A moving "coming of age" story that made me laugh, cry, and wonder about life in South Africa.
Bower brings the characters to life with accents and voice changes, He is very animated and made listening feel like a stage performance.
I found the reader irritating and unconvincing. The story is pure fantasy and very hard to believe this could or would ever happen to a naive 21 year old college educated virgin! I would have preferred the author involve a little more reality so I could relate to the characters. If you “must read”, due to the media sensation, READ the book and create your own voice for the main female character.
I did not want this to end! I loved the multiple levels and time periods that constructed the puzzle of this complex story. There were various times I thought I knew what was coming and then surprised by the direction the author took the story. The characters were unique, and I found myself relating to each of them at various stages of my own life. I’d listen to The Distant Hours again!
I'm downloading Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden" to hear more descriptive story telling.
This story was beautifully woven through generations and created a triumphant surprise in the finale. I felt the powerlessness of the girl growing up with a naive view of slavery and the incredible strength of the slaves who loved her and protected her from the truth. I recommend this fabulous story.
The story had many surprises and kept me in my car longer than needed many times because I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator changed tones for every character, he was amazing, like watching a professional performance in the theater. I highly recommend this book.
I was entertained from the beginning. I felt the uncertainty of the maids and the danger their lives were in along with the absurdity of the young women “running” the town. Exceptional narration and delightful story!
Suni Malhotra brings this story into vivid view, has his voice age with the character, and made me feel the main character was conversing over a cup of tea. His dramatic expertise coupled with the gifted language and story by Abraham Verghese inspired me to listen a second time! I HIGHLY recommend this audio.
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