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Karen

I am a painter, and I listen to books while I paint. Like a memory attached to a song, the images I paint later remind me of a novel.

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  • Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor
    • Narrated By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a 50-something and a 20-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other. Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel.

    Lisa says: "Laughter and tears"
    "Not my Favorite Fruit."
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    I cannot say that I liked much about this book.
    I kept wanting to scream, "Get over yourself".
    I am a self-reflective person, but would not want to subject my ruminations to others in the manner which this author used in "Traveling with Pomegranates".

    If pressed to choose one thing that I enjoyed, it was the younger Kidd's reflections and delivery.
    I feel very differently about her mother's reading. This is what I liked the least.

    Sue Monk Kidd should have had another read her book aloud. She has some very very strange pronunciations of many words. I am not speaking about her southern accent. It was the distinct pronunciations, which were annoying and distracting. I cringed when she said "bass" relief. Mirror was repeatedly pronounced "mir-oh". Many of the Greek names were mispronounced. Even the word "daughter" had an odd tilt to it.

    (Are there no editors or sound engineers, producers, etc. to sit in on the readings? I would have not even been able to finish the book, if it were not necessary for my bookclub participation.

    I felt Kidd bored the reader with belabored points. This could have been a much more effective short story, than the endless chapters she presented.

    'Very disappointed in this book.
    I'd rather eat my pomegranates, than travel with them.

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