This is a wonderful story, at any age, and with Humphrey Bower narrating, it was sheer pleasure to listen to...
I love Tania Rodrigues as a narrator! She is incredible with all the accents.... she really makes the story come alive...
I really like Mike Dooley's message, his energy, his ability to inspire, but I AM SO DISAPPOINTED in this recording. It's a live recording, which can be tinny sounding anyway, and then he has a cold and he tries to stop all of his sneezing, which is a weird sound; gasping for breathe, or something. I can't bring myself to listen to after the first time through, which I feel is a total waste of money.
It's a slice of history that I had never read about, and the characters are very well developed. The story flowed nicely, with enough mystery to keep you interested, but not to the point of tormenting, as some stories do. Also, there a nice balance between tragedy, and the "happily-ever-after" fairy tale that we all wish for deep down inside, but needs to be served up with a bit of real life disappointments so we can believe it's possible. So we can swallow the whole thing. This author did a fine job of balance, so in the end, you are filled with satisfaction, and a sense of "all's well".
The narrator did a great job. Her accents are great, her delivery excellent. I would seek out other stories read by her.
I admit; I was sucked in by all the ranting and raving of Oprah promoting the book, and I'm a dog lover, so I gave the book a try. It's a decent attempt at a first novel, but I feel the book needed a couple more rewrites to give it better flow, and have true meaning. A story needs to take on some depth, and leave us with something rich in the end, whether to be joyful or tragic. Just when I thought the story was finally developing into something I could sink my teeth into, (i.e. the father's visit as the rain, or Edgar's time with Henry) it would shift, and go back to dragged-out scenes. The story ended with pointless acts of violence, and by the time I got there, I couldn't even feel sad. I was left feeling flat, and a bit disappointed. It was almost a good story.
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