The story is very interesting and I'm very glad that I "read" this book. It made such a huge impact on slavery shortly after it was published that it is really a must read. It's important to read a little bit about the author, however, so you understand where she was coming from at the time of the writing. The narrator for the audiobook, however, was not good. The voice was stilted and unimaginable. It was all I could do to take my head phones off and pick up my paper copy.
This book was selected for my book club. At first I had little desire to read it but started it and then got too involved in it to stop. It's well written although a bit too sentimental and moralistic at times. But Ms. Alcott hits upon many real emotions and struggles throughout the book. I did not appreciate these attributes as a preteen. Once you have read Little Women, try the contemporary novel March by Geraldine Brooks. It's the story of the father while he was away at war. Definitely not a child's book.
While this isn't my favorite Dickens' book I've read, I definitely enjoyed it. For me, the audio book narrator has a big impact on my enjoyment of the book. Simon Vance was excellent and I have already sought out additional books he has narrated.
I loved "To Kill a Mockingbird" and expected a similar story. But it is really nothing like Mockingbird. I really enjoyed it though and have been trying to figure out if I would have enjoyed it as much had I read it rather than listened to it. I very much enjoyed the narrator. He was perfect for the book. The story is at times rather intense but it's worth the ride.
I hadn't read Dickens since high school but now, 30 years later, decided to give him a try. The man really is an amazing author with wonderful characters, great plot and pacing, and a sense of humor. I will definitely read more of his books. The narrator of the audiobook made it even more enjoyable. This is the first time I have sought out a narrator's name so that I can find more of his books.
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