When Johnny dies, leaving Katie pregnant, Francie, smart, pensive and hoping for something better, cannot believe that life can carry on as before. But with her own determination, and that of her mother behind her, Francie is able to move toward the future of her dreams, completing her education and heading off to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.
©1947 Betty Smith; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"There's a reason this tale remains beloved after almost 50 years, and it stands with memoirs like Angela's Ashes for its happy-ending triumph over a bad childhood." (AudioFile)
"A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and a true one. It cuts right to the heart of life." (The New York Times)
I know this book well as it was on my highschool reading list. I could have done without the 13 min long introduction though. I know it may be a special part to some people but it almost made me want to delete the book. (They should really re-think reading this!) This alone brought the rating down for me or it would have definately been 4 - 5 stars.
I love this story. I have read it 5+ times.
I don't think this reader was able to portray the life a feelings that the first reader had done. I first heard this book back in 97 and she was able to show you a image when there was none to be seen. This reader spends 11mins telling her story, and tells it with life in every word, but not when she reads and tells this story
I liked reading about how the way life was in Brooklyn during this time period, but the story itself is boring. I probably would have quit listening to it halfway through, but my book club was reading it, so I finished it. The narrator was very good and helped out the story as best she could with her fantastic accents.
I doubt it.
Yeah, she did a good job.
It is probably terribly culturally important, etc., etc., but it remains a chick flick book.
I'm not really sure how this book received such high ratings. It starts of slow going and continues slow throughout. I expected it to pick up speed and any time, but it just didn't.
I read this book at the urging of a friend and was willing to indulge the somewhat maudlin telling of an unlikely story for the chance to hear a version of what life might have been like in Brooklyn in the early 1900's, a chance to learn more about what my grandparents might have experienced themselves. Unfortuneately my bright but cynical son listened to about 15 minutes of it with me and was all too good at pointing out how soppy it was and he ruined it for me. From that point forward I couldn't help finding the book a somewhat preposterous fairytale instead of a realistic portrait of the past. These people were too good; fate was too predictable and well, you get the picture...
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