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!
I might have expected too much from this book. I had heard many great things, but I thought it was only okay. I kept waiting and waiting for that moment that just grips you and you never want to stop listening, but it never came. Anna Fields does a great job, though!
The story at times was too precious but still overall was fascinating. The reading by Anna Fields was among the best I have heard.
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.