This is an audible production I will now READ in order to savor the words as they were meant to be experienced. The narrator reads too quickly and in an infuriating sort of sing-song, both of which rob this imaginative story of its lyricism and gravitas. I felt as though I were listening to an adolescent with no life experience read a story with which she really couldn't resonate. Very frustrating! I kept going only in deference to the writer. New narrator please.
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
How deceiving it is with its haunting message and surprise ending
I can't think of anything off hand as it's so unique
Life wasn't meant to be straight
Some say the narrator was distracting - and I can understand why, as she is rather 'sing song' and very happy, probably too happy. But that's the point, I think. Even though it's a haunting story, Sylvie is a transient but happy with her lot and although the circumstances for the girls might be grim, there is a solution! Being happy go lucky and not weighed down with responsibilities might seem careless to some, but the very fact that there are choices in life is the point of the story. To have narrated this story with a more grave or solemn voice would have taken away the light heartedness intended, in my opinion. Maybe a more 'wistful' reading, without so much 'sing song' would've made it better?
Beautifully written -- lyrical, one might say -- with a story that unfolds as quietly and unexpectedly as a flower. It's suddenly there, and you know so much about the characters' lives without being aware of that unfolding. The reader has an exceptionally pleasant voice, and a style of delivery perfectly suited to the material. A great experience overall.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
The prose in this book is like pure poetry. . . and I learned to love it after the first 10-15 minutes of listening. It was unexpected, but captivating. For me, the narration was superb, although others find fault. It is difficult to dissect this book, because it is a story of memories and relationships and human idiosyncrasy in the raw. Enjoyable and relatively short in duration.
The reader is flat, way too fast, chipper in a thoughtless way, the wrong approach all together. I made myself listen to half of it but then was so irritated by the reading that I had to give it up. It was terminally distracting.
The writing is wonderful, the story is melancholy but deep, the sister love and survivor sense is so touching. I will buy the book to read the rest of it and savor it myself.
100% spoiled it, in ways I say above. The reading felt disrespectful of the writing, and careless of the listener.
None. I don't imagine myself as editor, and don't need to edit Marilynne Robinson.
Who casts the readers for these wonderful books? Does someone direct the reader? Have they ever read the book they are putting into audio form? Has the reader ever read the book? Like really read it, contemplated it, before doing it on air? It just should have been a fine, sensitive reader who knows pacing and who has a feeling for the characters and the long, subtle-hued drama that this book portrays. So disappointing.
I had a really hard time listening to this one. it just didn't hold my attention. There were parts that were better than others. But I found her inner monologue very distracting.
I love this book. I also really like the readers voice - with one criticism. She reads a little too fast for the reflective nature of the material. Still a very enjoyable book though.
Some review made me expect more. Well written, somewhat captivating but at the end i just don't see enough arguments or personally have any insight into to struggles presented to appreciate the outcome.