As a 4 year veteran of Audible, I can say with confidence that this is the most outstanding book I have encountered. The story was unique and imaginative, suspensful and endearing.
It is the narration, however, that brings this book to life. Clever distinctions between characters of the young Jacob, superb pacing and emotion from the older Jacob.
I would not be surprised to see this under the Awards category. Not to be missed.
Well read and well written, are the first thoughts I have about this book. The author and the readers capture the experience of the characters and the plot is well done from beginning to end. A story about hope, love, grief and change. I will recommend it to all persons working with the elderly because it illustrates the importance of hearing the the story that every person has to tell.
It will leave you smiling.
i tend to pick books from best sellers lists and reviews and this did not disappoint. i was unsure of the circus theme...but the story line was so much more. this ranks right up there with 'secret life of bees' - which is my all time favorite book! a must read!
What a great jewel of a story to find. I'm new to Audio and I was just browsing all the lists. This caught my eye for some reason, and I can't believe how it paid off. I'm usually into thrillers and cops, but this was just like watching a good old b&w movie, one where you just feel great when it is over.
The two periods in time, are done really well, and the readers are great.
I couldn't wait to get back into the car and get the story back on.
Just a fantastic story! From the beginning I was wrapped up in the story. The characters are real and wonderful, and the story is fascinating and heart wrenching. By the end I was grinning from ear to ear as my eyes teared up, and laughing out loud, all at the same time.
Not a circus fan but loved this story..... it was done well and held my attention. Good characters and good story with a nice ending, so many writers struggle with a good ending.
What a story teller. The transposition between the old man and the story of his youth in the circus was just perfect.
I recommend this to anyone who loves good story telling.
Excellent narration with a captivating plot... I highly recommend this story. The two narrators do a wonderful job. The story is very well written. Don't miss this book!
I loved this book. The storys told around circus life from long ago just added to the drama of young love and how it can beat evil.
I was hooked and captivated from the beginning. The characters were alive with real thoughts and feelings and the narrators were literally in the room with me. It's the first book that I immediately had to reread, and now I have to have a hard copy for my library to read and digest at my leisure. It's the first Sara Gruen book that I've read, but now I have to find her others. What an author!