“Glad to finally be finished. It was good but not great. Not interesting enough to be as long as it was. ”Melissa wrote this review 22 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's been years since I read this one. More than 20 years ago for sure.”Brenda F T wrote this review Thursday, October 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“5 star”Bill W wrote this review Friday, September 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“• The Cleary family originally from Ireland immigrated to New Zealand where they were barely scraping by. A letter arrives from wicked penny-pinching Aunt Mary requesting them to come to Australia and work her massive sheep station. Accepting, this begins the multi-generational saga of life in the outback for the Cleary family. I had watched the mini-series when I was in my 20’s and remember it being delightful but did not see the relationship of Meggie and Ralph as anything other than a sweet love story. . . but today as a mature adult (old) and my vision being much more jaded, Ralph’s behavior would put him on the pedophile’s list. Tragedy, forbidden love, jealousy, wickedness and greed it had all of “the good stuff” for a great escape novel. Watching the mini-series now and loving it. . .instant video’s are great.”Kathe Coleman wrote this review Wednesday, September 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Timeless”Laurrie wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel is a Pop Culture Classic and it easy to understand why. The characters are well-developed and become close to your heart, the plot is compelling and cumpulsively readable, and the historical facts about Australia are interesting.
I loved it and would recommend it to all - the love story between Meggie and Ralph will always haunt me. I have to admit, once these characters grew older and the novel was taken over by the younger characters - I was ready for the novel to be done.
Somehow, the author catches time in this novel and the sense of when generations fade and new ones take over - the bittersweetness of that. Please, read!”
“I first read this epic novel in the late 70s and I watched the mini series but I had forgotten a lot of the story. I enjoyed this the second time around more as a wife and mother, and with the knowledge that comes with life experience. McCullough's writing reminds me of what I love about Steinbeck in that it evokes beauty in the somewhat mundane details of everyday life--the struggles and hardships that we endure, and the beauty that comes in the simple things like roses, horses, the sky at sunset, love... even when the love is "wrong." The relationship that Ralph and Meggie had was pure and beautiful--undeniable--and heartbreaking. Her characters are strong; the depiction of the locales is interesting, breathtaking at times. I want to watch the mini series again but I know that, as always, "The book is better!"”Anne wrote this review Monday, October 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Boring and depressing. The movie I saw years ago I remember being good. This didn't even really have an ending. I keep trying to find if there is a second book because I know the movie didn't end like this. If you know of it, please let me know.”Crittercrazy wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best saga novels. ”zzz wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Such a beautiful and heart-wrenching story. I listened to the audio book, which was read impeccably by Mary Woods. I highly recommend the audio version. This book has long been my mother's favorite, and now it is one of mine. ”Lori M wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No