This book was a delight, from beginning to end. I found the tale to be compelling, and the reader did a terrific presentation of the various characters.
This is a wonderful book that takes a small part of Jewish history and expands it into a full story. It feels similar to "The Red Violin" and is wonderfully written and told.
Like many other previous reviews, the narrator is terrible. Enough said. Horrible accents.
The book is entertaining, and I am glad that I listened to it. But it is just OK. I found the narrator and main character kind of annoying. And the writer's use of metaphors and similes is OUT OF CONTROL. Just too many.
Tried listening to this book 2 different times and finally just have to accept I bought a dud. The plot appeared interesting but the author didn't make it work and the reader was soooooooooo bad it was enough for me to give up on People of the Book. Had to give it a 1 to post this rating but it's not even a 1 for the reader.
I listen on my commute home.
This story had annoying logical flaws but was ok if you could get past them. But the overdone accents from the narrator were awful. Part Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle, part Count Chocula, with some painful, shrill, whining parts thrown in for good measure.
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I'm not usually one to go for historical fiction, but this book grabbed me and wouldn't let go! Pay close attention or you will easily miss something. The stories woven into the tale of the Jewish artifact (I say Jewish, but the author makes the artifact in question an intriguing meld of Jewish-Muslim-Christian origin) are intricately detailed and the narrator breathes life into the already vivid words and into the characters. I have always been aware of and frustrated by religious intolerance and stories of pogroms and the inquisition, but have not really understood on such a gut level the horrors people have endured in the face of religious zealotry. It also brings humanity, kindness and heroism into focus in the face of such zealotry. Please ignore the harshest criticism of the narrator. Everyone has a different ear and some who criticize the most hadn???t even finished the book. Listen, enjoy and be educated!
I’d never read anything by Geraldine Brooks, but the premise of the story intrigued me. I’d read no reviews, and had no idea what to expect. I started this story with low expectations and mentally prepared to bail on it and go to something else if it didn’t grab me pretty quickly.
It grabbed me quickly, and held on through the entire story.
The story is a most excellent one, and Brooks does a tremendous job of painting characters that you can believe in and identify with. She masterfully weaves her tale back and forth through history, intertwining it perfectly with the life of the main character. Brooks is high on my list as an author that I want to read more of – I REALLY like how she writes.
The story is a fabricated “what if” history of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah. While the reader knows that both the back story (history of the book) and the main character (a book conservator/restorer) are fictional, they’re so well crafted I found myself wanting them to be real. Ms Brooks outstanding research on the times and people of which she writes makes the history lesson in itself worth the read. Moreover, the voices she pulls from the story seem so authentic I found myself impressed over and over as the story unfolded.
Listening to books, it’s common to find an author and story I like, but have the story ruined by poor narration. What a delight to experience this recording though, as the actress who does the narration (Edwina Wren) is the perfect physical voice for this story, and does an absolutely wonderful job. Ms Wren enhances and improves the telling of the story with her outstanding narration.
I loved the way this story was tied together! It is the story of an ancient book and all the people who have preserved it. It is a story of religion and art. It is also a kind of mystery as the main character investigates and uncovers the secrets that the book contains.
My wife read this book for book club and enjoyed it. As I considered whether to listen to it, I was worried about the negative reviews of the narrator, but I enjoyed the accents and didn't think they were over the top at all. Enjoyed the story a lot.
This is one of those stories you don't want to end. While it left me hungry for more historical info or, rather, clarification of it what is historical or fictional, I enjoyed every well-drawn and excellently narrated minute.