Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families.
Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been - not just for themselves but for their children, and children's children.
With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans, and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.
©2010 Leila Meacham; (P)2010 Random House
Gosh, where to begin. First, due to all the hype, I was expecting a sweeping saga - (think a Southern "Thorn Birds"). Not even close. Instead this read like a third rate Harlequin novel, complete with heaving bosoms and dreadful dialog. The black characters were stereotyped card board cut outs - "Lawdy, Miss Maary - I sees dem folks a coming..." and, well, you get the picture. But the real stinker was the narration. At times her "Southern" accent was more Hillbilly twang; with all the great narrators out there, SOMEBODY could do a better job with this book. And to think this cost 2 credits! Not even worth one.
ENJOYED LISTENING DIDNOT WANT IT END NARRATOR WAS CLEAR AND MADE IT VERY ENJOYABLE RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY
At first, I thought this was just going to be a take-off from Gone With the Wind. But it turned out to be a good story. Good narration.
This book is awful. Maybe Coleen Marlo is a good narrator and she got an awful product to narrate, but her southern drawl of men and the women, is grating...but then so is the dialogue. Unless you want a predictable droning story of Texas cotton and rich folk, avoid this book. This is one I'll delete from my iPod without finishing.
Over the top fairy tale lovers. I made it through about 10 chapters -- all spent describing the virtues, mostly beauty, of the heroine. Enough!! If unrealistic and flawless characters are your thing, this is the book for you.
The Wasp Factory
All scenes are the same -- describing MAry Tolliver's superiority to everyone else.
The story may have held my interest better if it had been about half of the length.
I do prefer non-fiction, However, "Gone With The Wind" is an all time favorite. This book simply fell way short of expectations.
I don't care for a female reader attempting a male voice, or male attempting a female voice. Just forget about the attempts at accents and gender.
I was very disappointed in both the slow moving story line and the audio reading of this book.
I had such a hard time getting past the terrible "Texas" accent that I couldn't enjoy the story of the book. Also, the sound was low and difficult to hear even though I had my device at full volume.
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