Maude

  • by Donna Mabry
  • Narrated by Shana Gagnon
  • 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1906 I was barely over 14 years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She said, "You've always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now you're going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?" I didn't understand, but I nodded my head anyway. It sounded strange to me, the way so many things did. I would do what she told me. I didn't have a choice, any more than I'd had a choice in being born.

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So depressing

The narrator did a poor job. I have listened to over 100 audible books and never have I listened to such a monotone, awkward and stilted narration/performance as this! Truly distracting and did the story a disservice. I liked the young Maude very much. However, as Maude became older and her difficult life's challenges added up, I found myself not feeling connected to her as I did the young Maude, and I grew frustrated with her for letting people walk all over her. By the time her life was coming to its conclusion, I was as annoyed with Maude for letting her life go to waste as I was at the people who had hurt her! This story is based on fiction and I guess I'm not upset or let down with the author--I feel let down by Maude. Perhaps the author did drop the ball by failing to explain why Maude didn't stand up for herself and why we, the audience, should care about a character who doesn't care much about her own self. At the end, Donna cherishes the stories Maude told her about her life. But why? What lessons did those stories teach her? What secret or value did they reveal to Donna? Not much, as far as I can tell. Not much at all, except "don't let your life go to waste"...
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- Martha Lowery

Narration made listening almost unbearable

I loved this story but the narrator was so, so bad. Her halting way of speaking and at times complete lack of inflection, made it like I was listening to a beginning reader. She went in and out of some type of Southern "Scarlett O'Hara" accent to no accent at all and it was super distracting. I can't imagine how anyone heard this and thought it was fine. If I hadn't liked the story so much, I don't think I could've endured it.
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- Sandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2015
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC