Did not like being told how it was going to end and then waited a long long time for the 2nd shoe to fall.
It should have been a shorter book
Yes, she is great as usual.
I did love the characters, flawed and quirky.
If you like a book of characters and character interaction, as well as surprise and suspense, you will love this book.
Do not be fooled by the surface situational description of this book as I was. I had owned it for years and never read it because I was not so interested in a book about hostages. However this book only uses the situation as a vehicle to explore human relationships and it is wonderful, gripping, and impossible to stop listening.
This book took my breath away. I held on to every word. The narration was complex enough to make me concentrate and focus on the characters. The story was beautiful, I could hear the song, feel the heat, the fright, the love that unfolded during their ordeal. I did not cry in the end for those that died. Terrorists and hostages alike were given the rare opportunity to truly live in the moment, to experience all that really matters in life.
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
I have been ruminating about this book for days. I was completely caught up in it, in love with it, swept away with it and then came the ending. It was so sudden that I felt betrayed and cast aside like a lover who is dropped with no phone call or explanation. Now, 3 days later, I have come to terms with the author. She wrote a book about a period of suspended time, outside of ordinary reality. When that time ended and reality hit, she wrapped it up quickly, in a shocking denouement that made this reader feel like the characters must have. I think I get it now... I am adding one more star.
This book takes you to another place.Love stories and human relationships that make you fall over and over again for that human connection we long for always...
It took me a little while to get into this book, but it caught me up and didn't let me down until the end. I listen to books in the car on my 45 minute commute and when I got home the last time listening to this, it had 8 minutes to go. I sat in the car in the garage and listened to it end. Another reviewer said that you see the ending coming, but I didn't and it made me actually catch my breath. The narrator did a great job with the accents and the storytelling. I loved it! and will recommend it to others.
Lawyer, Vietnam War draftee, Peace Corps Thailand, fan of the Constitution, Science Fiction lover, work in New York City, like bodysurfing
I think it is a five star novel overall and a five star story but maybe it is not and it is the narration that has clouded my critical faculties. The narrator, Anna Fields, is just the right combination of matter of fact delivery, excellent and not over-the-top accents (Spanish, French and Russian) and excellent portrayal of the characters without acting up a storm. This is how I like to hear a book.
Retired veterinarian. Living the good life - ranching on the river!
A really good story. The author develops each character completely and puts you inside their head. The emotions are developed and palpable! You can't wait to see what comes next!
Every time I found myself thinking this story sounded impossible, it would surprise me and draw me in further. It doesn't really matter if it is realistic or not. The characters are wonderful and the relationships, while unconventional, are interesting. This is a book in which you are drawn to almost all the characters, however flawed. Loved it!
This is a fun read. I really enjoyed the narrator and I liked getting sucked into this world. I kept wishing there was more to the story -- which I see as a sign of a good book.