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I don't even know where to begin.
A clichéd story. The lead character was just annoying. I found her a self-absorbed whiner.
The narrating was awful.
Ms Quigley should seek a new profession.
Too many to choose.
Story and narration equally share the blame for such a boring audible. The narrator's exaggerated fake southern accent was almost laughable. Main character was portrayed as a spineless, lazy, uninteresting, why get out of bed at all, female. Her segments made you want to hit fast forward. The husband Jack's character was a step up. Sub-stories were mere book fillers that went nowhere. This whole predictable story could have taken ten minutes. In a nut shell - couple split up, blah blah blah, wife picks up a paint brush, blah blah blah, she starts to paint again, blah blah blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, couple reunites - the end, thank goodness! Don't waste your time or hard earned bucks on this one. Kristen Hannah has written some wonderfully good reads, "Winter Garden", "Things We Do For Love", "Night Road", "Magic Hour", just to name a few. I honestly don't know where this one came from.
First Time User
The narrator ruined the audible. It was still a good book.
Different narrator. She butchered the word ruined. She kept pronouncing it as runed. The entire performance was completed as if she was out of breath. Anyone who had some character to them was performed as if they were a brat with a valley accent. The narrator also butchered Elizabeth's sometimes southern accent. This performance was like a nail on a chalkboard. I will never listen to an audible with this narrator again.
Bernadette Quigley could not decide if she was a southern belle or an austrialian lassie. Her reading was quick and abrupt. One sentence did not flow into the next. Her inflections were in the wrong area.
NO! Needed to take a break from Bernadette Quigley
I always like audible books better than reading a print version. I'm a multi-tasker and can't sit still long enough to read a print version.
The ending. I don't want to spoil the end for those that haven't listened to the book or read it, so I will just say that the ending is refreshing, loving and encouraging.
I am also and artist, so I was able to relate to the main character and her struggles in losing herself and fighting to find her passion again.
Wonderful! Loved the way she performed each character, especially the daughters.
You will enjoy this book whether you listen to it or read the print version. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and I have never been disappointed in any of her books
The narrator talks as if every part of the story is urgent and as if this speed provides drama and character embodiment. It makes it very hard to enjoy the story. I would never get an audiobook w/ this narrator again. I've enjoyed every Kristin Hannah audiobook until this one.
I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved how it showed that you can rediscover who you are deep inside and invigorate your life without giving up your marriage or family. Elizabeth made mistakes in letting her family take over who she was and lost herself in the process, but she was able to reawaken herself without giving up her husband and daughters. My only real difficulty with this book was that Jack and Birdie didn't exactly have a "normal" family life, and while I'm sure many couples go through similar struggles, Jack's job and fame presented a lot of issues that other families wouldn't have to deal with. Plus, I'm really not a sports fan at all, and I found a lot of the aspects of his work to be pretty pretentious. Otherwise, I thought that the book was a very realistic presentation of what can happen to a couple once their children have left home and they realise that they've forgotten why they got married in the first place. I didn't find this at all depressing, as one might expect, since I'm getting married in five months. It didn't make me scared for what might come in twenty years time. Instead, it encouraged me to pursue my hobbies and talents and not let them get pushed aside. I wouldn't ever want to end up like Birdie, married for twenty-four years yet having no idea of who she is. I could see from Jack and Birdie's experiences that it's important to have a balance in marriage and in supporting each other's dreams. A very thought-provoking book. This was my first Kristin Hannah novel and I imagine that it'll stay with me for a while. I'll be reading more from her.
On the narration: The narrator managed to give each character distinct voices without being over-the-top , and I'm not sure how they managed it, but at certain parts of the recording the audio company used affects to make it sound like someone was talking down a telephone line or shouting from a different room. It definitely brought the characters of this novel to life. Highly recommended
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