I loved this book! Despite the fact that I had a hard time keeping names straight, it was an incredible story that spanned multiple lifetimes and experiences. This book has everything. Action, intrigue, romance, even a tad bit of horror.
There are a couple of holes, such as the main character doesn't seem real through the sheer amount of idiotic decisions and over emotional decisions he makes. Other than this, the story is wonderful!
This story had me excited, sad, hopeful... THE book about the wonder of books! I have listened to this many times and it never gets old!!! LOVE it!
a classic mystery and love story with many wonderful characters. the narrators pronunciation of the streets and sights of Spain brought an added richness to the story.
I am an artist, a writer, a healer, a hiker, a magic bean buyer and a once lost but now am found soul shining with all these beautiful stars
First, I love the story, and the overall idea- a mystery within a mystery; a book within a book. Very intriguing! I also want to give props to the narrorator as he did a wonderful job in capturing the characters.
That said, the further on in the book the more sappy it gets. Allowing for the romance of the Spanish culture which is lovely, but I honestly couldn't tell you if it were the story line or the way it was portrayed that made it over the top.
Then there is the piano. At first I thought it played in significant parts of the story for dramatic flare, but it seems to just pop up in random places, often times distracting from the poignancy in the storyline and even sometimes almost drowning out the narrorator.
It was pretty slow to start. I actually listened to couple of hours, went and finished three other books, and came back and finished it. And boy I'm glad I came back and finished it. It was such a beautiful story of love and loss. Narration was great and half way through the story I started enjoying taking the journey with the characters. Hang in there, you've found a gem.