voracious and eclectic reader
I think I would've enjoyed this novel more if I had read it. I still intend to get the book.
The narration was not bad. Actually I enjoyed the narrator up to a point. The Indian accent was perfect for this character and I enjoyed the story. However, the author tends to go off on many tangents that take away from the pacing of the plot. If I were reading this, I would be able to get through those points much faster. Listening to it just became agonizing. I kept wanting to yell---"get on with it!!!" The slow pacing just made me tired, and since I listen to audiobooks while exercising, this is not a good thing. And I felt that the narrator just made the slow pacing of the book even slower with his pain-staking enunciation.
I am still perplexed by all of the high ratings for this book. I am kicking myself for using two credits. First, it is clear that the author is a physician with painfully detailed medical jargon while describing one of the many surgeries that occur within the book. I almost think he wrote this book for his medical students and surgeons in training to teach them about the art of surgery. The only way to enjoy this book is to get into the characters because the plot is thin. I did not get into the characters at all. I kept hoping the plot would pick up or I would start to care about some of the characters. I almost did near the end but that fleeting interest crashed when the author would start to describe another surgery. I am amazed I finished the book. A word to the wise, pass and save your 2 credits.
Hi I'm Brad. I love history and historical fiction. I have found that the Narrator makes a huge difference in reading vs listening
my picking a book based on others reviews...It may be that Im just not into this at this time and may have to re-listen later...just can't get into this though...
The description was much more interesting than the book. I am sorry that I spent money on this. Very slow and boring. Ultimately, I quit listening. Save your money and buy something else.
I enjoyed this book overall. The characters develop nicely, as does the story, but it is full of medical jargon that will appeal only to those in the field.
Tiresome book. Filled with useless minutiae. Might be a pretty good story but with some serious editing..... like, eliminate 35% of it.
I am an English lit major, a writer (non-fiction), like to learn about history from fiction, love the classics, but also a good yarn that distracts me from present troubles. Like stories I can't put down.
This is a very long time to spend (and two precious credits!) to realize that a soap opera story imposed on "Gray's Anatomy" does not amount to real literature. Medical expertise and jargon does not amount to knowledge of the human soul! Do not waste your time.
This story is very well-written, and the narraration is excellent. It is full of beautiful little passages that are poetic and poignant - profound thoughts that describe the human experience masterfuly. These are the things that kept my interest.
However, for me, the long story was difficult to love. The characters were not especially charismatic; they didn't really win my heart. And there are a lot of graphic descriptions of surgeries and illnesses, some of which were difficult to listen to.
I did appreciate the inside look from points of view and different worlds that I never would have otherwise seen - Ethiopia, the struggling hospital in the Bronx, the perspective of an immigrant medical intern... All of these things were fascinating, but in the end, the book left me feeling kind of sad. I guess I am an escapist who is better suited to fantasy and more entralling types of tales.
I see that the price has gone up to 2 credits since I bought it - I don't know that it would have been worth that for me.
I struggled through the entire book, anticipating that it would get good and justify the high ratings from other reviewers. Sadly it never did get good, and I'm sorry I even started listening to this tedious story. The story just bogs down and keeps bogging down. The plot is pedestrian, being the diary of a life beginning in a third world country. The medical information is not particularly interesting, but it is the only interesting component of the book. The characters are simply boring and slog through life with little excitement and mystery. I don't know what planet these reviewers are on who give it five stars. It needs to be edited, abridged down to half its length, and then it would still be boring, but at least not so much a waste of time to listen to it.