I did not have high expectations when I ordered this book, but i was seriously mistaken. This may be the one of the best stories I have read in years, and it is wonderfully narrated.
It is not often that passages can move me to tears or fury, but McCunn pulls you in. She paints a wonderful canvas of time, place and person.
This is truly a masterful piece of writing. Enjoy it as I did.
Here we have a love story where everyone who is under the age of 20 has cancer and is dying. A bit grim, with the full petulance associated with being a teen.
I found the writing excellent as well as the performance, but the topic was so grim that it overshadows everything else.
I will look for other works by John Green as he seems to be an excellent writer, and perhaps another subject will be more enjoyable
I was not sure what to expect when I started this work. This has turned out to be a well read educational experience. Historical fiction, but fiction only in the sense that elements are moved about to make a telling story.
A well researched historical telling of the rise of abolitionism, and two southern women who championed it, and became the leaders of the cause for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.
An excellent book, with references that I am eager to pursue. Sue Monk Kidd is to be congratulated on a wonderful body of work and a tale I won't soon forget.
at first I was not sure that I wanted to listen to a novel based primarily on cross dressing and the gay life. I am sure glad I didn't give in to that initial attitude. riviting, inciteful and real. My only regret is that it was not written 20 years earlier.
an interplay between an adolescent girl, and her family at the turn of the 20th century.
Story left me cold, and story never went anywhere.
Well written, however.
I am not much of a love story kind of guy,and at the beginning I almost quit, but this is a lovely little yarn, engaging without being too intense. A good listen.
Told from the point of view of Hemingway's first wife, this is an interesting embellishment on what we already know about Hemingway. Certainly the dialog is fictional, but it seems real and beleivable. Well read and very real.
I guess when I bought this, I did not realize that it was non fiction.
Shortly after begining, I noticed odd parallels with Out of Africa, which set me to some research. I was stunned to learn the relationship between these two amazing women.
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in womens studies or the early colonialization of Africa.
The story is so amazing in parts as to be nearly unbeleivable, in context of our current times. But this is not about our current time, it is about a time long gone when the world was in transition.
A superior story. The performace is good, if a little jerky in spots. However the performance is realistic, and you do hear the story from the voice of an aged woman, which lends credence to the tale.
I highly recommend this book.
This is an interesting little flight of fancy, that is rather too long for the concept. A charming love story when it finally gets around to it, but I found the constant repitition of elaborate fantastic magical constructions to become tedious. The story itself takes a long backseat to the discussion of the fantastical illusions. Better to have trimmed them and gotten on with the show, so to say.
I found the story line in this novel to be compelling and realistic from my understanding of the period involved. The performance was excellent and the characters for the most part believable.
It begins and ends at the same spot, and the difference in your own emotions at these two points is dramatic.
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