If you like Anita Shreve, (and I do), you'll love this book. Very thought provoking, and has you finding sympathy with unlikely characters. I was really torn about my reactions to this book...Highly recommend it!
Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
I fell in love with Anita Shreve years ago, in college. I read "All He Ever Wanted" and "The Last Time They Met". However, I never was able to get into Bodysurfing, and although I own all of her books on my shelf, it's been a long time since I finished her novels.
I downloaded this novel and started listening. It is an incredibly delicate story, written by an author whose novels are classy and poignant, even when dealing with sensational or taboo subjects. The narrators are the best of the best. They bring this story to life. Some books are even better an audio and this is one of them. This performance reminds me of why I love the delicate but heartbreaking writing of Anita Shreve!
Pointss out interconectivity as we selfishly pursue our adolescent obsessions, the extreme idolatry of woman.
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.
Disturbing but worthy story line. Great cast of multiple readers. This is the only Anita Shreve novel I have "read" so far.
The naration in this audiobook makes listening to it a chore. I should learn to listen to other reviewers regarding poor naration before wasting a credit. The storyline, however, is very interesting and I'm sure would be a great book to read in print.
Generally I do not care for audio programs with multiple readers, I prefer a single narrator, but this was done well. The story was well told and kept me coming back to follow its development, even though the author purposefully foreshadows certain key plot developments.
This just didn't catch me. I appreciate trying to get out the perspectives of all relations in this type of story, but it doesn't work for me. Maybe that is why I am losing interest in Jodi Piccoult's books lately.
The story goes from one person to another, from one time setting to another ...it is confusing when listening to it and might work better in print. But beyond that, it went nowhere.
The narration changes didn't bother me. All did well to present their character.
The ending was especially dissappointing. It wasn't a happy ending (which is okay for me), but it seemed like it jut left you hanging. No one got off scott free, in the end.
I would strongly reccommend other books by Anita Shreve, but not this one.
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.