The Invention of Wings

Kidd, Sue Monk

Audiobook CD - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Invention of Wings
On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781490602707
Branch Call Number: CD Fiction KIDD
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13.5 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in


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Feb 16, 2015
  • LyndaLovelyWright rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing book. Used both the audio and print copy. Began with the audio which was very well read and utilized two readers one white and one black which gave a rich depth to the two main characters. The author's note at the end of the printed copy provided an historical background to the women involved.

Nov 15, 2014
  • LindaDeeBaker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book gripped, charmed, and horrified me; all the more so when I discovered at the end that it is largely based on fact. I am happy that reading it has acquainted me with the courageous Grimke sisters, born into Charleston society, who sacrificed much as early female abolitionists and feminists. It was long overdue for me to be reminded of the monstrous nature of slavery. I am so glad I read "The Invention of Wings," and commend it to you.

Nov 06, 2014

Stick around and listen to the authors notes. Very insightful.

Oct 10, 2014

Based on actual people and events, this story illuminates the world of privileged whites in Charleston, SC and the very different world experienced by the slaves they owned, while also giving an account of the frustrations of white women wanting to break free of their assigned roles in society.
Jenna Lamia (one of the narrators for "The Help") and Adepero Oduye (actress in "12 Years a Slave" and "Steel Magnolias") make the narrative come alive in the audio version.

Oct 08, 2014
  • JudithE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliantly and vividly written, desperately sad and horrifying, unfortunately based on all-too-true events. The story is lightened by abolitionist attempts to end slavery, which helps balance the cruelty a bit.

Highly recommended.

Sep 23, 2014
  • BD_EN_Kids rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't often get to read grown-up books so I am very choosy about which books I am going to dedicate my time. "The Invention of Wings" was very much worth my time! I loved this book, a very engaging story highlighting inspirational characters in history that were not on my radar. The readers are fantastic as well. I so easily get sucked into audiobooks with readers who have a beautiful southern accent and this was no exception. While the story was tough to listen to at times when the horrors of slavery were described, it was a delight as well.

Sep 04, 2014
  • debscheuerman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book and excellent readers! Rich descriptions of complex characters, made even stronger by the fact that they are soundly based on real people and real situations. The narrative at the end by the author describing how she came to write the book and how closely it was based on historical fact was equally compelling. The focus was on the power of the characters, who were living in a very difficult time, but not on the horror of the time, so it was inspiring, rather than nightmarish. It makes you appreciate the inspiration and incredible bravery of these pioneers that have given us our freedoms today.

May 20, 2014
  • ITC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well written, well read. The DVD "The Abolitionists" mentions many of the Abolitionists in this book.

Mar 27, 2014

This was a wonderful listen. The readers were excellent. I often found myself lingering in the kitchen longer to "finish up" just so I could hear some more. If you listened to Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and liked it this feels like a pre-story. Enjoy!

Feb 11, 2014

Excellent work. I enjoyed it very much. Reminds somewhat of Gone with the Wind. I like stories of strong women and Sarah was certainly that. Used CD as waiting list was shorter. Agree with comment above. Reader excellent.

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