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.
I'm not much for fiction, but this made a convert of me. It has taught me something I should have been taught in school: that there is literature that engages life and there is escape literature to get away from it.
The later is much more common: living life, as it is, is the last thing most want to do - even when that life is creative writing - reading it, or writing it.
I cannot develop characters as a writer, that is why I was a technical writer. But Ann Patchett can. I wonder why I never heard of her before.
I chose this book based on the reader. She was fabulous. Her mastery of the accents and voices is remarkable. I am sad she is gone. The book started out slow but then gradually turned into a very heartwarming story. I hated the ending. It just didn't make sense, no matter how I tried to reconcile it.
Couldn't stop listening to this intriguing tale of a diverse group of strangers coming together in a confined environment. Loved all of the aspects - music, love, language, cooking, etc.
I really am enjoying the book but keep finding myself irritated and disappointed with its narrator. To me it sounds like she has a tongue ring or speaks often with her mouth full. The only accent she does well is Spanish, and everyone else in the book (Russian, French, Japanese etc.) end up speaking with the same Spanish accent. This is irritating and distracting - the reason I can tell is that I am Russian myself married to a Frenchman. However, my complements to the writer. This is a very beautifully written book.
I listened to this book over a year ago and I still think of it often. It was entertaining, thought-provoking and sweet. One of the best stories I've ever read or heard.
If you read the synopsis, it is hard to imagine how engaging this story is. But it is. The premise is odd, but results is a fascinating interplay among characters you don't expect to find in the same place. Beautifully written with language to savor. The performance is exceptional - with the narrator giving life to many characters with a wide variety of nationalities, dialects and personalities.
This has become one of my favorite audio books, and I will be looking for more by this author and this narrator, for certain.