A beautifully acted book throughout; what a cast. Given the context, it's almost unbelievable to me that May Mobley, the baby at the start, is the same age as me; how could the Southern USA still (or ever) have such debasing laws and culture? It's shocking how differently our apparently similar civilized lives were; are, I suppose. A beautifully written book; superbly read - nay, acted - and I truly didn't want it to end. I just want to read more books which give a window on a real world in such a compelling and well written manner.
I am so glad I read / listened to the book first, I love the way it was read, really brought it to life. Funny, moving, thought provoking and inspiring. Listen to it but give the film a miss!
This book's been reviewed enough without me adding any more gushing praise. But it's now one of my all time favourites. I coudn't stop listening!
this was one of the best audible books I have listened to, the narrators brought the characters to life and I could not stop listening, I laughed and cried as they lead me through each of their lives as they entwined with each other. My review cannot do this story justice it was fantastic
This story is captivating and tells of a time long ago told in the words of each of the characters. I would strongly recommend this to anyone. I made the mistake of buying the film afterwards to watch with my family and it doesn't do the book justice. Definitely worth listening to.
I've read the book, seen the film, and listened to the audio book. The audio book was by far my favourite experience - the voices of all the narrators were a pleasure to listen to. I am aware that there have been criticisms of the book ("white people cure racism") but for me it was a real eye opener. I was a child in the 60s and find it incredible that this was happening in my lifetime. Heartwarming and positive.
This was my first fiction audiobook purchase. Having no idea where to start, picked one with lots of 5 star reviews. At first I wondered why as initially I found the accents irritating, but once I got to know the characters they enhanced it. I appreciate also the different narrators , rather than just one putting on different voices. It was an interesting portrayal of life for both black people and women in general at that time in America
This story absorbed me so much that I found myself listening to it for long periods unable to stop despite dreading it ending well before I was half way through. The narrators were version well chosen and their accents from the southern USA aided my transportation to 1960s struggles and discrimination of black people told through the lives of black maids and the White women they work for. Full of insight, suspense and frankly unmissable.
From the minute I started listening to this book I was hooked! The narrators were perfect: easy to listen to and they really drew you in, bringing each character to life. I truly did not want this book to end. One of the best books I've read in years and it will defnitely stay with me for years to come.