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When starting this I felt a little lost and thinking this was part of another series that explained it a little better. As I continued to read I found this to be turn as the author talks about other storylines. It took me a little while to catch up but soon it all fell into place.
Valerie Gilbert did a great job on the narration. She gives a very smooth listen with wonderful character voice. She goes give wonderful emotion and you can tell what each are feeling. Her characters voices were great you did not have any trouble telling who was talking. I did enjoy her many character voices you could always tell who was talking and just what was on their mind. I found no background or any places where the volume was higher or lower at the beginning of a chapter. You could not tell if any breaks were taken the audio was a smooth clean lesson. Her male voices were a good as her female ones. I really enjoyed her voice and the feel she gave to the read.
The family comes together after the mother has a stroke to celebrate Ronald and Becky's Wedding anniversary. They also have to come to terms with Becky’s recent stroke. The family are overcompensating which leave her feeling suffocated. For those of you that have read the other series the author lets you get caught up on each family member going over pass struggles. I really thought it was an emotional read but I kind of felt left out. I would recommend you reading the other books about this family I feel if I had I would have enjoyed it more. I am sure once you do you will totally enjoy this read. It was well worth the listen just to get to know the narrator.
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This celebration of family is a culmination of the other Friessen books. While I have not yet read them, the story is a true depiction of family life. We are confronted at first with the stroke of Becky, and just coming home from rehabilitation is ready to have her boys, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren surrounding her to help celebrate her anniversary with Rodney. The three sons each have a wife, each with their own struggles. I found this refreshing, the book is honest and gritty with the problems that each of the couples face and how they interact with each other. I do think this should not be the preface for the series though, knowing the backgrounds from the other books would have been helpful in understanding the depth of characters better.
Valerie Gilbert narrates this book with her incredible versatility. She is able to take a story like this and give each character it's own voice, easily discernible when listening. From the stroke victim of Becky and her difficulty of speaking all the way to the children's voices, her talent comes forth letting you feel the pain, angst and love of this family.
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