Makes you think about consequences, what ifs, causes and effects. It was sometimes slow, and several of the voices (particularly Silas's) did not fit the characters. On the other hand, Sienna's voice (one of the most difficult to cast, I imagine) was perfect. Rob's mother's story was told in 2nd person, which was offputting for me. The story itself was complex and told in segments which sometimes were confusing as to chronology, but all in all, it was a good experience.
I loved hearing the story from the point of view of different characters.
The ending was something I did not see coming!
The narrators added emotion and personality to each character
I think Testimony is a perfect title
I love the way it is narrated by a voice for each character. The music works well too. It's more than just an audio book.
Lot's of them. Of course the end but I liked the narration for "the girl" whose name eludes me. I wondered if that personality came across so well in the book.
The varied cast of characters.
Probably Mike. Mostly because he had the quality in which you liked him and disliked him, he was sympathetic and annoying at the same time.
It's a good book to listen too.
This is one of those books I am so glad I listened to instead of read. The cast of narrators really brings a differentiation and personality to each character, as if you were really listening to different people tell their version of the same story.
This is a story of misconceptions, flawed choices, overreactions, and assumptions, all told through the testimony of witnesses. Not only does Shreve skillfully display how each person's interpretation of an event can be subtly or even substantially different, but the different voices provide complexity for the listener to sort through.
Very well done, and worth the listen.
I adore Anita Shreve's books. They are always deep profiles of what goes on inside a person's mind. very twisty, never loses my interest.
I agree with a few of the other reviews- some of the narrations on this recording were a little annoying and distracting (specifically, Silas's chapters drove me nuts). However, this definitely didn't ruin the whole book for me; I found it generally engaging and thought-provoking. A good story with at least one terrible casting choice.
This was a great listen, I really enjoyed the book and there were a few twists that I didn't see coming. The narrative style was perfect, the whole idea of a "cast" reading was great for the structure of the book. I have always been a fan of Anita Shreve, and this book doesn't disappoint.
Good story, compelling characters and style. Unfortunately, many of the 'actors' narrating here are so overly dramatic, it was like listening to bad community theater, or worse. Made it impossible to focus on the story; I had to stop listening halfway through, and ended up checking the book out of the library to finish the story (kind of defeats the purpose of an audiobook, don't you think?)
I have listened to other multiple cast audiobooks, that were done well, with realistic actors/narrators as the characters. This is definitely NOT one of them. Save your audiobook credit, and do what I did----read the actual book itself.
Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.
Although it felt slow at the start I was engrossed just in time to realize that there was more going on in this novel than meets the readers' eye at the outset. Anita Shreve rarely disappoints, and this book is no exception. The episodic style of the narrative is well managed -- I enjoyed it.