ShariAnna - Arizona
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Got hooked listening to sample
I listened to this book almost straight through. I love the female narrator. It is coming of age Y A fiction, but more than that it's a book about being who you are. While in this story it is teenagers being phony defensive and cruel, I run into the same thing at some workplaces and churches so I call it human behavior. The heroine of this story was a broken person who got better and used her past to make a better future, without being sappy or unbelievable. There were a lot of good life lesson reminders in this book which has excellent narration. I also learned a lot about face blindness.
This was a very good story. Once I purchased it I read or listened every chance I got. I usually prefer reading over listening if the story is good--it's faster. This book I MUCH preferred listening. The narrator brought the story alive and developed the characters with voice nuances and inflection I would have missed by reading...she was amazing. The book itself is rich with knowledge and understanding of human nature and it's spectrum from pure evil to immense caring. The "pure evil" was a little hard to read and hear--it was told with stark yet descriptive terms and pulled no punches. The story has an Appalachian setting but is in no way Southern gothic, as one reviewer stated "backwoods is not backward." Many modern stories about this area show most characters to be a bit on the shady side. Not so with this book, it showed triumph over evil in a realistic way. I do think the epilogue went on a bit too long. I have to forgive this because had it ended where I see appropriate, I would have been left wanting more which is always the sign of a good story. I will be looking in to more work from this author and this narrator.
I love this womsn!
She is talented beyond words! Her work is uplifting, down to earth, and courageously self aware. Listening to her audio books is like sitting down for a diving deep conversation with a dear friend, about things that really matter. She is able to put my thoughts feelings and insights into words of beauty. I listen to her books many times over and always hear and learn something new.
To the point, Straight forward. Each of the chapters could have been drawn out with much more information about the topic discussed and how to develop and uselessp
I couldn't deal with the narration
This may have been a decent or even a very good book but I could not get past the awful narration. The attempt to read with expression was so overdone I could not take what was read seriously.
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I've listened to this audio book several times...
...and I will never get tired of it. I love this lady's heart and wisdom. I pick up some new nugget of useful perspective each time I listen to this collection of 52 stories/speeches, one for each week of the year. The gentle wisdom is imparted in a down to earth spiritual style. It is uplifting without being Pollyanna, dealing with practical spiritual issues faced by real people living the best lives they can. The content may seem geared towards women, but topics focus on issues all aware people face daily. I loved the guided meditations she added with some of the speeches. Highly recommended. This is an audio book to be listened to again and again.
Perfect narration. I usually prefer reading over listening but this book could not have been better narrated. It takes super and special talent to write something this dark that can be beheld as art. I'm feeling puzzled that I do not feel despair or depression over the book's grim and gritty reality. This book was written with eloquence in a vernacular that could have been seedy, or trashy, and instead had its own haunting beauty, again, largely due to excellent narration. I would have wished for a happier ending or redeeming characters, I think, had the writing not have been so brilliant. NOT a feel good book, and one I won't soon forget.
Nice short story
Not usually a fan of science fiction, but this book is an exception. I like that it was 8 short enough chapters and held my interest throughout. Interesting concept. Good character development and professional, talented narration.
the narration made this book even better. highly recommended. not too long. believe able characters and historically accurate, well written
I liked this book. I was ready to read something light and fun. I found the main character to be emotionally honest. I read the book in spite of the 2 reviews I read, which were not very positive. One of the reviews said the main character had too many expectations that couldn’t be met, then in the same review wrote that the book did not meet her own expectations. I found that amusing. I saw the main character as behaving like a lot of us do when first romantically attracted to someone —unpredictably. If you are feeling like getting deep into a book and losing yourself in the characters and story, this would not be a good choice. If you want a light hearted escape, this book delivers. The narrator is great!