It was a bitter-sweet story enhanced by listening to a recording with two readers who sounded age-appropriate. Wanted to read it in advance of movie with Rob Pattinson, can't wait. Technical problem with the recording, Audible seems to have mixed up parts one and two. The standard Audible intro and middle-section instructions about reaching the end of a part, but not the end.... are on the second (last download), but no introduction on the opening. A little confusing at first, wasn't sure I was at the beginning of the book.
This was one of those books that I was hesitant to push pause. I really enjoyed the story and the characters were so realistic. The villain has a side that is so like-able that you find yourself questioning the fact that he is a villain. The hero is flawed which makes him even better and the romance is wonderful yet downplayed. You actually care about Jacob and not just his relationships. The story shifts between past and present and without giving too much away the ending really brings it all together. This is an amazing read and i highly recommend picking it up.
I loved this book. The two narrators were perfect and add a great touch to such a wonderful novel.
One of the best parts of listening to a book on audio is when the narration ADDS to the story that would otherwise be lost if it were just simply read from a novel. The narration of the younger man and then the older man by two different narrators is what made this book 5 stars in addition to the story that just captivated me. Made me see circus life in a whole new way.
I was drawn into this book from the minute it started because of the actors. They did such an amazing job! I can still hear the "old" Jacob in my head when I think about the story. The voice of August was wonderful as well. Some books are just better listened to than read. Its like I'm attending a great performance every time I put my headphones on. It was a wonderful story as well!
I've been listening to audio books for years and have been an audible subscriber for ? 10 years maybe? A long time anyway.
A great listen
I'm a recovering librarian. Since I had a stroke in 2002 I have found reading print difficult. I am so grateful for audiobooks.
Wonderful description of the Depression era circus life in grizzly detail mixed with poignant and very funny sections of life in a nursing home.
Fully-fleshed characters, firm plot, tears at all the right places, gripping drama, two astounding narrators and a skillful author. Even the little bits of music added were perfect. I mourn the ending of this book but not the ending.