This is by far one of the best books I have ever "read" I loved the story, and the readers. It was the first book that everyone in my whole book club loved. We all agreed that the writer wrote in a style that we all identified with. I knew when I read that "the tuba's farted", that this would be a special novel. I learned so much about the circus and the depression era. I recommend this to everyone...
What a dynamite story - I loved the recall way in which it was written, starting off with the memory of age and then going through the past. This is one of those rare reads that I have listened to more than twice. I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I listened to the entire thing on an overseas flight in one sitting, that is quite a feat for me. I loved the characters and the animals were wonderfully described (Queenie made me miss my dog even more than normal), and the narration was nothing less than superb.
Other reviewers comment on the wonderful and unusual story. But, the narrators. There are two, one who speaks as the protagonist in his 20s (and in the 1930s) and the other in his 90s. The former is good. The latter is extraordinary as an old man in a nursing home. The writer gives a touching view of one living out his last days in a situation many of us will experience. A bit scary.
Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.
Wonderful story. Excellent performances. A true delight to get to look forward to each commute in my car - just to get to hear the next installment of this wonderful audiobook!
What a wonderful story! I enjoyed both readers, very easy to listen to on my morning walks. I couldn't wait to hit the pavement in the morning just so I could listen to the book. I was pleasantly surprised!
I am amazed how much I love this book since I was hesitant to invest a lot of time on a fictional novel about circus people. Was I surprised to find this novel was packed full of suspense, drama, mystery, survival and romance. The book is so incredible, I could hardly put it down. I like a well rounded story with all the elements of suspense, drama, action, mystery, romance and believable characters, and this one has it all and lots more. Can't remember the last time I read a book that brought real tears to my eyes. Bravo to the author and the wonderful narrators!
I couldn't ask for more. This book was interesting, engaging, funny, tragic and heartwarming. I loved it and recommended it to a half dozen friends after listening. What a great time. I didn't want it to end.