I remember owning tis book in a beautiful set as a young girl. As an adult, I had no recollection of why I cherished the book, but I did. So when I saw this as a choice, I grabbed it and am so glad I did. A delightful tale, moves very quickly and surprisingly. This is not your typical cast of characters but they are so much fun!! Narration is well done. This could have gone on forever and I wouldn't have minded.
This recommendation by a friend proved more interesting than I imagined. The story works around a few known realities of Louise Brooks, a silent movie star, but Louise is not the center of the story. Cora blooms throughout this tale. In the middle of the book (maybe a little further along), a dramatic surprise is introduced. The story could easily have ended there but doesn't. And I'm glad it didn't.
I consider the narration uneven. When not speaking for the characters, McGovern presents very sophisticated voice. But when either Cora or Louise speak, a midtown corny voice is used, one that doesn't fit nor is it convincing.
Even though it was a little difficult to follow all of the characters from the first installment, it was a great read (listen) and fascinating!! The hours flew by. Narration was wonderful. Can't wait to get to the last installment!!
I heard about this book and was fascinated but waited to purchase it for almost nine months. Then I didn't listen to it for another eight months. But within the first five minutes I wondered why I took so long. I then purchased an electronic version because I wanted to "see" so much of what she wrote about in order to communicate it to others.
Seeing other reviews about this book it saddens me that it has not necessarily caught on to the audience that needs to read it the most: the "lay" population. I see a lot of doctors and nurses (myself included) who recognize the value of this topic. But the word needs to get out there to everyone else!
This book was well written. It has clear language about evidence based research findings. The writing catches and keeps your interest. The author reads it very well. I love everything about this book!! I will use the information not only in my personal life, but also in my professional life: as a nurse an as an educator.
I have not agreed with others when they rave about Sue Monk Kidd's books. I enjoy her writing (enjoyed her Guideposts entries years ago much more) but haven't fallen in love with them. I was hesitant then to get this book. I was not aware of the fact-based foundation until Kidd revealed it in the recording at the end of the book. Her explanation of how she came to write what she did, fact here and fiction there, made me like the story much more, for some odd reason.
It was Sarah's character that gave me pause. I did not see her as the driving character she must have been in real life. Her desires for a real and full life were well presented, but I also saw her being drawn into her situations by others and not initiating actions on her on.
Hetty and her story, on the other hand, was fascinating. I saw her truthful (especially her statement about how her and Sarah's lives were both restricted but for different reasons) wisdom and struggle throughout. I could understand what she felt and why she did what she did.
And Angelina's role in the story seemed to come in as an afterthought.
Narration by both was well done.
I say get the book as much because everyone else has in order to be able to intelligently discuss it. but don't get it because you think it might be compelling literature.
It was so good to really get immersed in a good listen!! The time was simpler and the characters revealed that. What was good was good and what was bad was bad. The main family exemplified strong values. They stood up for what they believed in and acted out in appropriate ways for what was wrong. I loved the scene where a number of men at night were going to "raid" the camp. In simple honesty, the wife started greeting the men by name, asking about family and work and such. Very simple, but very powerful. She knew and stated that if they were called out by name, they would be ashamed of what they were trying to do and leave. And that was exactly what happened. Simple, honest, powerful.
For a story about how a Japanese internment camp changed a local village, there was not much about the "prisoners" in the story. There was enough to show how the main family tried to do what they could to provide a good example and interact with them as much as possible. But the Japanese families were just a side event, even though their existence was the basis of the story.
Narration was excellent. This is definitely worth the credit. I will purchase more by this author.
I have listened to several very long books. I will not pursue additional books in this series as this one wasn't worth it. The story itself was interesting and carries/carried much potential. But the pompous characters, almost all, were ridiculous. There were stray ends that could have taken the story along a variety of directions. Many never went anywhere and were unworthy fodder.
Narration was decent.
One distracting piece was a lack of attention, I feel, to accuracy of the era. I have read enough books placed in this timeframe and maybe I am used to their attention to the differences from our times. For example, paper was a scarcity. It was hard to come by and therefore treated with such respect. It lent to an unbelieveability for much of what happened.
This was a good story even though there was a great deal of predictability to it. I have never read any of this series before and usually don't start with one in the middle. But based on the other reviews, maybe I am glad I did as I did not know that I was missing some good interaction that was present in previous writings.
The narration was not the worst I have heard, but certainly not the best. Do not let that stop you from listening to this one.
Lately I have been going through a dry spell of books I have not really enjoyed. My book club chose this title and despite the good reviews, I was reluctant. The story was interesting from the start. Narration was superb with a talented inclusion of accents and differentiation between characters. We follow Rachel through the normal up's and down's of anyone's life. Hers were, of course, slightly different than usual but there is the story. She was separated from family at an early age but connected with others soon after. When that connection was lost, other loved ones filled her life. She had teenage rebelliousness. She sought out love an had some failures. She married and had a child. Her husband died. And she continued on to fulfill her dreams that she had held on to through it all. I didn't want it to end but when it did, I was satisfied. I look forward to reading additional works by Mr. Brennert.
I was hoping for more from this book (and ultimately the series). There is not a lot of depth in the storyline or the characters. Their lives and actions are very simple, with none of the richness that makes a story interesting. There is a good mystery with a number of possible choices and a twist or two. However, never once was I disappointed to stop listening temporarily.
To make it all worse, as most others have noted, the narration was absolutely awful. It sounded like the efforts of character differentiation were too extreme. Her normal voice would have been fine. But many of the voices were fake sounding and certainly overly dramatic, and that should have been noted (and changed) during production.
Many other reviewers have commented on the poor quality of this narration. What a shame because this story deserved better than that. I was fascinated by the uniqueness of this dilemma and couldn't wait to hear more. But that was contrasted with the frustration of not being able to understand what was being said. I am all for authenticity of accents, but that doesn't mean quality should be lost: poor enunciation and dropping volume at the end of the sentence being the most significant deficits.
But for all the richness and detail that went into character development and setting the stage for this drama, the author really blew it at the end. The climax that should have been never quite made it. I don't want to spoil it but there was a significant turnabout at the end that was told briefly with no significant detail or explanation. And then that end went on for two groaning segments that did not bring it together. What a disappointment. I want to scream "Let's have a do-over!"
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