Why oh why the anachronistic, regionally nonsensical, cartoonish British accents? This is so weird and completely distracting. I am utterly baffled and sad. This book takes place in Maine, to start, and it's in the modern era. The narrator's voice has an American accent. But random characters break into a haughty sounding aristocratic British accent that itself is poorly executed. Please please toss this narration in the bin forever, and future readers do not subject yourselves to this aural agony.
In my mind this book is useful in that it captures the passiveness that holds most people in a collective society. Each character in their own way felt moderately unique but a bit dull; much like a typical real person I might know in day to day life. Usually, I enjoy books that allow me to escape my own mundane existence, not those that simply shift into someone else's. I didn't love the characters and I suppose that's why I can't give the story a better rating.
No. She is a great writer, but I stepped into a book that didn't meet my needs as a reader.
Sandra Burr made the story easy to listen to. I rarely checked out during narration and was clear about where ideas and thoughts began and ended.
The direction and narration of this book was simply dreadful. The narrator seems to think that a New England accent is the sound of a stuffy old British person, but that is just so not the case. Olive is actually sassy and quick, but she ends up sounding mostly like a boring, stuck up old lady.
The director of this book made the odd decision to use a "phone" sound for phone conversation, so the person on the other end of the conversation sounds like their voice is running through a filter. It's a bizarre move, considering there are no other sound effects in this book.
The story itself was just ok. Not sure why it got such large accolades. I loved all the portions that starred Olive, but didn't really see the point of quite a few of the side characters.
We all die. Do we know how to get from here to there? This book gives insight into all our fears, our regrets and our deepest lives. I see why this one won the Pulitzer
I can only think the negative reviews are written by people under 35, or those who had expected something completely different.
I have listened it to 3 times.
I can not make such a comparison.
I am a lover of narrative literature. When I read ( or listen) non-linear stories, I take pause.
However, this is a book ( audio book) worth the time. There is depth, love, despair, sorrow,
just life - without blowups, just life as it happens.
The performance of this story is exceptional, and oh, what a story it is.
The lives of the people living in a small town in Maine, intertwined; a sweet, heartwarming tale.
I had watched the miniseries on HBO, but the audio book, as most books do, told me so much more, so much that I wanted to hear.
A great story, I highly recommend this to anyone!
Enjoyed the format of interwoven stories. It's important to hear the ending before passing judgment on this book. The whole is more than the sum of the understated parts. The performer is perfect for this novel.