I really enjoyed this one. If you have any elderly people in your life, it will make you want to sit and talk to them. The two different readers greatly adds realism to a story covering most of a life time.
Gruen does a masterful job capturing the complex emotions of being old, forgotten by loved ones and pandered to by caretakers. I thought the audio performances by the two readers were excellent.
The story was pretty good, but the story telling was very good. Brilliant work by the narrators. I enjoyed the older and younger gentlemen chiming in at different points in the main character's life.
This was a very enjoyable book. The reader was excellent, both the older character as well as his younger self. The content was interesting, and unusual.
I loved this book. I enjoyed having two readers to differentiate between the two ages of the main character. I always hope for a good read and this did not disappoint.
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!