Former English and drama major, bookaholic.
I listened to this book on a road trip and actually stopped listening and downloaded a John Grisham book instead because, after awhile, the book became tedious. It is a good story but, for me,too much time is spent on each scene in order to make it resonate with the reader. I like historical fiction but I just didn't need to know so much stuff- it detracted from the story.
excruciating narrator and narrative! i think i may have finally learned my lesson about caring if a book has won any prizes! in my experience, such accolades are rarely indicative of what is worth reading.
the story for me was very slow. maybe i just didnt give it long enough since other reviews were great, but there are so many great books out there i hated to waste my time.
I found this fascinating but hard to follow. I don't know if it was cut out for audio because as you were listening it felt like it was jumping around and I wasn't always sure what was going on. I think I will read her sequel to this rather than listen. I wasn't sure if I liked it while I was listening but now that it is over I find myself thinking of the novel quite a bit.
Though this book received awards I personally found it to be too long and tedious. I was unable to finish it.
50% of it!
I am a huge fan of this era and I know a lot about the characters. If I hadn't, I would have been completely lost. The author and narrator combine to deliver a complete disaster. Unlike Edward Rutherfurd or Ildefonso Falcones this author was unable to pull off the necessary threading that ties together a story like this.
This book is very difficult to follow. I listen while I drive. This book does not keep my attention. I am not sure that I will even download the second half of this listen.