I just finished listening to this book this morning and it has left me perplexed about myself. I'm not sure why I read this book as it is full of sorrows and tribulations and only after everything has been distroyed, and seemingly all hope lost, do you find the small redeeming value hidden in the last 7 minutes of the book. Is that enough? Or did I just torture myself for days for nothing more then the awakening of my mind to the sickening reality of what slaves suffered by the hands of their masters?
I decided to read it in the first place because one reviewer said it was better then The Help, which I loved! To me, The Help balanced the pain and reality with hilarious and touching moments. The Kitchen House concentrated mostly on the dark, corrupt, and perverted. The plot captured my attention, and the book is well written as it draws you into love or hate each character. For now I remain undecided whether I should recommend this book for anything other then the great narration.
Read at your own risk.
As my headline and rating might suggest, I loved this book! I have tried many times to read the book, and have failed to be engaged. I watched the black & white movie with Gregory Peck many years ago, and thought it was fine. But I wanted to know why this book was considered a "classic" and therefore, I waited (impatiently) for it to be released on audible.
We all know how wonderful Sissy Spacek is on the screen, but who knew she would be just as wonderful and engaging in audio!? With her southern twang and reading pace, she sets the stage and captures the essence of this classic novel.
Harper Lee weaves a tale of a controversial topic, as seen through the eyes of a child. The adventures and troubles the children get into have a beautiful innocence about them, an innocence which unfortunately has been lost in recent decades.
Listening to this book left me spellbound! I was transported to this little town in the south, where nothing changes. Folks were feeling the effects of the depression and trying to get by. It was a time when all men were created equal, but not treated as such. I feared the tragic parts of this book would blind me to the uplifting moments...but I had no need to fear. Some books, such as this one, fill your heart up and each time you think of them the rest of your life, you will be filled with joy again.
This book is so enchanting, I want to listen to it all over again now! While listening to the book, I pictured in my mind and heard Gregory Peck as Attichus - Gregory Peck definitely captured this character perfectly. Cannot wait to see the movie again!
While listening to this book, it made me appreciate the real "classics" of literature. This is a must listen (or read) for everyone! So go on, download it now!!
I have read all 13 books of this series currently available on audible, and can't wait for more! Nicola Barber is one of my favorite narrators. I haven't listened to anything she's read that I haven't enjoyed thoroughly. A very talented narrator.
Molly Murphy is your stereotypical red-headed Irish lass, with a temper ready to flare and a stubborn streak that most certainly will land her in hot water...many times. The first book in particular opened my eyes to the terrifying journey and trials facing Irish immigrants in the early 1900s. This is only one example of how Rhys Bowen weaved actual history into these books of fiction.
It took me 3 times to actually read Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series, so I wasn't sure about this one. So glad I did though, it's a well-written series for sure.
Each book I listen to in this series, makes me love the series more. I love that Candace has become more involved in the series, as I really like her character a lot. It was a smart move on the author's part to bring her to the foreground, as it changed the normal pattern and opened up many more possibilities.
This book is packed with tense moments, and twists that I didn't expect.
As I mentioned in my review of the first book, the narrator could be better. However, she is not annoying or impossible to listen to...but the lack of voices and execution takes away from the dialog. The author didn't do us any favors when she decided to repeat the same descriptive phrases or sayings over and over...but I can ignore them. Just gives me a few more opportunities to practice my eye rolls each day.
That being said, I do like the series. Each book presents new challenges, new mysteries, and new characters. I recommend it if you are looking for an easy-to-read mystery series.
Although the first book in the series didn't grab 100% of my attention, it was interesting enough for me to listen to the second book. I'm now listening to the 7th in the series and enjoying the series very much.
No need to believe in psychics to enjoy these books. You do have to be willing to tolerate the idea, but what I really appreciate are the twists and turns to each new mystery and book.
I tend to enjoy series' more than novels because I love to get to know characters and stick with them. They become "friends" in a way, and it's comfortable listening to their adventures. I do like the characters a lot in these books. However, the author insists on repeating various phrases over and over again like, "I gave him the full grill" or "Beaming him the full grill" or "Hello Baby, he said in his best Humphrey Bogart" ...I'm sure you get the idea.
Also, the narrator isn't the best. I've listened to hundreds of books and while she is not annoying, she lacks in delivery and voices. The men sound like the women, usually no variance between each voice even during a conversation, the descriptive part of the sentence will run together with the actual dialog. For example, "There's no way she said in surprise!" vs. "There's no way! she said in surprise." Taking things a step further, when a dramatic delivery is given, the description the book gives will not match the narrators voice. A mumble will sound like a statement. A dry, sarcastic remark will sound optimistic or happy, and so you lose the feeling, tone and humorous parts of the book.
That being said, I will reiterate that this narrator is not annoying...just lacking compared to other Audible readers. I do recommend this series to those of you who love easy-to-read mysteries.
This book reminds me of Maeve Binchy's previous book Minding Frankie. As with Minding Frankie, the book tells many stories of many people. I honestly lost track of who was who, what their story was and by the end of the book I had no idea who was connected to whom, how, and what the point of the whole book was except for compiling a myriad of short stories into one.
A week after I had finished this book, a friend mentioned this book to me and I didn't remember that I had just read it. I thought maybe I had read the excerpt but not the whole book! I checked my audible app and sure enough I had listened to the whole thing!
So now I'm wondering....What was the plot? Was there one? Did I go into a deep coma and miss the whole book? Did each story of betrayal become one story on repeat and my brain shut-off? The only feeling this book left me with was a feeling that anyone I love will inevitably cheat, betray and leave me...because that's what happens to each of the main characters in this book.
I've read many of Maeve's books, and each book seems to have this similar tale of love, betrayal, healing and forgiveness. Unfortunately, I think this was a poorly constructed book and I'm sorry this is probably the last book that will be published by Maeve Binchy.
I cannot recommend this book, but if you are a Maeve Binchy fan you may as well listen to it. Maybe you'll have more patience or understanding and can explain it to me.
I loved and cherished every moment of this book. James McDonough narrated it and it was such a joy listening to him. He is like an old friend as he narrated the Mitford series by Jan Karon.
Dorothy Gilman wrote the Mrs. Pollifax series which I also loved and adored. What a gift she has for transporting me to another place and time, to help me experience the story as if I were surrounded by it...I cannot wait to read more of her books, so I do not remain depressed since this book ended too quickly.
Thales Folly was a joy, and I have bought the paperback book so I can share it with everyone. This book demonstrates the beauty of a simple, innocent life far away from the bustle of "reality" and worldly greed. The life these lovely people built, living off the land, and being in touch with nature, and their inherent knowledge that each person comes into your life on purpose, to help you fulfill your purpose and theirs, nothing happens accidentally, and your future cannot be what it will, without your past...all simple lessons, and ones we should be reminded of often.
The first chapter catches your attention because Phryne identifies a robber within seconds of the theft.
I had trouble getting used to the writing style and narration as both are very clipped due to short sentences. But I got over that halfway thru the book.
She's very clever. The book moves at a decent speed so you don't get bored. A nice, easy, interesting read.
I visited Bulgaria last summer and actually stayed in the Rila Hotel! I went to Tarnovo (now Veliko Tarnovo) and saw the fortress where Mrs. Pollifax encounters more trouble. I also went to Gabrovo, and the ruins of Pliska, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the cript of icons below, and well...I saw almost the whole country and most of the places mentioned in the book. The author is pretty accurate in her descriptions, except for minor details such as the elevator doors at the Rila Hotel do not slide shut. It is a door that you close and you can see the wall sliding in front of you as you go up or down. Communism thoroughly devastated the country and they are still trying to recover. More than once I saw a donkey & cart on the road; fields of roses and sunflowers being tended by hand, just like a painting from the 1800 or 1900s. The setting for this book may be in the 1960s, but going to Bulgaria today is like traveling back in time to the early part of the 1900s. That being said, the countryside and mountains have a raw beauty...not touched by man. An unforgettable trip that I was pleased to relive while reading this book.
I so enjoy the world Jacqueline Winspear has created for Maisie Dobbs. Without fail, she always draws me into Maisie's life as if it were my own. Every book teaches me something new about the life and times of the woman detective. This newest addition to the series delves into the lives of those who traveled from the Far East to England. Usually brought as nanny's to tend the children of wealthy Englishman. In order to solve the murder of one of these women, Maisie must learn about the cultures and customs of India...and also decide if she would like to visit them in their country. For Maisie is still conflicted about her purpose, and whether she wants to marry James.
As always, Orlagh Cassidy is a fantastic narrator! So glad she has narrated the entire series. The consistency and her talent definitely contribute to the experience.
I will be meeting Jacqueline Winspear next week at a book event! Can't wait!
I love Laurie R. King and the wonderful stories she weaves. I actually got to MEET Laurie R. King a couple weeks ago at a bookstore event. She told many stories, including how she was inspired to set this stage of their story in west Africa. She actually was vacationing in Spain or thereabouts with her family, and they took a short trip to Fez (or one of the neighboring cities mentioned in the book, I can't remember which one now). She happily discovered a wonderful backdrop for the continuing saga of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. She also was pleased to discover that there had actually been a civil war in the area at the same time the book was to take place!
Laurie is such an educated, scholarly, and funny woman...just as I have always imagined Mary Russell to be....they are both tall, have degrees in religion and philosphy, are married to much older men, and are always up for the next adventure. I love knowing that the characters in a book are based on real people...but then that's why her books have been so successful, I think. "Write what you know" they always say....and she did, does, and hopefully will for many years to come.
Side Note: If it's been awhile since you finished the last book, The Pirate King, I would recommend re-reading the end of the book. Garment of Shadows starts exactly where Pirate King left off. I made the mistake of not refreshing my memory on the end of the previous book and I was so confused for the first several pages until I remembered what had happened. Enjoy!
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