I bought this book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by the story, the writing and the narration. This book is wonderful for book lovers and history buffs alike, combining the two into an expose of a sliver of the history of the jews, together with interesting facts about book preservation and the relevance of both in today's society.
Overall, this book was an enjoyable read. There were a few things that brought my rating down.
First, I felt a bit confused from time to time. Perhaps the confusion was a result of the audiobook format. If I was reading it in another format, I could have flipped back and forth for the timeline. I was at the second last vignette before I figured out that the author was telling the stories from the most recent to the oldest.
Second, I thought the ending was a bit weak. It seemed to go flat.
Last, I think the narrator did a fair job. I would listen to her again. My issue was with some of her accents. When she spoke in an Yiddish accent, she rolled her h's that sounded like she was horking out a goober. Others, she threw in a lisp to achieve the accent. I think the stpry would have been better served to have her team up with Paul Michael to do the male accents. She was fine with her own Australian voice and when she did the American voices.
Other than those complaints, I appreciated the premise of the novel - giving the Haggadah a timeline as it was created and handled by various people throughout its 500 year history. Each story not only chronicled the history of the book, but also the tribulations faced by the Jews.
This is a complex story that is well-crafted. I looked forward to my morning commute if only because I could listen to a new chapter each day. Once finished, I immediately searched for additional titles narrated by Edwina Wren. Her Aussie accent captured completely all the qualities I imagined in the central character, Hannah, as well as the myriad other characters of various nationalities and time periods.
Linda in Omaha
An amazing, indepth story about a magnificant book written and illustrated hundreds of years ago, and how it could have been passed down through generations, and of the people who would have owned the book at various times in history and managed to preserve it through displacement and war.
A very intriguing story, and the narrator did a fantastic job of defining the caractures with tone of voice and linguistic accents. However, I listen to my audible books while driving, and usually in 1 hour periods. Occasionally I lost track of which caracture I was listening to. I think if I could listen for longer streches of time I could have kept track better.
Still, it was a very imaginative and interesting story. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of people and the world.
I've listened to this book twice already, and expect to again. Geraldine Brooks is a topnotch writer, and the narration is perfect. It is a totally engrossing story and stands way above most fiction.
I downloaded this with trepidation as so many reviewers disliked the reader. I think she did a fine job. I agree some of her accents were overdone but she is a good, well paced reader. The story is very interesting and kept me completely engaged.
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.