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!
One of the better listens of late. Story is told first person from 2 time perspectives with great naration, particularly from the elder "jacob".
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. The 2 narrators were awesome! I intended to buy this audio for long drives or flight, and I ended up finishing it so quickly. It's a rich storytelling that anyone can relate to. It makes you ponder upon your priorities in life, as life does pass by quickly. What if I live to be a hundred ? Which memories will I retain ? I enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha and Kite Runner. I was waiting for something similar - Life and culture. It's A Must read !
I have been an Audible member for several years and I have heard many many books. However, this is at the very top. The narration is fantastic and the story is just wonderful. Couldn't stop listening. Action, mystery, romance, humor and heartbreak all wrapped up in a great tale of people and circumstances we rarely ever hear about. Definitely worth downloading.
This book is very well written. The author does an outstanding job of capturing the feel of what life was like during the depression. By using the two narratives of the same character at different times in his life, the author kept me interested to see what the next chapter would bring. I think it was very poignant to hear the perspective of the older Jacob as he nears the end of his life.
I found the book to be compelling and could not wait to get back to listening every chance I had. Almost listened straight through.
Listening to Jacob at 93 probably will give most people a completely different understanding of the aging process. I certainly was able to identify some of his feelings with those of my older family.
And lastly, just a quick word about Rosie. She just captured my heart. What a doll!
Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story with good depth of characters.
The other reviews say most of what I thought. I would just like to add that Jacob at 90 or 93 was one of the most well drawn characters in any book I have ever read. Great story that you can't bear to leave, beautifully written and read but best of all, it gave rare insight into old age. Don't miss this one.
I love a great, well read story. This is both. I truly felt "with" Jacob as he recounted his story. I laughed, worried, became enraged, cried and then as it ended I just smiled with complete satisfaction. I have Elana, August, Walter, Uncle Al, Rosey and dear Rosemary pictured in my mind with great clarity.
I have listened to many books and this is the best ever. I am telling everyone I know to listen to this wonderful book.
I loved this book so much! The story was compelling, the characters were loveable (and hate-able as pertains to the evil characthers!). I loved the sweet, loyal Rosie and that the story left me with a good feeling and an insight into understanding elderly people. Don't miss this one.
I am another that doesn't like circuses and did not think I would like this book. I was certainly wrong as this is an inciteful story, well read by both narrators. I had trouble stopping listening and nearly went through the 12 hours non-stop. The perspective of the 23 and 90 or 93 year old man was brilliant. The author nailed this one and I could easily put myself in the old mans place. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an interesting story, well told.
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.