No. I kept trying, but got tired of waiting for something besides random thoughts to happen.
I could not care about the character.
No, I could not finish it.
McEwan relies more heavily on character development than plot in this tale of a day's events, but what great character development it is. The reader hits a great tone. Thoroughly enjoyable.
This book talks about life moving along smoothly. Career and family is at their highest potential. Looking for the next frontier to explore without seeing how life has blessed him already. Lacks ability to communicate love and appreciation to family.
When life takes a trip down a road that takes away your breath and stops your heart from beating in the blink of an eye. Life goes through a reevaluation that makes you stop in your direction you we're traveling in.
This is now the time that the decision that is made contains life and death with every thought and action made.
Great Read! Enjoy
Having read through the reviews, I was a little worried about those who said that this book was slow. I often listen when I am running, and I like novels to keep moving along. Theoretically, I suppose you could say that this book is slow, but the carefully building action is so carefully set up, the book is as dramatic as most I have read (or listened) to. Terrorism lurks in the background, allowing for reflection on our post-9/11 world, but really I think this book is a meditation on the nature of life itself and our place as parents and children. McEwan is such a careful writer; each word and phrase is staked out so as to later lead you into a new insight. I can't do justice to this book in my review; just buy it. If you enjoy other McEwan books and you want something that will make your head full of rich reflections on life while sometimes also hanging on the edge of your seat for the next piece of action, this is the book for you. Wonderful narration, too.
I can't imagine this book being read any better
I have listened to hundreds of audio books. This is my favorite of all and the only novel I've ever listened twice. Capturing the various thoughts of a person's everyday thoughts, feelings and ideas so well and yet so subtlety was very impressive and is what makes this book a masterpiece, in my opinion. My favorite audio book and possibly my favorite of any book I have ever read.
I was reading the book for a class on 21st Century British Lit. Had I not been reading this for a class, I may not have made it to the end. It took a very long time for anything at all to happen and when it finally did... Well, you will see... if you make it that far. There's a dragging quality, lots of day dreaming and set up for later occurrences. Not as much a question of time well spent as just the fact that it takes a really long time to finally feel like you are into the plot.
There are lots of changes I would have made to make it a little more believable. However, I would be giving away the story and since there's not much that happens I would like to leave a little suspense for future readers.
The narration is very slow and has lots of pauses. I had downloaded on my Mac and for some reason this recording would not allow me to speed up the narration.
I really see no need for a follow up book.
I really enjoyed this book! All of the action takes place in 24 hours and the prose is quite beautiful.
The writing is wonderful. How anyone could spend so much time writing about one day is beyond me. I didn't find the story that compelling but the writing was very good so perhaps it was worth it.
This book works especially well as an audiobook because it is a first person rendering - the thoughts of a happy, successful doctor as he lives through a series of very unsettling events. Literary fiction can be tough to follow in audio, but in this case the insights and descriptive passages came clearly through the voice of the key character.