I loved this book. The two narrators, the woman and the young girl, are fascinating characters - totally believable, funny, thought-provoking and deeply touching. I really, really cared about them, and I won't forget them. And two readers are two of the best I've heard on audiobooks. At times the story's arc is as eccentric as the characters but stick with it, especially if you have any interest in philosophy, language, Japanese film, commas, the perspective of outsiders, or the meaning of life.
Barbara Rosenblat reads the character of an intellectual and contained Gallic concierge as if she were performing a one woman revue of a gossipy shrew from Little Odessa. The narration is actressy and irritating, brimming full of embarrassingly misused pauses for underlining effect. I regret not going directly for the printed novel.
I don't want to listen to the pretentions and supposedly esoteric musings of this woman, or the girl, although the girl was easier to listen to. I didn't have a problem with the narrators as other people seem to have had. I thought the ending was horrible and sudden. I am shocked this book has been on the NYT best sellers list for months. I can't explain why!
Yes but only people interested in books that tell the story between the lines instead of straightfoward storytelling. If you're expecting what-you-see-is-what-you-get this is not the book for you.
The end. Devastating.
I loved the tones -- those kinds of nuances may not have been so visible in just reading the book.
Yes although it's not a book I would re-read even though it would probably yield more mysteries/stories if I did.
yes. i read the book years ago, but the characters really came to life in the audio book.
mozart's requiem played when she flushed the toilet. it was a wonderful moment!
the touching ending.
renee of course.
the narration was superb!
Love the Story.
Both narrators are very articulate and emphatic. I just could see Ms. Rosenblat as Mme. Michele, I could imagine her facial expressions and body language as she told the story. Ms. Morris as Paloma was great too - she was precocious and precious at the same time.
At the end, when Renee Michele was describing how she woke up very hungry and she ate bread with plum jam, and the moment right after that.
I really wanted to like the girl and the concierge because of their intelligence. But I couldn't relate to them because of the disdain they had for the bourgeois and others who weren't as intelligent and aware as they were. Yes, I understand this is supposed to be a satire but I really had a hard time understanding the need to hide intelligence. I thought there would be some development or awareness, so I hung in there. But after 2 hours, I gave up. I have no use for characters who have no real compassion for others despite their faults. Hello, people! Humans are not perfect but should be admired for some positive aspect of their character.
I couldn't make it through the book. I've only done that once before, stopped mid-way through a book, but listening became too toxic.
I wanted to like this book, but the more I listened to the dialog of the 2 main characters, the more I became convinced that they were essentially the same person. The child has a too-developed and adult vocabulary, even for a precocious one. The expressions and observations were essentially the same for both characters. The adult reader was terrific, the child reader had dreadful pronunciation of French words. That is too bad because it could have been a charming book. I found that it tried too hard and came up short. The idea of plugging philosophical musings into both characters' thoughts and lives was very interesting. For me, it wasn't in the end convincing.
Some books make you wish you could get your money back.. This was one of them. Pointless, annoying and no telling what's after the first two hours. I just couldn't do anymore.