Not written it.
Dunno. Her performance was fine, but couldn't save the book.
Boredom. The situation was belieable enough, but too many details weren't. Also, the book was like a twinkie...all empty calories. It was way too romantic in both the common and literary senses of the word.
Stay away unless you like fluffy, romantic tripe.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
My experience with this book mirrors many of the other reviews I read. It is not particularly interesting at the beginning. The author gives you what seems to be MANY too many details about the individual characters, and yet very little action. I kept waiting for something to happen.
But the characters and their relationships ARE the story. The unfolding of friendships, the dramatic reversals in roles, the blossoming of unexpected love, and the creation of a real community ... that is what eventually grabs your attention.
I have to also say that the narrator did a fabulous job with an enormous number of accents.
Well worth it.
I could not get into the story of this book I feel very disappointed because I usually can get drawn into the story this one just didn't do it for me
I have listened to Ann Patchett before and I like her
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I have been wanting to read a full length Ann Patchett novel since listening to her short audible exclusive on marriage a year or so ago.
But all of the subjects of her books are so tragic that I keep putting it off. So I finally picked this one up and it was all I had hoped it would be. Beautiful language, perfect descriptions, tragic results.
If you like contemporary fiction, this is a very good example of solid literary fiction with very good narration and very good story line.
But I will wait a while until I pick up another one of these beautifully tragic books.
after my friends kept persuading me to read it. People loaned me copies and people gave me copies, and I just could not get into the book. I gave up after a few chapters several times. I finally reasoned that I might get more out of the book if I listened to it, and noting that it was read by the notable Anna Fields, I gave in.
Yes, the narration was spot on. The plot was,,,,slow to develop. I did finish the book, and noted two technical glitches where a few paragraphs are repeated. I know there is something here for me to learn, and I am simply not sure if I learned it. I thoroughly enjoyed State of Wonder, but this book, despite the acclaim it received, left me, if not cold, a bit lukewarm.
The author spent great effort and attention to developing the characters in this book. I gather from other hostage nonfiction articles and books that some patterns and relationships develop, but this story brings that dynamic to life. The narrator added feeling to the story, as well. I'd strongly recommend this book.
I found that I had to put this story away several times, the story seems to run on and on. I had a little trouble getting into the characters, probably largely because of the narration. The story was presented by the narrator in the tone of a documentary, but the author spent much time trying to build pictures in your mind. The two styles did not come together for me. I finished the book only to see if the story ended as I expected.
The book was very good. It was not something I will think about forever and ever. It was a bit of fluff, with all the romance and stereotypes. But I found myself getting involved with all the stories.
Anna Fields did a very good job with the various voices, moods, and attitudes. She brought it to life.
did not read. the audio was exalent performance and story. all in one sitting
when the boy began to sing.joy when he died. very sad
when the boy sang his song for the hole grupe (both sides) and they gave him such an ovation.
yes! very much
the joy of music demenstrated by the reactions of both grupes to a grate voice.
I really didn't like the narrators voice, too feminine. Might be a good story, but I couldn't get past her reading. I couldn't pay attention enough to get it.