I loved listening to this wonderful story on my ipod. The narrator is fabulous and the book is brilliant. I had no idea audiobooks would be this good. The 20 hours made a bunch of long drives go very fast.
Brilliant storytelling. I would highly recommend this story that recounts three generations of a unique Greek-American family. Even after the 20 hours of audio I was sorry to have it end.
I really enjoyed this novel and was often surprised by the turns that things took in it. I mean, you know from the title basically what's gone on or going to go on, but the interactions among the family members is really what makes this book a great read. The only thing I really didn't like about the book was the way it ended. It kinda just stops all the sudden when you want it to keep going and you want to learn more about what he does with his life.
Say something about yourself!
I will attempt to be brief (hint to Mr. Leonides). Pretty good book. Interesting characters. Good narrative about the Turkish-Greek conflicts. Too long! GREAT READER!
Rarely have I heard or read a book quite so compelling. I was drawn into the history of the family to the extent that I began to forget my own! And the narrator is extraordinarily talented. I'm not sure what I could listen to next that wouldn't pale by comparison.
I had no idea what to expect when I ordered this title. However, since it was winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction I said "what the hell." I was not disappointed. Although, it was a strange bird, it was very entertaining and well worth the 21 hours I spent listening to it. If you enjoy a wild ride, (in the tradition of Wally Lamb's "I Know This Much is True") this book is for you.
A fascinating book. The author handles potentially difficult these with grace and humor. Wonderfully flexible, the reader's voice brings to life the many characters and moods of the book. I found the sporadic background music slightly annoying, but not enough to ruin the experience. Highly recommended!
This read was enjoyable only because of the reader. The story line was far too "poor me" for my taste. Without the "see what my ancestors have done to me" attitude the story would have been much more powerful. The author needs to take a lesson from David Pilzer in writing about life as you find it!