“I Remember, I Remember" "Boo, hoo! Ow, ow; Oh! oh! Me'll die. Boo, hoo. The pain, the pain! Boo, hoo!" "Come, come, now. Daddy's little mate isn't going to turn Turk like that, is she? I'll put some fat out of the dinner-bag on it, and tie it up in my hanky. Don't cry any more now. Hush, you must not cry! You'll make old Dart buck if you kick up a row like that."
That is my first recollection of life. I was barely three. I can remember the majestic gum-trees surrounding us, the sun glinting on their straight white trunks, and falling on the gurgling fern-banked stream, which disappeared beneath a steep scrubby hill on our left.
It was an hour past noon on a long clear summer day. We were on a distant part of the run, where my father had come to deposit salt. He had left home early in the dewy morning, carrying me in front of him on a little brown pillow which my mother had made for the purpose. We had put the lumps of rock-salt in the troughs on the other side of the creek. The stringy bark roof of the salt-shed which protected the troughs from rain peeped out picturesquely from the musk and peppercorn shrubs by which it was densely surrounded, and was visible from where we lunched.
The green-hide bags in which the salt had been carried were hanging on the hooks of the pack-saddle which encumbered the bay pack-horse. Father's saddle and the brown pillow were on Dart, the big grey horse on which he generally carried me, and we were on the point of making tracks for home. Miles Franklin began the candid, passionate, and contrary My Brilliant Career when she was only 16, intending for it to be the Australian answer to Jane Eyre. This thinly veiled autobiographical tale of a young girl hungering for life and love in the outback was so beyond its years when first released in 1901 that Franklin insisted it not be published again until 10 years after her death. My Brilliant Career is a coming of age story for all of the ages.
What disappointed you about My Brilliant Career?
Sounds like the narrator is reading a thesis..
What could Miles Franklin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Again the narrator.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carrie Bickmore?
The narrator of Bryce Courtney novels or Tim Wintons narrator..
Any additional comments?
I didn't bother trying to listen to anymore after chapter four.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
I was looking forward to listening to this book until Carrie Bickmore started her narration... then I couldn't get past the annoyance of listening to her. So, that was that for the book. I will probably have to read it for myself to do it justice.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I was looking forward to this book, but unfortunately I couldn't stand the newsreader style narration. After a short time I found I just could not keep listening.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I found it really hard to listen to this so gave up after 4 chapters. Carrie Bickmore as it turns out is a news reader and you can tell listening to the book. That same inflection and tone of the newsreader doesn't translate well to story telling...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I am writing a review before finishing the book because I don't think I will be able to get through it. All the other reviews are correct, the narrator reads the story like it is the news which really doesn't work for a period drama. There is no empathy or emotion, she could be reading out the stock report and it would sound the same. Did they not do auditions for the job?
The plus side is that I now really appreciate how good all the narrators have been in other audiobooks. It is obviously a skill and I have been very lucky to date.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I wanted to enjoy My Brilliant Career. I realise that it is a classic. The descriptions of that time were intriguing. But I had to deal with the protagonist and a bunch on unlikeable characters.
And then I had to deal with Carrie Bickmore.
My wife dislikes her intensely. I've never been fussed either way. But after listening to this book, I tend to agree with her. She reads almost the entire story like it was a news story. She almost nearly tried to do accents, with no luck. I had to force myself to listen to the whole book, just so that I could say that I've read My Brilliant Career.
Ah well, I've read it now.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
The performance of the narrator was disappointing. So many mispronunciations of fairly common words and a newsreader tone. An enjoyable story that could have been brought to life with a different narrator.
I can't listen anymore to the way the reader's voice (tone?) raises and lowers constantly. It is ruining the voice of author.
The view of a teenage girl and the life then, and written back then in the 1890s. Will she, won't she marry gets boring.
I suffered to the end of this book, it is ages since I disliked a narrator as much ....her intonations were always inappropriate to the story, & thus irritating . It has been a long time since I read the story & my memory of it is now tarnished by the experience.
I got this book with great anticipation but was never able to make it past the first 5mins of listening. I love Carrie Bickmore but unfortunately at reading a book it just doesn't work. She reads it like a newsreader and it's terrible to listen to when you're wanting to listen to a story and lose yourself in it.