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"...[an] impressive first novel.... her startlingly apt language relates a story that is both intelligent and gripping." (The New York Times Book Review)
I was caught up in the rhythm and language of this book from the first paragraph...In its original form. Too much is lost in the edited version. Oprah has a very rich voice, but I think the maturity and depth is wrong for this book. I hope Audible will post a different version when/if one is available.
This book has more adjectives then a democratic convention. Fluff that takes it's time getting to the point. I found the story interesting but was VERY disappointed that 1) it is the abridged version 2) it isn't true. (my fault for not checking) Top that off with Oprah's reading. I've nothing against Oprah but there is a time and a place for everything. It's hard to get the feeling that a teenaged blond white girl is telling the story who has a voice and accent like Oprah's. Everyone in the story had a "unique" accent that didn't fit (or even come close to) the background they were supposed to be from. This is just a bad match.
This was my first listen at Audible, and I loved it! True enough, I do wish it was unabridged, it did leave out a bit, but I loved the drama, and even the garden language, I definately enjoyed! I stayed up after my late three hour drive just to hear more...I would rate a must listen!
I read this book some years ago when it first came out, then read it again. It is poetically written and a complex and interesting storey about a daughter's relationship with her insane and controlling mother. I feel I know these characters. I was born in LA and lived West Hollywood until I was twelve...the author is right on target. Oprah's reading of this book is absolutely the best. Her beautiful voice and the way she rounds out the words make this experience like a 6 hour poetry reading. I have hundreds of audible books in my library and this is now in my top 3 favs. Rum Diarys read by Campbell Scott and Raveling read by Eric Stoltz are the other two.
I bought the paper back book and read about a 1/4 of it- today I had to make a very long drive so I decided to download the audiobook and finish it that way. well this was not the same as the novel I bought. this is edited and numerous chapters and characters left out. I think it may be the screenplay version not the real, good, version. I wish that would have been included in the information section because then I wouldn't have wasted my money. I listened to it anyway because I didn't have anything else prepared. very disappointing. I would suggest to everyone to buy the book rather than listen to this dulled down version
The story was fabulous but Oprah reading it added so much to it for me, sometimes I didn't even recognize her voice, I loved it so much. Great, great read.
Her own take on the characters, bringing them to life. It was truely fabulous
I'll come back to this one. It wouldn't be so much any of the characters but Oprah and then to talk about the book and the parts we liked/disliked etc.
I have yet to have a bad read from any of the audible books regardless of author or reader.
The book, yes, this version, no. I felt there was a lot that was missed by having it abriged.
Oprah's narrative was wonderful. I couldn't press the stop button on my mp3. The story carried you along and kept me captivated. Highly recommended.
I have listned to the book twice... just to enjoy the richness of Oprah's voice and also because the characters in the book grips your heart.
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