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I haven't finished the audiobook but it didn't take 5 minutes to realize that Terry McMillan's narration is the death of this work as an audiobook. I'm haven't finished the book so I can't speak to the book itself. However, if you are an avid audiobook listener, you will be disappointed by McMillan's reading. She simply reads the book with none of the voice acting audible fans are used to. For example, it's hard to tell which character is speaking since every one sounds the same. On top of it all, she doesn't have a nice voice to listen to. Take my word for it. This one is probably better for reading (with your eyes instead of your ears). If I could return it I would. I really should have listened to the sample or read the reviews.
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The book was an adequate listen. I would say that the only reason I rated the book like this is because this just isn't my genre in al honesty. The title I believe was done well enough though and I can see where it could easily be seen as one of those 'coming of age'/'life after 45'/'pull yourself up'/'find validation in self' type novels. I'm sure were I a woman, 45, black or any combination of these that this book would have made a more poignant affect on me.
I must say though the Performance was done quite well. I have always liked multiple person narration and this was done pretty much ok. I will say it wasn't done amazingly well like some other titles I am aware of but it was done well enough. The persons who voiced Savannah and Robin were ok. The person who voiced Gloria was actually quite good, she reminds me of my Grandma. The person that voiced Bernadine was also a good choice.
The story itself wasn't my cup of tea per se. It was about 4 women going through various issues and simply trying to find their way through a very trying time. Realistic and I must say also relevant to what is actually going on now, the story is also caught in it's own particular niche. It is not one of those stories that is identifiable for persons all across the board but is more carefully placed in it's own little place. I believe the story will hit the bullseye with a person and be completely off base and forgettable. For me (and I more blame the fact that I am a 25 year old guy) it was completely off base, not too forgettable, but something I would recommend to a particular kind of person (I'm sure my mother would love this book).
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