It took far too long to get into the story, the story didn't move because there was far too much going on and on about arrogant , prideful rants. I disliked the main characters for half the book and hated the ending. We lived in France for a while and movies ended just like this book, tragic. I finally like the story and the characters and then the whole thing ends abruptly.
No, too long to get into it and the story was only part story and lots of intellectual snobbery.
I'm a caffeine zombie suffering from constant book hangovers.
without spoiling it an unexpected death in the story, you'll know what I am talking about when you come upon it. you can't miss it.
the dryness and sarcasm
more laugh I do confess to almost tearing up...with laughter.
I love the prose like insight in which this book was written.
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
Oh most definitely. The story was very well told and the thoughts and dialog thought provoking and full of quirky details that I find enchanting. Really in the most wonderful way, it was quite literally elegant.
Oh so many lovely spoilers would be given by the answer to this question. I will say there were many, but for now: A piece of sashimi. Red October. Cat names. Panties. The Journal of the Movement of the World.
The juxtaposition of an older voice and a younger one. Not to mention the lovely accents to pronounce the words the way my mind never could.
No, it went rather slowly at times and gave you big pieces to chew between sittings. I think this is more a book for savoring than devouring.
I read the prior reviews and gave this a chance, but the characters had no personality traits beyond self-satisfaction with their towering intellects. I listen while on long walks, so depend on books that have some plot or interesting characters. It doesn't matter to me if they are novels, or biography, or history, but they do need to be well written and interesting. While this may have been well written, it was so pedantic that I moved on to another book after chapter 6.
There were some useful observations made by the characters, but they didn't push the characters or the action forward.
If the story hadn't been so tedious. I love a good book that gives its focus to deep character development, but this book did not come close. I tried to come back to this book several times while listening to other books in between trying to give this book a chance. Today I am giving up!
Probably not, I will just have to read the one star reviews more carefully before making a purchase.
I loved Cassandra Morris, Barbara Rosenblat is a different story. Her voice grated on my nerves like sandpaper.
Cassandra Morris's voice
I would like to return this book
annoying, pedantic, annoying.
Could not get attached or interested in the characters, Just wanted them to get over it. I think maybe further in they might become interesting, but couldn't take it that long.
I'm not a weepy person yet I shed tears at the end of this sweet book. No action here, no who dun it - simply a great story with characters I will think about for time to come. The author did a great job as did the readers. Very thought provoking and well worth the credit.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
There are some friends that could benefit greatly from this book, but most would not have the patience to uncover the beauty within.
Likely, depends upon my mood.
The final scene.
No, it would be too much to tackle in one setting.
I agree with other reviewers who said that it was very difficult to get through the first half of the book, however the patient lister is rewarded for the effort. Throughout the book there are many nuggets of insight into philosophical understanding. The author is able to write with literary eloquence.
I could not listen to the entire audio. There was too much philosophical musing. Even the excellent narrators could not keep my interest.
I bought this book after reading the reviews touting it as touching and funny. There were some truly touching and really funny moments and I enjoyed those very much. The problem was, I needed a degree in French and philosophy to understand the rest of the book. More intellectual babbling than I would have ever imagined I would tolerate. But I did tolerate it because despite all the blah-blah, I came to care for the characters.
I finished the book but it left me wishing I had never picked it up, because it made me very sad.
Rosenblat's narration was absolutely fabulous, and the only reason I will remember this book fondly.