I really did enjoy this book. I bought it on the Daily Deal, having never heard of Jill or her Sweet Potato Queens before. Clearly, I have led a very deprived life on my remote NM ranch with no TV!
I must admit that it was the review of an atheist complaining about Jill's references to God which piqued my interest, my being a Christian and all, and then I saw the teaser about a gator hunt. God AND gator hunting? I clearly had to get this book!
Jill is a very funny person, with a large vocabulary and a great style of writing. It was really fun to hear her southern twang throughout the book. I was pretty mollified when the first f-word rolled off her lips. There are not a lot of them in the book, but there are some of them. I myself like to know if there is profanity in a book, so that's why I mention it.
Jill's poignant story of her mom near the end of the book had me switching form laughing to crying, but they were good tears. Plus I appreciated her clear victorious message as well.
Her occasional profane words are the only reason I gave this book an overall 4 rating instead of a 5.
I've got to say that even though this is my least favorite Dickens so far, this is still a book well worth listening to!
Dickens wrote this book to call attention to the plight of orphans during his time. I'd like to point out that worldwide there are about 147 million orphans at this time and we can all use this book to inspire thought on how to help orphans throughout the world.
I think the visceral reaction to the things which orphans routinely suffered was the main reason I didn't like this book so much. It hit me very hard. However, I must also say, that it does have a Dickens happy ending and some poetic as well as real, justice.
Gerald Dickens does a really fabulous job of narrating this story and I enjoyed listening to him very much.
Clearly, I was ruined for this book after having watched "Oliver!" the musical as a child...and all I can say about the movie is, how can anyone read this book and then say, "Let's make a musical out of it!"
Still a great book, but I won't be renting the movie anytime soon.
I enjoy reading about WWII, and especially biographical works about this era. Since I live just about a hundred miles from where Mr. Nez grew up, I knew we'd have some things in common, even though I'm not of the Dine.
I really enjoyed hearing about his youth; as a stock-raising person, I was absolutely horrified by the livestock reduction he relates, and I sorrowed for him at boarding school. Many children must still leave home and go to boarding school currently as well.
His story struck me as honest and straightforward, though his lifelong clinging to his native religion and referring to Christianity as "white man's religion" saddened me deeply.
I was so involved emotionally in he and his characters, I was looking up he and some of his fellows on the internet before I had even finished listening to the book. That's when I realized he had just passed away.
I came away from this book with a great respect for Chester Nez and the other code talkers and understood much more about them as a result of reading this book. The book has also made me very curious about many other aspects which Nez didn't cover in his book, so maybe I will find some more books about this basic subject.
I thought this book was very well written and sounded as if it were Chester's own words. It gripped my attention all the way through.
I read this book as a kid (and loved it!) and tried this out just for fun.
This timeless classic glows with the excellent narration of Rowena Cooper. I loved her voice and performance.
What a great family safe story with fun and excitement.
I loved it all over again.
While this book simplifies the story of George Muller's life, it still packs a punch!
Muller's life is so very compelling! It can teach us many lessons on faith and really trusting God and praying in belief about everything which concerns us. This book contains true stories which are well told and really stay with me. These stories have caused me to begin praying and believing God for many more circumstances in my life.
This book is an invaluable book and led me to read Muller's own words in the longer book, "Answers to Prayers from George Muller's Narratives" (by George Muller) in print.
I only wish there were more Audible versions of bonks by and about, George Muller.
I enjoyed this book very much, though I didn't find it quite as emotionally compelling as "A Town Like Alice".
This was a very good story, and the thing I like about Shute is his ability to handle very difficult issues and topics with grace and emotion without sinking into darkness.
I came to really care about the main character as well as the other characters he is trying to help.
I enjoy Shute's books very much and so far, have felt very safe reading them and recommending them to others. He writes like the gentleman he seems to be.
This is probably a good choice for the Daily Deal since you get several stories. I did enjoy some stories far more than others.
But typically, I am not an avid enjoy-er of end of the world scenarios.
Some bad language and some unhappy subject material--how could apocalyptic stories be other wise?
Not for the too young.
I almost quit listening to this book at the beginning, but I persevered and I'm glad I did. Lots of laughs, a real romp as one reviewer described it. It wouldn't be Dickens without some pathos and many of the really serious or sad scenes are more asides loosely written into the story.
How he ever managed to hammer this tale together as a beginning author shows why he became a classic author.
I very much enjoyed this book and I will listen to it again!
I purchased this book as a Daily deal and I have now discovered a new novelist I love. Had never heard of Shute before, but this book was so very enjoyable. The characters and story gripped me and it flowed along so very well. Very poignant. I agree with a previous reviewer who describes this as a gentle book. Shute handles even difficult issues with a gentle finesse that I appreciate.
Robin Bailey was absolutely superb as the narrator!!! Marvelous voice and performance.
I highly recommend this book.
I have never listened to or read George Elliot before.
But I loved this book.
It made me go online andl look up several historical things I was curious about, but mostly, I loved the characters and the story.
It showed so clearly how those tragedies in our lives can also be the events which are the most beneficial to us down the road in life.
The best lesson, expressed so beautifully, is that God is more tender and kind than we, and if He allows tragedy, He will eventually bring wonderful good out of it.
Absolutely a lovely principle to reflect on at any time.
(It did start a bit slow, but hang in there!)
Report Inappropriate Content