- File Size: 219 KB
- Print Length: 77 pages
- Publication Date: July 17, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005D7EUWY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,490,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Word Blind: A Tale of Two Readers Kindle Edition
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While the story is entertaining and grips you to the end, Victoria Olsen does two extraordinary things with it. The story is told from both girls' point of view, each with a distinctive voice. She also allows us to vividly see the world through the eyes of someone who cannot read the street signs we are all so familiar with.
Accurate in its historical context, gripping in its realism, Word Blind is a book you will not put down until you are through...until you pick it up to read again.
This was a beautifully told double narrative from each sister's point of view. I love how this audiobook was presented and I felt that it was thought-provoking as well as a delightful listen. Definitely recommended.
Genevieve Sibayan did a fabulous job narrating this book. She has a soft voice which was perfect for the story. She differentiated the sisters, one having a slightly younger voice than the other and her voice inflections were terrific. A great match of author/reader.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
I would like to read a sequel to Word Blind because I want to know what happens to those girls. What does Annie's doctor prescribe, what kind of adult life does she have? Does May become a writer? I want to know more about the Cornish family, why did Helen die, how did Mr. Cornish adapt to widowhood and living in London. The characters are so well drawn that even today's young readers may take a respite from speed and violence to enjoy this step into the past. Teachers may find it useful in the classroom because of the history and literary references and Olsen's appendix.
Victoria Olsen's "Word Blind: A Tale of Two Readers" is a remarkable reading experience. I'm not ashamed to say that anything remotely historical in the fiction department generally puts me off, but Olsen has created a mystery of sorts that is at once engaging, surprising, and intellectually sound. Most impressive is that Olsen has crafted a work that is as accessible to the adult reader as it is to the younger one. I think in a world of "Harry Potter"s and "Twilight"s--and believe me, as an educator, I think anything that gets our youth to stay with and read hundreds of pages in a sitting is worth regardless of quality--something so grounded in realism and told through mature, controlled prose can have difficulty finding an audience. I'm glad Amazon is able to host this treasure, but if there's any justice, there's an editor trolling around these parts looking for something worthwhile to acquire.