This book was a total waste of my money and I am not happy about it. Audible was showing this sterling review of it and I got sucked into buy it.
I liked a couple of the sub-stories, but I wanted more of each of the six sub-stories and instead they were simply strung together. In other words, it had was well done in terms of craft (rich, quality descriptions; entertaining narratives), but I was left a little unsatisfied for some reason. Not quite sure why. And even though it was really well done, it wasn't good enough that I would re-read it. I will see the movie, though. :)
Yes, only because its major theme is an important one across history (power and predation between humans) and one that I personally find significant.
I want to give this book 5 stars- I really do. The plot(s) is really interesting. I cannot wait to get into my car in the morning and hear what happens next. I love the whimsical travel through time and the birthmark and plot lines that connect the characters. And the actors are amazing- really felt like each story was narrated by its writer.
But sad to say, the book has a political undertone- not very pronounced and heavier near the end- that was not necessary and left a bad taste in my mouth. Instead of focusing on the struggles of mankind throughout history and in the future, the book teeters on becoming a socialist/anti-capitalist manifesto. The author infused his ideology into this book through unnecessary snide comments and a completely one-sided portrayal of corporations in the Louisa Ray story.
That said, I still had to finish it!
Really enjoyed this all the way through. I agree with other reviewers that the linkages between stories were rather weak, but as stand-alone efforts they showcase a flair for different writing styles while still maintaining some thematic unity.
The only disappointing part was the story line read by Cassandra Campbell. The woman cannot read - a nasally monotone and several glaring mispronunciations ruined an otherwise stellar cast of readers. The reader for the Zachr'y segment was outstanding and probably made the audio version miles better than the printed version - which only underscored the weakness of Campbell's reading.
Dunno if I would. What's the author's other books like?
If all the chapters could have been connected, I might have figured out what the book was about
Loved the accents, emphasis, acting...all well done for the characters they represented.
Yes. Each story was okay by itself, but as a collective, I have no idea what it was about.
Reader in Norway.
This was my first experience with audio books from Audible, and the experience was good. I liked it that different people read the voices in the different chapters. They accents were appropriate and the way they spoke, the words they used, helped create the illusion of being in the past or in the future.
The ending came very quickly and suddenly it was all over. I think I expected something more to happen to tie it all together, something more than the letters and music, etc. In stead it kind of fizzled out...
I have not, but I liked them.
Honestly, I have no idea, that's maybe the reasons the movie has failed too. I've seen the trailer and it's 10 minutes long, totally confusing if you dont know a little of what it's about.
The books is worth the read, but I have 25 other books I'd recommend before recommending this one. It's a very long book, so I got value for my money at Audible as I bought it with my free welcoming credits. It was a good way to learn how to use Audible.
Awesome, unique, thought provoking.
I liked all six of the stories and they way they were arranged, the first half of five stories with the middle story whole, then the other half of the first five in reverse order.
All six narrators were brilliant!
Robert Frobisher was my favorite character and his story had a sad ending.
My favorite Frobisher quote: “Whoever opined, “Money can’t buy happiness,” obviously had too much of the stuff.”
One of my favorite recent reads/listens. The story is fantastically absorbing, and the performance is truly stellar.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It maintained a strong message throughout and was very well written. By largely using journal entries and autobiography to tell the story, an incredible amount of setting detail is conveyed in relatively few words. My only complaint is that there was some vaguely supernatural stuff that really didn't strike me as necessary and nothing really came of it.