This book had well developed characters and the numerous twists kept your attention. The different narrators was a pleasant surprise.
Would have given it 5 stars - if not for the ending.
The story is a simple one - or is it? There is more than one mystery to solve.
Life lived at a gentle pace by caring souls. Takes me back to Africa and away from N. American striving and selfishness.
Hated for it to end.
While I found the details of the heroine's alcoholism disturbing at times, the story is gripping and keeps your attention til the end.
What did she forget?what really happened?and the fog of paranoia and betrayal....
While the telling is a little dated, and not everything translates, Mark Twain never ceases to entertain with amusing vignettes of ordinary people and things they do.
As he describes each new stop - I found myself wishing I could have traveled the world back then, when things were newer and less "developed".
Loved this book. Narrators were amazing. Could listen to both for days. A simple concept: an elderly woman with a secret, a young woman facing her own challenges and a 5 day road trip.
The story that unfolds is amazing and will grab your heart.
Wow! What a book.
Can't remember the last time I was so surprised by an ending that it had me noodling the story for days.
Jodi Picoult - Well Done.
Love a mystery where you can learn something new in the process.
The intrigue of a 300 year old Jacobin "plot" involves learning the ins and outs of the practice of Genelogy as well as a lessor known (for me anyway) piece of history - the reigns of Queen Anne and Queen Mary of Britain.
Good story that keeps you guessing right up to the end.
Dry reading. A lot of facts and names.
Just bought Blood Feud - about the Clintons and the Obamas -hear it is more lively read.
Great book and found myself unable to pull myself away.
From Texas in the 30's to the last days of the war in Germany, to living the American dream of post WWII - all are the setting for danger and good vs evil dialogue.
The introspective approach to following the main characters as they deal with internal lusts & wants,and keeping true to oneself in the midst of ruin & danger makes this a captivating read.
This book improves on the last (although the threads to the last book are tenuous enough that you could start with this one)
It takes one of the characters a couple of years forward into 1964 Mississippi on the Freedom train.
The main character ventures beyond her safe confined world and learns to deal with the changes inside and outside her home.
This interspersed with "newsreel" type vignettes makes for a great listen.
What an unusual book.
1) The awkwardness of a young teenager growing up in the 60's,
2) The docu-drama pieces of what it was like to live through the Cuba missile scare, and
3) The hint of the civil rights movement that was about to surface
Characters are engaging and loved the narrator - her voice made the book a delight to listen to.
Highly recommend the book.
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