Reader And Listener
Mine downloaded in such a way that Part 2 was below Part 1 on the i-pod (and was labeled "Part 1." Anyway, I listened to Part 3 before Part 2 and TBH it didn't really matter. For those who don't like what earlier reviewers referred to as "too much backstory," you could probably skip Part 2 altogether.
I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. It's beautifully written, and read with perfection. The characters are interesting and complex, the setting intriguing, and the humanity ever present. Read/listen to this book now. Don't wait!!!
I'm what Willis was talking about!
Such a complete and wonderful story with fully developed characters who you come to know and love... Really great!
Possibly, the reader Sunil Mahotra did a spectacular job
How well the characters were developed, the interplay with the real turmoil going on in that time period.
Great listen, got a thumbs up across the board from our book club both as an audio book and a good read. I have recommended it to others.
Would go back and relisten in the future. The story was compelling but the performance was outstanding. Combined to be a 5 star entry
I will most certainly listen to this book again. I enjoy books which help me understand cultures other than my own. This book took me inside of an Ethiopian world which I would otherwise never experience. I found the medical descriptions authentic & fascinating in particular because I have physicians in my family and understand that brilliant minds do not always fit in well with the world.Also, having friends who are refugees and immigrants and what people sacrifice for a life in the US always humbles me.
Primarily because of the twin theme I would compare this book to I know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. The honesty and tone of the book are also comparable.
This is one of the best books ever. I couldn't wait to listen to the book. The characters become part of your family they are so real. I am disappointed that there are not more books to listen to.
I loved everything about this book. It was a long journey that was riveting from the start to the finish. I loved the characters and their stories. I laughed, I cried, I could not put this down. For some reason, it took me a long time to pull the trigger on this one, but I am glad I did.
Wow... what a great book. It took me a few chapters to get hooked but once you are familiar with the characters you'll be taking the long way to work and home, or working out longer. It has all the intelligent ingredience of a good movie... love, hate, war, death, history without over dramatization. It is not a sappy love story but it's all about love and sacrifice. I will listen to this one again in the future and recommend it to anyone who is not into vampires.
I loved this story and the reader is excellent. It incorporates some African (Ethiopian) history tidbits that it most U.S. citizens do are not exposed to. It really gave one the sense of being in Ethiopia during that time. Sometimes the story gets a bit far fetched, but it has that fable feeling, main character is a bit dreamy about the girl - that was hard to believe at times. Other than that, it's written so well that some of the lines and thoughts stop me in my tracks.