I had to quit at the end of the first half. The story was well written, the narration was good, but there seemed to be a lack of movement in the plot and no indication of where the book was headed. That kept me listening far too long. I'll never get those hours back...
Did anyone else hear the narrator's lisp throughout the reading of this book? Her inability to pronounce the sound of
Meera Simhan's beautiful diction and versatile portrayal of all the characters left me feeling that I knew them.
This was a beautifully told story that gives the reader an intimate and detailed picture of life in India. Meera Simhan's reading was enchanting!
The author had a lot to say and she said it well, but found her too impressed with her own writing skills. A simpler turn of phrase would have contributed so much more to the book.
More attention might be given to choosing a narrator, this is paramount with audio books.
I truly enjoyed the lyrical writing of Kiran Desai. Despite the drastic differences in perspective from each of her characters, she maintains a smoothness throughout the book. Her scenic descriptions were also quite beautiful and engaging. It was a beautifully-written story.
With that being said, I found, at times, that it was very dreary... which, I understand, is to be expected on this topic. However, some parts dragged, and that coupled with the dreariness, made it difficult for me to want to pick it up and read. At some parts I was very engaged... but many times I went through long stretches where I could barely focus because it was so consistently solemn and a bit repetitive.
Overall, I would recommend it to someone. The topic may be depressing, and it may drag at times. But overall, I felt like I took something away from this book, I appreciated and admired the story, and I was consistently impressed by the writing. I wouldn't, however, recommend it to anyone who is looking for a "happy" read...
I just can't seem to get into this. The characters seem to lack depth and the plot moves extremely slowly. If you like Steinbeck you will love this book. All description and no plot or character development. I don't like Steinbeck, and thus am quitting this one.
This is the first audio book I have not finished (out of more than 75). Well written and read but the characters lack sustaining interest for me.
Love to travel, love to read and those two go well together! Audible has broadened my reading horizons and I enjoy finding new books.
I have read lots of books on tape and enjoyed most of them. I found this book really tough to get thru and finally tossed in the towel after the first half. The plot didn't grab me, I just didn't care about any of the characters, found the dialog boring and the reader irritating. This is one I won't even try to go back and finish.
I listened for 5 hours and gave up. I had no sense of where this book was going - the characters were as uninteresting as the description of their everyday lives - Depressing. In the future I'll read more reviews before purchasing.