I would rank this book in the top 10%. The author reads it, her accent and slow southern rhythms really add to the story. Excellent writing and character development.
It is similar to The Prodigal Summer, both take place in the south, involve a nature aspect, family life, church and southern culture, and strong female characters. I would rank Prodigal Summer a bit higher then this one for the story. I felt like there was too much 'science' at times that certain character plots got dropped along the way, but overall a very enjoyable read.
Her accent and pace.
Dovey. She reminds me of myself.
Yes. I would listen again with an ear that knows the ending now.
This is a book outside my normal genres, so it's hard for me to say.
I enjoyed the English accents.
Very emotional, moving, and real. I have a 9 month old baby and at one point in the book I had to shut it off because it was way too emotional and tough to hear. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to come back to it, but I did, and I'm glad.
As I mentioned before, this is not a usual genre I read, but the audio sample got me hooked. The characters are so true to life. Nothing is romanticized, there is no judgment. The characters' enormous flaws don't equal karmic justice like you would find in other books.
I would say this is one of the top books I've listened to because the story was interesting and funny and the voice actor was amazing! She could read the dictionary and leave you unable to put it down.
Les...She became a strong woman who finally went after what she deserved and wanted.
The early therapist scenes with Wes. His mindset is so self focused it's hilarious
Harlin for his wonderful sense of style and historical knowledge.
I will be reading all of this author's other works. I'm so happy to have discovered her. I've always been a fan of Anne Rivers Siddons and was looking for a similar author. They have different narrative styles but both make Charleston and the south seem magical.
Yes, as Raistlin is my favorite character, you learn more and more about him, the good, the bad, the heart wrenching.
uninspiring, bland, not in character
Listened to this book in record time, written well, couldn't wait to hear more from Raistlin.
I jumped over to this series right after Dragonlance Chronicles 3rd book. The story line flows right to this series. Now, I don't really have any plans to go back and read the 4th book in the Chronicles series though.
It gave some really practical, hands on examples on ways to raise a child in a secular household.
That it is likely a child will receive harsh or negative criticism from other children about the fact that they don't go to church or believe in God.
The last couple chapters seemed to stray from the practical how to's and spoke about secular topics in general, and at length (evolution/Darwin for example). I did like the different viewpoints and methods it discussed though.
Yes. This book enthralls you quickly, for the first half of the book, I wasn't sure what direction the story was going in (and this was a good thing!) Wonderful storytelling, great narration, very unique topic.
The boy's character and point of view.
His accent, the voice inflections, the pauses and tone HE, as the author, wanted us to hear.
It was a little shocking at the beginning, because I have not read Neil Gaiman before, so I was unsure of the genre.
I wish it was longer!
The story is weak. Felt like I was reading a second rate tv sitcom.
Yes, I need my fiction to be solid, not looking for a beach-read.
I won't look for her specifically.
The complexity and realness of the characters.
Nothing I did not like
Poisonwood Bible, I really liked the Prodigal Summer much more. The writing was just as good, but I became much more invested in these characters.
Truly well written piece of work. Takes place in Appalachia and follows the lives of 4 different individuals. She weaves the culture, vernacular, and landscape into a story that gives you an appreciation of a way of life we probably don't give enough respect to.
I love that Barbara did the audio her own slow southern accent really adds to the story and I appreciate knowing I am hearing the work as she meant for it to be heard.
Joshilyn Jackson weaves an amazing story. Her characters are all ones we can relate too. This story is told from the perspective of 3 different characters and each one is so true to life! I bought this book to listen to on my commute, but got so hooked on the story and plot, I ended up listening to the entire second half of the book in one weekend!
Big. She has a fiesty screw-you attitude and loves her girls.
Since she wrote the book and narrated it, I feel like I am truly hearing as she meant it to be heard.
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