As influenza spreads and the death toll grows, Troop's spiteful behaviors worsen. Tormenting his wife, taunting her for her "low birth," Troop terrorizes the household. When Mary fights back, he goes over the edge. Maureen rallies with a stunning confrontation and, ultimately, finds spiritual renewal.
©2004 Kaye Gibbons; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Gorgeously moody and piquant fairy tale." (Booklist)
"Gibbons's tale is atmospheric and unsettling, narrated in hushed Victorian tones and ornamented with period flourishes." (Publishers Weekly)
I found this book tough to listen to. The author does the reading, but I found her delivery stiff, unnatural and forced. She has a Southern accent, which I generally enjoy listening to, but I found hers to be more of a whine. The story is OK, not great. It drags a bit, but the narration drags it down even more. If the quality of the narration matters a lot to you, pass on this one.
I really don't know where to start...the story was awful...there was nothing there to grab on to and enjoy..it actually was a bit confusing, worsened by the flat narration. I don't think I have ever heard such horrible narration. I gave this story an obligatory 45 minutes due to the fact that I did pay for it, but was relieved when my time was up. I wish I could get my money back....
KG has such a soothing voice. I could listen to her read anything. I enjoy everything she has written, but this was a particular favorite. The quirky characters were delightful! Keep them coming, Ms. Gibbons
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