. I would be interested to know more about her decisions throughout her life. For example, why did she never try to run away from unbearable situations.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The story is compelling. I have no idea how representative it is of the actual conditions and situations of orphans at that time of American history, but it was certainly a realistic picture of how life is for children that lose the love and protection of caring parents. The two heroines are well developed and I found myself anxious to discover how their lives developed.
One of the enjoyable aspects of this book was the interconnection of the various characters that were gradually introduced to us. Though at first glance they were not obviously connected, the binding threads began to appear relatively quickly and worked well to hold the story together.I also found all of the characters to be well developed. I could identify personalities that everyone has probably known among their own friends and relatives, which made the story believable.I felt the author did a great job of conveying the feelings of love that parents have for children and how this affects their lives.
The Time Traveler's Wife. Two things make me think of this book, though the stories are very different. First of all, both do a great job of portraying love and how it drives and directs lives. And secondly, both bring in the element of time and how it affects life. In the Husband's Secret one has to ask again and again, what might have been if ...
I also really enjoyed the epilogue which added another dimension to the story.
I would highly recommend this book. It is beautifully written and tells a story about a place (Cambodia) and a time, the violent era of the 1970's, with which I was almost totally unfamiliar. Through the story I learned about both and suffered with the very true to life characters
I have tried to think how to answer this question without giving away important parts of the book, and feel that I cannot. Instead, I will say that what was memorable for me was the way in which a very young child was forced to mature and take responsibility at way too early an age.
The main character, a 7 year old girl called Rami.
At times I felt that Rami was actually too mature for her age, but the horrors of senseless cruelty and depravation can be very maturing factors in one's life. Even had she been twice her age at the onset of the book, the story would have been no less dramatic and touching.
Yes, the length of the book and the ending, which I felt was a huge let down after so much action and drama.
I am sure that had I read the book rather than listening to it I would have put it down after the first 50 pages. The performance was so excellent, though, that I listened to the entire, long, dramatic, unbelievable thing only to find that the ending was a total let down.
Yes, it was fantastic.
In my opinion Munro is a good story teller, and I have yet to read something she has written that I did not enjoy. However, this partially autobiographical work was not one of her best.
My least favorite.
The last chapter was my favorite.
I felt that the narrator was the most memorable character. She holds the work together and in the end we learn about her life, which to me was the most interesting of all.
This memoir is a real eye opener. I am embarrased to say that despite a visit on my part 26 years ago to Victoria Falls, I knew next to nothing about the ongoing drama of life in Zimbabwe. It is a nightmare - only real. Because Zimbabwe has no natural assets that draw the interest of the world's businessmen, the ubelievable horror of daily life continues with no intervention and little concern from countries in Europe and North America. The book is well written and the narration was excellent.
I enjoyed this novel from the inception. The narrator does a wonderful job, providing a realism that adds to the story. The characters are well formed and sympathetic. I found myself listening way past the allotted time of each session and was sorry for the end.
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