I loved the book, "The Good Earth." It taught me a lot about China, its history and its people. When I saw this other book by Pearl S. Buck I thought I'd give it a try.
I wasn't disappointed. The story was quite compelling and the performance was excellent.
This is a story about a little Chinese girl sold to a Jewish family in 1850's China as a friend/servant of the family's young son. I didn't realize there were Jews in China until reading this story!
The story incorporates the history of the Jews in China, as well as their current (1850's) life style. It tells the story of Peony, her "adopted" family, and what happens when the family becomes assimilated into Chinese culture/life.
Overall, a very good listen.
I've seen the movie, of course, but never read the book. The story was fun. Quite different from the movie. As an adult, I could see places in the story where I'd think, "why didn't they just...." But then, there'd be no story! Anne Hathaway was excellent! All the voices she came up with! She made this a very fun listen.
Enjoyed the continued story. It's easy to get caught up in the lives of the thunder point residents. Carr does a good job of creating characters you can relate to; and Therese Plummer is an excellent narrator. Next up for me--"the hero" the next in the series!
Steinbeck knows how to draw a picture with words. I could feel the despair of the migrant workers. It's all so sad. And it will hopefully give people a better understanding of the migrant workers (illegal aliens) if today.
The narrator was excellent. I googled him and recognized him. It gave me a new respect for the actor, Dylan Baker. He had a voice for each character, male and female; and I would swear that Henry Fonda was reading the Tom Jode part! Baker was that good!
I highly recommend this book. I like Steinbeck, and now I'll also put Dylan baker-narrated books on my must-listen list!
I agree with a previous reviewer. What kind of Scottish accent is this? It sounds like Dracula moved to Scotland! The previous books were great! As the books are set in Scotland, you'd think the ability to do the accent would be a priority!
I can't review the story because I had to stop listening. I simply couldn't take hearing Ms. Angel read Nate's lines. I love this series. What a shame that I have to skip olivia's story.
Listened to Sister Carrier once, when I first purchased it, and didn't care much for the narrator. At that time, I hadn't had much experience with Audible books, so I didn't have much to compare it to. Now I've been listening for years; and I've heard some WONDERFUL narrations.
This book was chosen by our book club as our classic for this year, so I tried to listen to the book again and simply could not take listening to it again.
The cadence of the speech, the voice, everything, just isn't good.
The story isn't a happy one, and it really shows you the customs and value of women (or lack thereof) for the late 1800s/early 1900s.
If you really want to read this book, find another version, or get a printed copy.
I was excited for this audiobook to come out. I LOVED the first story and couldn't wait to hear this sequel.
I have to ask the publisher -- was the narrator of the first book not available to complete this one? That's the only reason I can think of that you wouldn't have the same person narrate both books.
I grew to accept Lauren Fortgang as the voice of Camryn and Andrew, and I expected to hear her continue the story in this new book.
I am SO disappointed that she didn't narrate this book. It changed the whole experience.
These narrators are ok. But they aren't the voices I expect to hear.
Bottom line, the story is good, but the overall experience was ruined for me because of the change in narrators. Overall -- disappointed.
This is my first Nicholas Sparks book. It won't be my last. I can only hope the next is as good as this story. I just finished listening, and wish there was more! I'd love a sequel to learn more about Sophia and Luke and their life together.
What can I say? The narrators were excellent. I like that they had a male and female voice instead of just one person reading the whole book.
While I listened, I found myself laughing, getting scared, getting teary-eyed. It was a love story, true, but it wasn't predictable. I always find myself trying to figure things out -- how everything will connect, and usually I'm pretty good at it. I figured everything would connect, and it did but not how I expected.
While I loved Ira's story, I still couldn't wait to get back to Sophia and Luke's story, I guess because Ira's story was ending and Luke and Sophia were just beginning.
Wasn't sure what to expect when i stsrted listening but I got very invested in Camryn and Andrew's story. I'he been reading several romances lately and there is definitely a formula - the girl is ready to have crazy sex with no strings and the guy wants to please the girl before he takes anything for himself. And this story isn't really different in that sense. But I found I liked these people and I cared about them. I am looking forward to listening to the continued story - "the edge of always".
I listened and listened and kept hoping one of the characters -- any of the characters -- would give Georges Duroy a good thrashing!
If this story is any indication, Guy de Maupassant doesn't have a good opinion of women. Is there nothing he can do that would make them dump him?! Only one woman in this story had any self-respect, and even she gave in to him!
In any case, while this was written in 1885, I could see the exact same story being written about people today.
And that is scary!
I don't know what made me select this story to listen to -- perhaps it was because it was narrated by Jim Broadbent. In any case, this was a good listen!
Jim Broadbent's voice gave just the right amount of feeling to Harold's voice. This book was similar to a Faulkner work, in that the more you listened, the more you "peeled the onion" and learned what happened to cause the "Pilgrimage".
The story wasn't one that you could say, "I've read/listened to something similar before." It was very unusual, and gave an excellent view of our current culture of celebrity.
It seemed an incredible premise -- leaving the house to mail a letter to a friend, and instead starting to walk over 300 miles to see that friend. But the issues Harold dealt while walking were what we'd expect. And it was interesting to hear his voice and thoughts go through changes as the miles passed.
The characters in this story were so well written. I could see the viewpoint of Harold, and that of his wife. I really felt for Harold throughout the story. I wanted him to succeed -- but I didn't want the story to end!
I highly recommend this book.
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