©1989 Janette Oke; (P)1989 Recorded Books, LLC
At first I found the narrator's 5-pack-a-day voice irritating. However, Soon I was so entranced by the story of Marty and Clark and their lives on the prairie that I forgot my initial annoyance with the narrator.
This is a wonderful book full of great values and with endearing characters. While it *is* an Inspirational book, Oke's writing lacks the 'heavy-handed' preaching of some Christian Inspirational fiction. As someone who reads a wide variety of literature I found "Love Comes Softly" to be quite restful and entertaining without being bombastic in 'spreading the word.'
Two things about this book grated. I found it completely unbelievable that as a woman of her era Marty would not know how to bake anything but pancakes... Um... She'd been married how long before she meets Clark? What exactly did this girl expect to cook for her husband when they were married?I *know* there were published cookbooks at the time. Second. I would've liked more background on Marty and her family. She doesn't send any letters, or communicate with them at all. It seemed a bit simplistic. A bit more backstory would've added depth to her character.
Overall, an excellent book, sure to delight those longing for a good read in the vein of Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prairie.
I love this book and have a hard copy, but like to listen to them on my commute and during my workouts. It is a wonderfully sweet story. I love Janette Oke. However, I have to say that I believe the narrator was a mistake. She has a somewhat grating voice and she sounds very old, while the character in the story is a young woman. Very disconcering. I think this one is better read than listened to.
I really enjoyed this book, but I did not like the narrator's voice. She must have been very close to the microphone when she read, because her constant swallowing, deep breaths and rustling around were very distracting. I noticed that she's read for a lot of other books and on most of those her voice sounded much younger and more pleasant. She also doesn't change her voice at all for the various characters ~ she just pretty much reads it straight through. So, I highly recommend this heartwarming book, but I would definitely try to find another narrator.
Yes. I already have.
I have not.
I am disappointed only the first three books in the series of ten are available on Audible.
My first time to read Janet Oke, and I'm hooked. The narrator was wonderful, and I was sorry when I got to the end. Have already ordered more from this author.
I so wish all eight books in this series were on Audible. Only the first three are, so the rest I'll have to buy and read the hard copies. Bummer!!
This book is a good listen. The historical events combined with the Christian theme made for an enjoyable listen. The narrator made me feel like I could relate and empathize with the characters. It is pleasantly refreshing to listen to a book with characters who are morally upstanding. What a sweet story without being sappy.
I love these stories and know this one almost by heart so I found it unpleasant for the reader to be changing the wording and paraphasing, adding to and leaving out etc. Also the reader has a very pleasant voice when she just reads but when she tries to alter her voice for the character it doesn't work. For example she has the 19 year old main character sounding like a feeble old lady. It would be so much better if she just read it in her own pleasant voice and read it word for word. It is supposed to be unabridged after all.
I enjoyed all three audiobooks in this series (Love Comes Softly, Love's Enduring Promise and Love's Long Journey) and hope the same narrator will continue in this series. I found her voice quite easy to listen to and especially appreciated her differnt voices for different characters.
The best way I can describe this book (and the whole series for that matter) would be the feminine and Christian equivalent of many Louis L'Amour novels. With vivid descriptions of life on the frontier - I came away with a deep appreciation for women's contribution to frontier life survival and for the value of faith in each character's lives.
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