I think this is my all time favorite listen to date - and I didn't think anything would surpass the Hungry Tide. The story was captivating and the switch between the old and young Jacob was done extremely well. Very goood characterization - even for the elephant. I would highly recommend this book.
This novel is beautifully written, and keeps your attention. I love that the plot shifts from early adulthood to late adulthood in an almost seamless fashion. You will not be dissatisfied with this download. The author taps into the social/medical aspects of the elderly and what we as a society subject our aging relatives to in a nursing home setting. This book also reveals a time of the true traveling circus, no longer existent in quite the same form, especially given political correctness, i.e., freak show. This is a novel about being human.
I bought this book, because of the reviews, and I wasn't disappointed! I really can't add much other then to say that it'll make you laugh, cry and reward you with an outstanding ending!!
Depression era circus, nursing home in 2005.. Not many authors could make this juxtaposition work the way that this book does. There is an amazing sense of "being there" in this audio production. You can smell the air, feel the heat, it's completely engrossing. The narration of the character is spot-on by both narrators. You can't ask for a better blend of story and sound!
I enjoyed this book. It was Like taking a little vacation. The narration was believable.The characters were interesting. I felt like I was in the circus with them all. Recomended!
One of the better listens of late. Story is told first person from 2 time perspectives with great naration, particularly from the elder "jacob".
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. The 2 narrators were awesome! I intended to buy this audio for long drives or flight, and I ended up finishing it so quickly. It's a rich storytelling that anyone can relate to. It makes you ponder upon your priorities in life, as life does pass by quickly. What if I live to be a hundred ? Which memories will I retain ? I enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha and Kite Runner. I was waiting for something similar - Life and culture. It's A Must read !
I have been an Audible member for several years and I have heard many many books. However, this is at the very top. The narration is fantastic and the story is just wonderful. Couldn't stop listening. Action, mystery, romance, humor and heartbreak all wrapped up in a great tale of people and circumstances we rarely ever hear about. Definitely worth downloading.
This book is very well written. The author does an outstanding job of capturing the feel of what life was like during the depression. By using the two narratives of the same character at different times in his life, the author kept me interested to see what the next chapter would bring. I think it was very poignant to hear the perspective of the older Jacob as he nears the end of his life.
I found the book to be compelling and could not wait to get back to listening every chance I had. Almost listened straight through.
Listening to Jacob at 93 probably will give most people a completely different understanding of the aging process. I certainly was able to identify some of his feelings with those of my older family.
And lastly, just a quick word about Rosie. She just captured my heart. What a doll!
Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story with good depth of characters.
The other reviews say most of what I thought. I would just like to add that Jacob at 90 or 93 was one of the most well drawn characters in any book I have ever read. Great story that you can't bear to leave, beautifully written and read but best of all, it gave rare insight into old age. Don't miss this one.