I'll admit, I was a bit worried when I started this book. I was afraid that this story would not measure up to Kingsolver's other book, one of my favorites, "The Poisonwood Bible" and I did not, from the get go, like the narration.But somehow, before I knew it, I was mesmerized by the narration AND the story. Kingsolver not only delivers a beautiful and poignant story, but her literary finesse always captivates me! This is NOT a fast-actioned book or even a romance novel, so if you do not like long books that are subtle and slower-paced, this is NOT the book for you. However, if, like me, you enjoy books that get "inside" of you and leave you empty when you 'turn' the last page, then this is the book for you.
I am already a fan of the 'memoir' section and a huge fan of Alan Cumming's work on "The Good Wife"-so I was already optimistic when I began the book.
First off, the accent. I didn't know he was Scottish. Yes, puh-lease. It was beautiful. I anxiously awaited time in each day when I could stop what I was doing and listen to this amazing melody of words!
Secondly, this memoir was captivating. It had surprises and moments so emotional I was surprised at my deep reactions. That is, of course, the plus of having the author read his own words-he knows when to inflect in a certain way because he has lived through what he wrote.
This memoir, this moment in time in another's life, was so heartfelt and poignant that I was sad when the book ended-almost like I had to stop talking to a friend. I listened to this book well over a month ago and am still thinking of it. It is a "must read"!
I was sucked in to the world of "Divergent" from the very beginning. I will not deny that I enjoyed it thoroughly. However, I only gave the story an overall three stars because, in the end, there were several "teen fiction-esque" moments and story lines that reminded me that I was not listening to a book written for adults, but rather teenagers. The love story was a bit too campy and unrealistic for me (given, I know it's fiction!), but the overall idea of the book was, without a doubt, enthralling! I do wish more aspects of the story had been fleshed out and written about in greater detail, but, I cannot deny that the author did do a good job.
This memoir was a wonderful "read"! It captivated me from the very beginning and left me wanting more (I discovered it was a trilogy! Hip, hip, hooray!). I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who loves memoirs or is interested in social justice, the 1950s era, or nursing/midwifery.
I will agree with other reviewers that the narrator's voice was hard to hear. I had to keep the volume at the highest setting and even then sometimes her quiet whispering voice would say something softly and I would not be able to understand a word or phrase. Nonetheless, I rather enjoyed the narrator because she did seem to invoke this unassuming midwife down to a T!
This memoir was simply wonderful! The narration was terrific and the "story" was heart-wrenching, moving, and beautiful.
I consider this a "light" book-it was entertaining and enjoyable. It did take on some serious issues but did not engage in them long enough to create a world that fully ensnared me and kept me on the edge of my seat. Is it a book I would listen to again and again? No. However, if you are looking for an enjoyable read that will keep you entertained for the time being (like a long road trip), I would recommend this book!
I will reiterate what everyone else has already said:
Roy Dotrice's voice for specific characters and women in general (particularly Daenerys) was terrible. His narration really did differ in this book compared to the first three. I would still recommend READING this book, but I would suggest skipping the audible version. If you cannot read versus listen to the book I wouldn't go so far as to say that the audible book is completely ruined, but rather annoying when he narrates Daenerys as his voice completely changes how one envisions her! However, aside from the female voices, Dotrice's performance is solid.
Narrator: This is the second book I have listened to that is narrated by Jonathan Davis. Each time I listened to him read it took me a few chapters to learn to "like" him, for I automatically dislike his narration. HOWEVER, I always end up appreciating him and his voice after a few chapters. So if you automatically dislike him, it just takes some time to get used to his voice (or, at least, it did for me).
Story: This story is quite enjoyable in the beginning and, as time progresses, becomes quite enthralling. I assume that many of you enjoy books and, if you are looking at this book, you probably enjoy a wide variety of books that stand out from the masses (romance novels, mediocre fiction books about housewives, etc...). If so, you need to listen to this book!
I have read quite a few nonfiction Holocaust/Nazi Germany books and am usually leery of fictitious books concerning the Holocaust. However, this book was rather 'enjoyable'. It is, of course, a very heavy book and not a "fun" read, but it is enjoyable! It not only felt real (I constantly had to remind myself not to discuss what went on in this book so that I would not get it confused with reality), but it had me on the edge of my seat.
Typically Holocaust stories are about the Holocaust victims and most people shy away from the topic of what the Germans went through (guilty/not guilty/etc...). I thought that the author was able to bring about this topic beautifully and even mentioned several books that "Trudy" is reading and that I myself have read ("Hitler's Willing Executioners", etc...) and that are wonderful resources for anyone to read that wants to know more about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
I highly recommend this book!
I fully expected to enjoy this book up to the last moment (if not beyond that last moment). Unfortunately, I, like Nancy, felt this book was rather predictable and, overall, dull. While it did have its exciting moments and did allow me a wonderful glimpse in to a specific time in to American history, it all fell flat for me. The narrator was enjoyable, however, and I enjoyed his voice.
This is the only audio book I have ever not finished. I had about 2 hours left and I simply could not stand it anymore-so I deleted it and do not feel I missed out on much.
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