This is a story that, for me, will be quite memorable. I already know that I will be thinking about it for the next several days. I happened upon this during a 2 for 1 sale that audible was having. As it turns out, I needed to hear it's message of the meaning of life: finding those small moments that make you perfectly content. For some people, it may end up being a simple and silly tale with which they can not connect. For me, it spoke volumes to my tired heart.
I'll be vague as I think all reviews should be spoiler free... It's a good book if you're in the mood for just a story. It's very slow building for good reason and you might even walk away being moved. I can't really see how anyone wouldn't like this book. Worth a read or listen. (Audio really helped me out with the French names).
Elegant, profound., a great read. A simple story with gripping narration and many "profound thoughts" to share. I loved the reading performance too.
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.