Jacqueline Kennedy's words directly from her when she was still a young widow in her thirties --gave me a unique sense of of the time, place and person. The quality of the tapes was not great, and the content sometimes rambled, but the overall experience was a sense of intimacy with a historic person. I got much more insight to the times and person--there were interruptions by her children--very poignant and reminder that our icons were real people living both a daily and yet extrordinary life. Biggest aha for me was Jacqueline's undeveloped sense of feminism and a "woman's role"--which Carolyn notes in the forward she subsequently changed. All in-- a unique experience for a person who enjoys history.
I was disappointed--I love George Carlin comedy but this book just t didn't keep me engaged.
Still not sure I pieced the ending all together--but a very well written story that drew me in. A short and good listen that would be fun to talk over with a friend who has also read it. I did miss the opportunity of having a paper book to go back over the last pages several times and replaying is cumbersome--enjoyed listening to it and enjoyed the craft of the writer which was first class>
When I saw how long this was--thought I would never last--got totally hooked! Now am watching the video version and comparing characters as I imagined them with the actors who play them--really quite entertaining in itself! Just bought the second book--the narrator is terrific and helped me follow the myriad characters. Occasionally a voice was a bit "over the top" but all in a very good story with a great reader.
Some books adapt especially well to audio format and this book is one of them. The story is told from two points of view and the audio version follows suite with a male and female reader. This added to my sense of each character an the sense I was hearing their thoughts. Story felt a bit long and contrived toward the end--but all in an excellent listen.
One of those books that makes you feel that are you are in another century and place. A good listen.
This is a powerful book that stays with you. It put me a another time, place and body. One of the most compelling books I have heard in a long time. The narration was excellent and enhanced m experience of the book.
An excellent listen. First rate writing and narration. A story that grows on you and stays with you.
Good story about a young woman in the Civil War period who wants to become a doctor. Interesting details about medical treatments and conditions.
On a human level a remarkable story; on a historical level gives insight into the treatment American POW's by Japanese.
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