I've read this book half a dozen times, and it is, without a doubt, the best book I've ever read! I was able to convince some of my favorite people to listen to the audio book, as they aren't big into reading, and had them in tears. Absolutely amazing.
What I loved most about this story was so much or the ordinariness of life was intertwined with the heartbreak of war. The language was beautiful and also the narrator did such a great job I was completely lost in the story. Even the occasional German word was said with an accent appropriate to southern Germany. Which was another thing I loved - the inclusion of German slang and idioms but with very unobtrusive translations. I have listened to many books and this is one of my top 10, maybe even top 5.
This book is AMAZING, a true work of literary art. The words on the page itself are strong, but they are brought to life through the narration. The characters and their voices were so compelling and I can't wait to listen to this story again. Thank you for a new classic.
Side note: very helpful to listen to the book with all the German words and pronunciation. However, I would recommend a paperback copy as well- to see how the text is organized and the sketches, sample books, etc.
right from the start I was overwhelmed by the author's style... the pairing of color and emotion was nothing short of a delicious treat for my ears. the narrator's voice is a perfect pairing... like chocolate with a rich red wine. the story is captivating and i especially love the persona of the "spirit" relaying the story. i know I will re-listen for years to come and add a hard copy to my library (reserved for only a select few).
Working mom who listens on the go
struggled to finish this one. I just couldn't get in to it. heard great things from others though
I completely enjoyed the write, weaving and and narration of this book. What a great perspective to give.
This book worked on every level: compelling and moving story, multi-dimensional characters, rich themes and great narration! Recommend to anyone who enjoys great fiction!