But I loved this classic. My son-in-law, however, who followed upon my heels, had to put it down. Why the difference? I suspect because I am a visual thinker. The way Dickens draws scenes lends itself to images in the mind, and he provides such rich detail that the characters seem to materialize out of nowhere, right in their places. Wonderful story and descriptions of the times. I loved the historical aspects and felt I could easily draw into another time and place
This book held my rapt attention to the very end - which is saying quite a bit considering its length.. The characters were so engrossing, and following the lives of the generations as they wound throughout the story was very satisfyingly done. there was one secret that never came to light... but I'll let you read it to discover which one.
Narrator needs to distinctly separate character voices, even if one did die off and the other is a family relative. My mind still has the auditory impression that this voice belonged to the dead character - a very, very frustrating listen that completely got in the way of my enjoyment. I couldn't finish it. Perhaps I will try reading it in print version some day.
Yes. the story seemed appealing and her writing style was interesting to me.
None as far as I read.
This was an incredible story of dysfunctional families, family devotion, love, fidelity, infidelity, mental illness, abuse, poverty and riches. It's a wonderful, triumphant story about the love of a family with some incredible hurdles - more than anyone on this earth should have to endure.
Glass House by J Walls, - except this was much, much more developed, rich in detail and character development.
No, but I certainly will after this. His performance was outstanding.
Tom Wingo - he allows us to understand and empathize with an unfamiliar life
This really took me by surprise - I had no idea it would be so incredible a listen. I wish all my choices were this fantastic!
Yes. For someone just dabbling in Shakespeare, the cast reading helps lend understanding to the tongue.
Yes but only if they think they might be interested in trying a little Shakespeare.
Passionate, clear, believable.
More meat, less storytelling. Different narrator.
The narrator had a smug, almost flippant tone which unfortunately mirrored the tone of the book.
It's because of books like these that I so very much appreciate Audible ' s return policy.
I felt like I was hearing stories from my mother, and her mother, and the generations before, as passed down through oral tradition. Full of insight, humor, skepticism, shock, and unabashedly misplaced love. Yes, this is a story of generations of strong women, but it's also a series of love stories, of families loved and lost, of heartbreak and longing, of political ambition and cunning.
Multi-generational narration. There was only one segment toward the end that did not "fit" with where I thought we were in the characters - but I got accustomed to it. The change in narrative voices is a wonderful addition as each character in the generational lineage tells her parts of the interweaving stories.
Yes, there were some tears!
This was long and at times I just simply picked up another book for variety - but I never regretted coming back to hear more of the stories. No regrets. Some books you just can't finish because they go on and on, even though they're good - this was NOT like that. It was long, but it was also a very, very good book.
This is a dynamite book - and I can't even remember how I stumbled upon it. It really should be renamed - because it's not truly about a single kind of charisma, and in fact the book would be better served not even to use the word given old-school prejudices. The book is really about creating appropriate "presence" with others to better develop unique and mutually satisfying relationships across personal and business lines. This is a fantastic resource, and I hope to use tips from the book to better prepare medical students for the "real life relational" aspects of going out into their rotations and dealing with others.
I was disappointed in this book. I have enjoyed Jeffery Eugenides' The Marriage Plot and will try another book of his another time. However, I kept waiting for this one to get better, and so I kept listening, and kept listening - and it never did. The plot was never really well developed enough for my taste, though it seemed there have could have been a variety of directions to move if the author had chosen to do so. I realize I'm bucking the tide here... but it's true, this book never quite lived up to my expectations.
I don't usually listen to books more than once.
I haven't read a book like this before.
She was very real - flatness of tone many times to depict the flatness of the captivity. After I adjusted to her wry narration and increased the speed just a bit, I was able to enjoy her sense of humor, her moments of compassion, and her despair.
There are brief moments of unexplainable compassion and flecks of insight that she experiences not just for her tormenting captors but for others around her. It is not outright identified as compassion until the end of the book, but the listener hears those little pearls and goes, "Ahhhh. Yes."
This was initially difficult to listen to until I adjusted the speed to my comfort. It was difficult then because the story draws you in to experience these days with the author. Each day you arise with her, spend her day as she does, share her thoughts, and experience the turns of hope and despair right along with her. Her insight into people of another culture, which begins at one level of understanding and gains in maturity and perspective as her captivity progresses, makes the listen worth the time alone. Ultimately, however, it is a book that will stick with you for the haunting story of how simple it was for a young, confident and competent Canadian journalist to be kidnapped. tortured, and amazingly released. It is an astounding story of survival in the face of unbelievable odds.
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