Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This is a charming story about second chances. I loved the narration and the insights of the characters.
Barbara Rosenblat has a huge following for her audiobook reading. But in this case she actually spoiled the book immensely for me. Her interpretation of Rene didn't come close to what I felt when I originally read the book. It was over the top and melodramatic. It seemed that she was more interested in her performance than the content or character. Kinda like many people who drag out the singing of the national anthem to show off their voice.
Sadly it seems that this a trend. Having listened to books for more than 20 years I can see it. At first it was a revelation when readers put some drama like an actor into the reading. But it has gone way beyond that. Also some of the readers are playing the same character no matter what book they are reading.
I very rarely stop listening before I finish but I just couldn't go on. Especially since this is such a lovely & deep book.
This is an unusual read, but one that pays off if you stick to it. Nice philosophical insights on life's inequities.
This is an example of a terribly poor choice for narration of an audiobook. Such a fabulous book - unfortunately it becomes frightfully annoying and trite given the mistaken interpretation by this narrator. After having read the original in French I was looking forward to hearing the translation. Unfortunately - was extremely dissappointed by this audio version which totally and completely misses the nuance and hope in this story which was one of the best French publications of 2009. Such a shame. So annoying I couldn't finish listening - a first amoung my Audible purchases. What a waste of excellent writing. Needs to be re-recorded.
I really did try to listen. Someone is trying too hard to impress. Like being trapped in a corner at a party by a first-year philosophy student.
I persisted with this book for about a third of its length as I thought it MUST surely improve and engage me, but it didn't. The reviewer who said that it's like being trapped in a corner with a first-year philosophy student hit the nail on the head. I just wanted to escape!
I'm a designer (interiors and graphics) with an English degree. I recovered my love of reading after a disastrous bout with grad school.
I cannot remember disliking a book on so many levels! By turns a treatise on philosophies, a naturalistic portrait of the bourgeoisie, a romantic comedy, a coming-of-age narrative and (briefly, and altogether unconvincingly, a Hardy-esque gothic), "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" veers among genres, stopping only to pick up the creakiest cliches from each, before hurtling to its reader-cheating end. I love genre fiction -- the sonnet-like formalism within which infinite changes can be rung. But I ended this book feeling irritated and tampered with. (And yes, I ended that sentence with a preposition, in honor of the two protagonist's fervent worship of grammar.)
I have no idea. I tried to like it....it was a chore to read even half of this book. I would not recommend it to anyone I know.
I'm not sure what genre this falls under.
Barbara--competent, believable, well-done; Cassandra--annoying, irritating, competent in reading the material.
Great disappointment--from the reviews I read and the sample I listened to I really thought I would like this book. The little girl made me angry. It made me sad that I wasted five dollars on this book...plus four hours of my life....gone.
Don't waste your money.
There are two characters reading in this book but unfortunately, the teenager is badly cast. (She sounded like an annoying cheerleader). The other reader is fantastic, but I still cannot recommend this book; it is filled with the author's sometimes delightful, sometimes boring philosophy and totally unbelievable characters. I thought of quitting, but skipped ahead. The story finally picked up and although still not believable, ended up a surprising delight.
FYI, my book club chose this and those who read it versus listened were even more disappointed.
If the story hadn't been so tedious. I love a good book that gives its focus to deep character development, but this book did not come close. I tried to come back to this book several times while listening to other books in between trying to give this book a chance. Today I am giving up!
Probably not, I will just have to read the one star reviews more carefully before making a purchase.
I loved Cassandra Morris, Barbara Rosenblat is a different story. Her voice grated on my nerves like sandpaper.
Cassandra Morris's voice
I would like to return this book