In the books that I have purchased, it is at the top of the stack. I have read many books over the years and this one was one of the best. It was simple and not complicated. It was smooth. It showed abuse, neglect, and love all in the same book. The story of Sara's (the mother), daughter shows a great love towards her mother. It is impressive. If you are in the mood for a change and want something that is not heavy then purchase this book.
I liked it best when the book showed re-uniting with unconditional love. I'd love to say a whole lot here but it would spoil the book for other readers. It showed me that a good marriage allows you freedom and a abusive marriage chokes the life out of you. This is just what I got out of the book. You will find something just for you when you listen to the story for yourself.
No, but I would listen to any books that January LaVoy or Ron McLarty narrated. The narrators of this book may have told a story but you never felt like they were reading to you. They were smooth, animated and both of their voices were pleasant. They drew you into the story.
If I had my choice to rename the book I would stick with the original name of the book, "The Snow Angel." The name of the book picks out a precious moment in Sara's life and shares it with its readers.
If you choose to read this book, you will have anger in your heart at times, and at other times you will drop a tear. In my opinion it is worth the money and most of all it is worth your time. It was definitely worth my time.
Yes I would recommend this book to anyone. It keeps your interest and the main characters are interesting.
The marriage of the couple was good but the most memorable moment was the closing scene which I can't share with you because it would make the ending known and no one wants that.
This was my first listening to Eve Matheson's books but I will read all of her books if it compares to this book.
No extreme reactions to the book, just sadness at one part and listened intently at the rest of the book. I didn't want to lay it down which I had to do at one point to go to bed. I hated having to listening in two parts because it was so interesting.
If you like books that will keep you listening no matter what is going on then this romance is for you. It is a different type of romance where you don't know if they will get together or not.
I always consider the audio edition to be better than reading the book instead. What is better than someone reading a story to you. Were all kids at heart.
The woman that wore the white gloves all of the time. It has been a little while so I have forgotten her name but she was my favorite character. She was deep, poised and had class. I loved hearing about her patience. She was unique. People dis-liked her because she was distant. But she was distant for a reason. I loved how things turned out for her. I thought it was wonderful how she was used to help this abused family and get them all out of the apartment that they were living in to get away from an abusive husband and father. She was a part of the whole book from beginning to end and she always wore her white gloves. She also always had patience for the 14 year old girl that worked for her in her store. No matter how the 14 year old girl acted up she just kept loving her.
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Yes I did but I was not able to do that because of my life. I did however listen to it in two settings. The last half of the book was better than the first half of the book.
It was fun to hear how picking up a penny changed a young girls life and eventually a whole family's life. The young girl that picks up the penny in this book is memorable. She has a difficult life with child abuse to deal with and the penny starts a chain of events that eventually leads to the ending of child abuse. It eventually leads her to a whole new life. The woman that wore the white gloves also made a huge difference in her life. The young girl was so happy about what the penny did for her that when someone was feeling low or out on their luck she gave them a penny. To add to the story the book has her family as characters and her best friend and her best friends family as characters. They all add to the story.
The first 6-hours of this book was about Thieves and their lives. It was a little long winded for me. I also thought that the 1st romance of the book began in an unreal way. I found my self saying, "aw, come on." This Thief enters the home of a very rich family in NY. He is trying to crack the safe and makes a noise. The only person at home is the 18 year old daughter who is dying. See sees the Thief and holds out her arms to him saying, "OK, if your all there is come on." He is twice her age. They go upstairs where he talks to her for two hours and then they "make love." I thought yea that's going to happen.
More to my unbelief, they fall in love, her family knowing that he is a thief, accepts him with open arms and they all become one happy family until she dies. It takes 6-hours for this couple to meet and at around the 9th hour of the book this romance is over. She is dead. You know how she is going to die but no details of how her death situation took place. Remember, the book is named "Winter's Tale." Her death didn't happen in the winter. It happened in the Spring. Also, remember this is a 27 hour reading of the book so you find your self wondering where the book is going to go from here now that she is dead?
The young woman, the Thief and everyone in the family falls out of the book. Your left wondering about details and the book is now onto introducing new characters to the book. It is winter again but some how you go through the late 1800's to the early 1930's and all of a sudden you are in 1995. I found my self asking did I miss something here?
Also, A part of the book that I found un-tasteful was in part one of the book when the Thieves gave the 12 year old boy a girl to sleep with and he looses his virginity. Then, the same boy at the age of 12 meets a couple of lesbians girls. He doesn't know they are lesbians but finds out one night. He finds out when he enters the sleeping place and the girls were having sex together. They let him in to become "satisfied" also, as the book states. It didn't linger on the subject but I found it extremely un-necessary for the book or for any part of the books success. I didn't sign up to listen to a story about a 12 year old's sex life. This 12 year old boy is the same Thief that grows up to have a romance with the dying girl. The second romance is a little better and I enjoyed it a little more because it had a taste of realism.
The book goes into great details about Characters that will only be in the book once or for very short periods. Waaaaaay to much detail for my liking. I also found my self lost a few times while listening to the story. This could just be me because others gave this book 5-stars. I just couldn't do that.
I bought this book because I like long books. I feel that I get more of my money's worth that way. On this book, I do wish that they ended the book after the 1st romance ended and just started another book. The book didn't flow for me. It jumped around and was not a smooth story to take in.
I want to say a lot of other things here about the book but I am afraid to give the book away and spoil it for those that choose to purchase the book.
No I would not read another book from Mark Helprin. I didn't like his writing style or his attention to detail to the point of killing the subject.
I did like the Character of Virginia. I liked her mother also. They seemed more like real people.
I thought they were making it into a movie. Maybe I would do a lot better with the TV version of the book because they would leave out the over kill of details which this book gave to its readers.
The Narration of this book was excellent. I would listen to this Narrator in any book that he narrated.
The story was just not for me at all. I got to 4-hours and quit the book. I don't know how much further I had to listen on the book but I got as far as I could go. I would have stop listening to the book earlier but I hated to waste my money. There were stories within the main story. I just got going really good on the main story and the main character decides that she wants to write a book so she asked her mother to tell her a story from the family. The next thing that I know I find my self in an American Indian story and it wasn't short. After a while you find your self on the main story and her mother said she'd tell her other stories for her book later on. I wanted to listen to one story and not to something from the 1800's then back to the 2000's. I was then left up in the air about both stories now. When she said she would tell her other stories I clicked off the iPod. I didn't like the main story enough to put up with this back and forth. The main story didn't do a whole lot for me. The other story also didn't do a whole lot for me.
I decided after this book that I was going to pay close attention in the future to any book that I purchase. I didn't pay much for this book but what I did spend for this book could have been placed with other money to buy a better book.
I can't think of one that I really liked.
The narrator of this book was very good even though I didn't like the book. I would recommend this narrator to anyone.
I never read the print version but I always prefer audible to reading the book if at all possible. I am reading a 700 page book right now and I wish that was on audible but it is not.
Well there is more than one story. As the book states in it's title, "Miracles and Massacres." There were stories from the civil war to other stories about battles and massacres. If you are a history buff you will love the stories. The different stories were fascinating. I especially found myself caught up in one Indian Massacre. It was an extremely sad story about how the American Army massacred a Village of Indians and lied about the story to make the Army look good. I even found myself becoming angry during the story. This was a good book and I have much respect for Glen Beck just for writing it.
I did not like the narrator at all. I got used to him towards the end of the book but his reading of the Civil War, and the parts that Massachusetts played in the war, was flat out hard to listen to. I feel that I even missed parts of the book because I was fussing in my mind about how I was going to listen to the whole book with this narrator. This could just be me though. I'd hate for people not to buy this great book because I didn't like the narrator. It's a good book.
No it was too long to listen to in one sitting. I listened in two parts. However, I prefer the longer books than the shorter books. I find my self looking for the longer books.
Glen Beck really knew his stuff. I love history, and I grew up in Massachusetts, so I loved hearing about that states part in the Civil War. I knew a lot about the civil war but I didn't know about some of the battles fought in Massachusetts. This book is a good teacher on different battles of any war that it discussed. Glen Beck must have researched a lot before publishing this book. I wonder where he got his information on one Indian massacre because it was a good story. This is a great book with interesting stories. If the book was read with another narrator it would be one awesome book.
Easy listening, enjoyable book, surprise ending. Glen Beck (the reader) was very easy to listen to and the story flowed with him reading the book. The book starts out with a sad beginning which causes the boys rebellion through out the book. Even though the boy is filled with rebellion you have sympathy for him because he is causing himself so much emotional harm. You understand the boy. The book did flow and there is one extremely happy part to the book that makes you want to cry tears of joy. The book is a good read.
The book was all about Ed a 13 year old boy with adults surrounding him. Ed or Eddie was my favorite character.
He is an awesome reader as well as an awesome writer.
The man that was reading the book was very good and very animated. He really made the book come alive. The book was very good. The story line flowed. There were happy parts and some parts that made you want to cry because they were so sad. The reader really drew you in. The part that I didn't like about the book was the cussing. There was a lot of cussing. I am a Christian and they took the Lords name in vein a lot. I had a hard time with that because we are not warned any place that there would be all of that cussing and disrespect to the Lord. Other than that the story line was extremely good.
I liked the book from start to finish. Not just one special part.
Lesle because she had such a difficult life.
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