©2001 Terry McMillan; (P)2001 Penguin Audiobooks
Instead of having one person tell the whole story, Terry McMillan allows all of the major characters to tell the story. The mother begins telling the story. She then describes her (family) husband, children, and grandchildren in a way that only a mother, wife, and grandmother can. It was downright hilarious. To my surprise,however, the husband and children tell their opinions on the family and themselves. When you see how the family sees a person as opposed to how the person sees themselves you begin to think about some of the attitudes you have towards members of your own family. The beginning of the book will have you cracking up and by the end you will be in tears.
Good book in line with Mcmillan's usual style. Enjoyed the characters and their various paths, but found the narration odd at times - it seemed like there was a different woman narrating at the beginning, but she dropped off partway through?
Enjoying every listen.
Good story line, lots of characters, narrating is excellent.
Her last book, Who Asked You Anyway, it was another book that surrounds family.
Family reading each others letters. Touching.
Paris, the dinner conversation be so interesting; & she would know her way around the menu.
Yes I laughed and cried like a baby. Made me feel. WOW!!!!
The good bad and best.
Keep writing lady!!!
The narrators were phenomenal, there were many characters and the narrators helped me keep them straight.
The letters written to each of Viola's children read at Thanksgiving.
I loved this book and could not stop listening.
I read a few reviews about voice styles and was a little concerned about trying an audible book. I read a few of the early chapters in the book and wasn't disappointed with the audible version.
It's a good down-to-earth and in some cases real-life read.
I wasn't sure which voice was hers.
My husband and I listened to the book while driving to a vacation spot and we laughed through most parts of it. Overall I thought the characters were quite realistic.
I like the fact that they used different narrators for the male and female voices. It makes you connect more with the characters.
At the end when they were reading the letters that their mother left them. It was as if she knew that she was going to be leaving them soon and she needed to make sure she let them know how much she loved them and wanted them to have a better life after she was gone. Also the fact she was helping them remember that they are connected and joined as a family and they needed to up lift one another and get back to being sisters and brother joined together.
Oh yes you do want to listen to it all at one time. This story held my attention through out.
I actually have this book. So I read along as I listened. Very well written and the narraters did an excellent job making the words come to life.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
This book brought me to a whole new perspective on how I relate with (or don't relate with) members of my family, especially those who don't quite fit our mold of "acceptable." I'm becoming much more keen on making each person in our family "included." I also laughed alot and had a great time listening to this.
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