I was raving about this book after the first hour I listened to it, and then it was downhill after that. It became predictable and cliche. The characters, with the exception of the 90 year old Jacob, were two dimensional and pedestrian. After reading all the rave reviews, I was thoroughly disappointed.
Fantastic character study that primarily takes place under the big top during the depression; David LeDoux's narration makes a very likeable book loveable; the reader will feel characters' pain, agony, desires, conflicts... everything that makes a great character study. Certainly not a predictable story, this book has intrigue, passion and adventure.
There were so many spectacular reviews for this book I decided to give it a listen. While it had an interesting setting and unique characters the action was just not there unless you count the ending. I didn't NOT enjoy it but can not recommend it without reservations.
Couldn't finish it. Another book with many words and little plot. This is the last time I will follow an Audible.com recommendation.
I loved this book. Humanity towards those who used to be called freaks as well as humanity towards old people and animals. (All of which seem to be lacking today) A wonderful look at how we see things when we look below the surface.
I am a sucker for a good story
I normally read SciFi and Fantasy, but for some odd reason the title really drew me to this book. This is such a different genera from what I normal read . . . and I loved it. What a fantastic book.
Although this book has been well-received, I found it so boring that I lost interest in all the characters. About midway, I completely stopped caring about them. It seemed too contrived to me; also trite. The invisible elephant in the room for me is that this book is not worth the accolades. Plus, the elephant should have been a larger (pun intended) presence in the story.