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A great story

5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 17.01.2010

A beautiful story about a young woman who is going through a trying time in her life. She goes home to her small town in New England and starts to dig into her family's past. The story is told from various perspectives and includes several sublines, but it is never confusing.
It has a touch of what might be termed magical realism, which is introduced very subtly and weaves into the narrative perfectly.
The narrator's voice works well to contribute to the overall mood. I love this book.

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Beautifully described atmosphere yet somewhat unsatisfactory story

3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 29.12.2009

Alice Hoffman is known for the atmosphere she creates in her novels and how she gives life to places (small towns in New England). She manages to do this in this novel again. The atmosphere is beautifully described and it is easy to imagine the cold, the ice, the snow. The speaker has a beautiful voice which transports the mood well. The story itself, however, remained somewhat unsatisfactory to me. It deals with domestic violence and how hard it is to get out of an abusive relationship. The characters are credible - and the author goes to great lengths to describe them. Yet we do not really learn what happens with them in the end and it seems the way the abusive character is gotten rid of at the end is just too easy. I appreciate the attempt of mixing the beauty of language with such an important and tough topic, but I'm not sure whether this is achieved. I fear that the story itself uses the same romanticism it criticizes.

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gut hörbar, unterhaltsam, interessant

5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 17.12.2009

This is an audio book that connects good "listenablity" with an interesting story. A woman who must be in her late 20s or early 30s is telling her life - her childhood, her youth, her obesity, her troubled relationship with her egocentric mother, her first love, her marriage. She is on the run from everybody, but most notably from her past. Although the story is not told in a completely linear way, the plot unfolds in such a way that you can always follow it. The plot is clever, but not too intricate - for me, that does not work in an audio book - but will pull you in.

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Touching story, beautifully narrated

5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 14.12.2009

It has a clear story line that makes it work very well as an audio book. The story is truly touching: Set in the south after the Civil war, a young man, son of a freed black woman and her former owner, fights hard to understand his situation in life. It is a story of friendship, of struggle, of overcoming adversity.
This is young adult fiction, but it works well for adults too. The story is both extremely sad, tragic, and hopeful.
It was a joy to listen to this book, also because of the quality of voice the narrator brings to it.