I'm not ruining the plot here b/c this is in the first few pages, but it's about a suicidal 9 yr old girl and her boring landlady. One of the worst books ever!
The performance is unbelievably annoying due to the grating and obnoxious voice of the child narrator. I'd rather shoot myself than listen to this girl ever again.
I'm not turned off from the genre but I'll be sure to be more careful about which narrators I choose.
Mostly the language I found pretentious which marred what might otherwise be an engaging story.
The two leads. Both of them insufferable. I endured listening for 90 minutes, against my better judgement. I knew after the second chapter this book was a poor choice.
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.