the book was good until you realize that 3/4 of a way into the book it is sophie's choice in a different package. relation ship characteristics are the same. the narration is good, i like it when books choose different actors for different characters. Good but NOT great
I find a reason to laugh everyday!
I do not understand all the five stars. I couldn't disagree more. This amateur effort is nowhere near a classic. The plot is thin and the characters woefully undeveloped. At times it read like a cheap bodice ripper (romance novel). The author repeatedly required suspension of disbelief which this reader could not do. Bright spot: the old Jacob narrator was good and old Jacob's story was enjoyable. But this could not carry the book. I struggled to read the whole thing, and unfortunately I shouldn't have bothered.
I didn’t find this to be a great adventure book. It’s kind of a weird circus romance story. It’s not bad but not what I enjoy. Good reminder that I don’t want to grow old and feeble.
Disappointing. #1 novel on Audible in 2006?! I'd categorize it a "cheap dime novel", as we used to refer to books cranked out by authors who stooped to adding sordid events with the hope of attracting more readers. Every other chapter in this book has some unnecessary titillating account with cheap sexual descriptions.
I barely made it though the first four chapters of the book before I just couldn't listen to it anymore. I'm disappointed as I had heard it was a good book. For one, the language is too offensive for me to continue listening to. Another reason is that there is a disgusting scene described with a circus prostitute. Need I say more? I wish someone had warned me in a review before I spent the money and time downloading it. So if you don't watch R rated movies and even get offended at some PG-13 rated movies, then this book isn't for you either and you won't have to waste your time or money.
I bought this title based on enthusiastic, almost cultist reviews and its place on the bestseller lists. I found the plot tendentious and trite, and the protagonist both weak and unattractive. I quit about 1/2 way through. I later learned of a number of others who greatly disliked this book. So, before purchasing, be aware that as great as some are calling it, there are a lot of folks who not only dislike it, but think it's junk.
I think people who can get past big chunks of uninteresting parts in a book might find this book good.
I never finished the book, and considering I don't really have to go to any amount of effort to listen to an audio book, it kinda shows that either it's a boring book, or it really wasn't for me. I think it just took too long to cut to the chase, I think I was about 3 hours in and nothing interesting had happened yet.
The narration was good, the voices seemed like they matched the characters.
Disappointment; I had read a few reviews in favour of the book and a few people being ridiculous about their distain for some explicit parts in the book. So the fact that I didn't actually see any constructive criticism gave me the idea that the book would at least be "listen-to-able"; but alas it wasn't.
Loved every minute reader, story and everything about it................really did not think I wold like it at all..............just could not stop listening..........Great just hated it had to end
I did not really love it , but I enjoyed it
it is a good story not amazing but entertaining