I really enjoyed listening to this book. I would give it 10 stars if I could. It is just so upsetting, frustrating and hard to think back to what life was for woman in general, for blacks and probably other ethnic people back in the early ‘30’s. This book bring these woman together and they share in employment, love and respect for each other...the author wrote with spirit, fun and interest which kept me listening and wanting more. The Narrator was amazing as well. Good accents are not easy to get right. She was spot on.
6 Stars!! Oh my goodness! This book was fun, feisty, and female empowering. It was also deeply heartbreaking and often frustrating while imagining a time that so many societal factors worked against African Americans, the poor, and especially women. In general, I’ve been an admirer of historical fiction that centered around the early 20th century, but The Great Depression had always been especially interesting. The setting of this particular Depression-era story was a geographical area I had yet to encounter in a historical, as well as featuring facts I’d yet learned about or at the least, not enough. That a novel which chronicled the inception of the Kentucky WPA Packhorse Library managed to move me in so many ways, was fairly incredible. The author did an amazing job showing the hard-earned strength and camaraderie within this group of women librarians. These heroines weren’t the staid and demure females often pictured as “librarians.” They were over-comers, adventurous, and tough in mind and spirit. A few of them only realized their strength after joining the venture. Although those female relationships were the backbone of this story, a couple of romantic subplots were also highlighted and made my heart swoon. Overall, The Giver of Stars was an accomplished story with the potential to reach many audiences as it touched on historical facts, injustices, romance, and basic human rights. This was definitely a top read of 2019! Notes on the audiobook: I mostly listened to the audio version of The Giver of Stars which was narrated by the always fabulous Julia Whelan. I've yet to listen to a story with this narrator that hasn't been incredibly performed. At times, this narrator has out-performed the material she's been given. In this case, both the written and spoken word were equally well done.
Jojo Moyes is a British novelist and journalist. She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association and has been translated into eleven different languages.