Wow. If you download one thing from Audible.com, let it be this. Ann Patchett condenses the essence of life into one book, and writes with such wisdom and beauty that it makes you weep. I didn't want it to end!
Gen Wantanabe- Anna wins us over to him from the start, with the gently voice she uses, and his way of always doing the right thing.
Yes, I did cry.
Nothing else I've downloaded from Audible even comes close to this quality of writing. Why don't you carry more literary fiction?
This is a story lyrically told, read by a versatile voice artist who can capture the nuance and drama.
The narrator was very good in reflecting the voices of each character.
The story itself. Each character was equally defined. You rooted for both the hostages and the hostage takers.
I did want to continue to read it in one sitting but it was too long to do so. But reading it in so many chapters at a time made the story last--it was one I did not want to end.
I highly recommend this book to listen to even at its length. Anna Fields voice is a pleasure to listen to. And, as mentioned before, she really captured each character fully.
I'm not even finished listening to the audiobook (almost done), and I'm already looking forward to reading/listening to another Ann Patchett. This is my first Ann Patchett book and I've fallen in love with her prose and with her stories.
I thought the narrarator Anna Fields, brought just the right tone and nuace to the story. Her voice made it easy for me to feel as thought I were there, almost a part of the group.
The ending was surprising, and although I'm not entirely sure I liked it, I could see no other way to bring the story to some kind of resolution.
Everything. Tone, pausing, changes in inflections - soft/hard/kind/stern. It was as if she knew each character and could introduce them to us exactly as they should be.
It was interesting enough, but I can't listen for longer than a few hours before I start becoming distracted. I did however, immediately start listening to it the minute I was out for a walk, bike ride, etc.
Loved it which surprised me. Wasn't sure it would hold my attention, but it did. I really enjoyed the characters (although the adoration of one of the characters became a bit much as some points.)
i'd definitely recommend this book. It's a great story and very original. Ann Patchet has a way of using mythic material but in a way that feels very real. She does the most important thing an author can do. She makes you want to know what happens next. She also balances many characters but still makes each one memorable.
When Carmen finally gets the nerve to approach Gen to yeah her how to read.
I liked the reading. She added a lot to the book. My one caveot was that she seemed to have one foreign accent regardless of what language the speaker spoke.
Prisoners of Edan
Engrossing and Tragic
I loved all the individual characters, but I think that Mr. Hosokawa sticks in my mind the most. A business man who had little time for his family, he was the most changed by these events.
Anna Fields did such an amazing narration of this book. She brought life to all the characters, male and female in many foreign languages. Amazing!
Gen was the most memorable for me. He brought guests and terrorists together in a way that would not have been possible without his interpretations.
Read/listen to this book. You won't be sorry. I listened to State of Wonder for my book club and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to read another Ann Patchett book. I chose this one for it's unusual premise. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Ann Patchett's style reminds me of an old master painting. She starts with the grounding, and then gradually adds the lights, the darks, and the mid-values. Ultimately, after many semi-transparent layers, an intricate and beautiful image emerges. You will fall in love with the characters and the story.