Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.
I read this book because it was recommended to me and I loved it. It is a thinking persons book not for those looking for an escape from reality. Smart, funny and very sad. Characters you become invested in as you follow their journey. Have purchased 3 copies and sent to friends for christmas presents.
I do recommend this book. The characters are well drawn and the setting is vivid. It is easy to listen. The task of the three protagonists is, I'd say, to learn to reveal themselves and while they are not sweet or charming exactly, the result is a bitter-sweet and charming tale.
Possibly the ending.
Couldn't read the book, but enjoyed the character that the performances audio gave it.
The readers made the story transform my world.
I am in the middle of Chapter 3, and although I found the musings of the concierge interesting and intriguing at first, listening to her micro analysis of everything in her life - from the placement of a comma to the death of her spouse, is exhausting. And her disdain for the "upper classes" is tiresome. She definitely needs a hobby. I will put the book aside and try again, because I do enjoy the other characters.
This was a good one to listen to because of the French words and expressions. Barbara Rosenblat was at her best. Cassandrea Morris had a great English accent and yet her French sounded convincing to me.
A Sweet story with good thoughts about life and people. They would be philosophizing and then say something very earthy which was quite out of place and very funny. I liked the characters and the ending was surprising and poignant.
An enjoyable listen. It would have been better if I how know more about philosophy.
It felt as if I was reading someones thoughts rather than listening to a story, the plot unfolded slowly but I found it to be very intricate.
The Japanese man and his acceptance of those around him without prejudice.
The end of the story, I did not expect it.
A wonderful story, well worth reading or listening to.
Yes, I would listen to this story again. There is so much going on that I would get lots out of a second time.
I loved the Japanese neighbor.
I don't think so.
Oh, it made me so sad but in a good way.
Female, love a good mystery, Victorian English literature and love to laugh (Dickens, Austen, Trollepe, Wodehouse, Gaskell, Elliot
This was a nice story, but somehow, fell a little flat. I couldn't quite grasp the way this character was so much in her shell (even after it was explained).
If you find yourself sometimes pondering about the meaning and purpose of life and you have a sense of humor, then this book is for you.
I fell in love with the characters in this book. I was eager to hear how the story went on, and in the same time I was captured by the character's everyday life thoughts about the meaning and purpose of life. There was really never a dull or an uninteresting moment.
This is a very good example of when a narration brings a very good book to an even higher level. I really enjoyed listening to the narrators and the characters felt very real to me. I'm very glad I bought the audio version of this one, even though the story can probably very well stand on its own.
Property manager, Mom of 4 (almost grown), interested in historical novels, knitting, skiing, entertaining. I share with my husband who likes the mysteries and thrillers.
Very unresolved. Nice, interesting story, but no ending. The story begins to develop and with the development of the characters, the listener expects some type of interesting ending, but the story ends abruptly.