This book was boring.... I gave up after the first half hour.... It was like being seated next to a pretentious person at a formal dinner. You are stuck sitting next to them and forced to listen while they talk, and talk and talk, about nothing of interest, while you wait hoping for some kind of a point to what they are droning on about.....
Don't bother getting this book!
This story is alternately told by the older French concigere (sp?) and the adolescent girl living in her building. Its strange because they seem unaware of each other for more than half the book. Instead both write reflections on life. If, like me, you are hoping for a tale about the interaction between the two main characters, you will have to wait until the very end of the book. I found the story interesting, but slow. However I kept listening and was rewarded by the end of the tale.
It is one of the most beautiful books I've ever heard read. I love it! I'm sure I will listen to it over and over again.
The reader was amazing and the best part of audio books is that all of the foreign names are pronounced correctly.
What a variety of strong characters and a surprise ending. This is a great read.
Splendid complicated story -- had to listen to some passages repeatedly to get the gist, so very intellectual. I would NOT enjoy reading this book -- but the audio version is rich with 2 superb voices -- it gives the story dimension and life. Recommended without reservation for LISTENING.
At times a deeply affecting story of a mature woman's fear and love and hope. More often too obviously striving for (literary) effect. The ending seems tacked on, a sort of diabolus ex machina.
Excellent reading makes the characters seem more three-dimensional than the writing alone might.
Along with a beautifully written, captivating story, comes an excellent cast of voice actors. A delightful listen!
The passages on philosophy can get a bit wheezy, but I loved the characters and their relationships, and enjoyed the narrator. Not much plot, but a lot of heart and soul.
The pace is a bit slow, but the detail and language is quite lovely. Interesting thought processes between characters, though possibly unrealistic in some ways. I found the different narrators comfortable in their transition between voices. Easy to pick up between car trips.