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.
I bought this book because it showed up on Daily Deal. I have looked at its description many times in the past, but it didn't give me a clue as to what it is really about. One of the best books I have read in last 10 yes. Philosophy has never been presented in a more palative form!
I didn't like any of the characters in this book. The concepts of the novel were presented as lofty intellectualism, when in reality they were little more than subjects addressed in my introductory philosophy classes at university.
What is this genre? Drab? This is not the usual kind of book that I read. It was a book club requirement. and I would not gravitate to something like this in the future unless compelled by some outside force.
Acceptable, non-invasive, unremarkable.
Anything with the self appointed autodidact apartment manager. OR the self important over valued teenager.
No- because it did not move me, and was not memorable. The setting was interesting, being Paris, but the setting was not a big enough part of the book: no descriptions. The ending was a bummer.
The language. It was a beautiful story to listen to. It's actually fairly astonishing, for a translation to have been so deftly handled!
I thought Barbara had the absolute best range, ready to carry her character through the terrific transition. She was wonderful. Cassandra Morris drove spikes through my ears.
I really didn't like it - I was frustrated and annoyed - for the first third of the book. I detested all the characters. I was so put off by their judgment and disdain for everyone around them. I really had to battle through that, and was pleased to eventually see the story develop so that I could understand that.
I never did really like the 13-year-old angst or buy into it, but the rest of the story was terrific.
While the narrators were very good, the story wasn't something I could finish. It just didn't work for me despite really wanting to like it. I abandoned this one.
Readers were fine. Story, plot, and character development were sorely lacking.
The entire first book. Nothing consequential happened until the last couple chapters.
Lacking protagonists and scenarios which incited change in main characters. No significant change in setting. Plot was drawn out for no apparent reason.