I listened to the whole thing despite the producer's mistake regarding how it should be read. The entire tone of the book was indignant, strident, grating. However, I was more than interested in the story Pearl had to tell. Plus I learned a lot about the prevailing normatives of the story's time and place. I recommend the book but I think you'd be happier if you read it yourself.
No favorite character.
I think I've listened to about 200 books and I've only been critical of one other reader who was miscast--a producer's error. I have not listened to any other of Hoye's books--though I see I've purchased one. The mistake could have been the producer's--perhaps Hoye was instructed to read it as he did.
Someone recommended Pearl to me and I'm glad he did. I look forward to listening to another of his books soon. His plot was engaging and, as I said, his perspective on the birth of technology was informative.
I've read everything Hornby has published. But this, my goodness, is tedious. He writes a lot about bad humor, bad jokes, the same old sight gags, double takes and unlikely coincidences, but this book which, I believe, is supposed to be funny, is an example of bad humor, bad jokes and the same old stuff.
It was a lively performance of unlively material. I tip my hat to the narrator.
The narrator was wonderful.
This was well reviewed but I don't get what the critics liked about it. Narrow-minded people with narrow-minded lives simplistically described. Literary language? Hardly.
An Unnecessary Woman
I think this was my first Mare Winningham and I liked everything about her performance. She made the best of a tiresome book.
I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if its writer weren't famous. But I'm glad I did. The plot kept me engaged throughout. I did recommend the audio to a friend and bought a hard copy for another friend.
I thought the reader was rhythmically perfect for the book. This is a mystery, not a thriller, and Glenister set the scene very well.
I would not. I read Smiley's Greenlanders, also epically long, and I loved it. But this was a tiresome story about very tiresome people. Maybe it's a "beach read" or a "beach listen."
I have tried other of her books, as I said. I know she is well regarded but certainly not for this book.
The reader was better than the book.
I did recommend this book to several people because it deals with, in a just way, some of the cruelest aspects of the settling of America.
The narrators were great but in this book's case, Phillip Meyer did all the heavy lifting.
This is a book about family, botany, the (putative) existence of god and a great dog named Roger. I don't have a background in botany so I can't tell you if Gilbert is the expert she appears to be, but I learned a great deal about how the world works and her protagonists's "theories" resonate remarkably and motivate thoughtfulness.
My favorite character was Roger the dog but virtually every character in the book was memorably depicted.
I haven't listened to her audiobooks but I have seen most of her performances. She was masterful with this book. I would be happy to listen to her again and will check out what else she has done for Audible.
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