I thought this book was thoroughly enjoyable. I called it a "little" book, only in that nothing grand happens. It is about as far removed from an epic as a book gets. Instead it is a few slices of some fairly ordinary lives. There is very little plot, yet the slices are at moderately pivotal portions of the these lives.
The book was divided into three parts, each primarily from one character's viewpoint (though all intertwined). But within each part are two story lines, one in the current time, and one in the past.
My only complaint is that it took me a little while to understand in an audiobook when we were transitioning from present to past. The scottish accent was a little tough too, but go to where I could comprehend easily after an hour or so.
But the book was touching....some resolution to its issues....though not perfect resolution, as is too often the case in life.
I'm 75% through this book, don't know how it ends, don't care. The narrator has a nice Scottish burr which is the only interesting thing in the book.
The tale switches back and forth in time and from one continent to the next, with no "headings" or announcements. You just have to figure out where you are in time. Dead people are living again, so you must be in the past. A character is dead in one chapter, alive in the next, over and over and over.
No plot. Way more about disfunctional lives than I want to know.
I listen to it at night and it helps me fall asleep. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
If you enjoy soap operas and fiction in women's pulp magazines you may like this, otherwise save your time. The writing is quite passable, in a creative writing course kind of way, but the characters and everything they do and feel are so shallow and inconsequential that boredom will set in very quickly. I struggled through nearly three chapters but it didn't get any better so I gave up. It was impossible to care about anyone in the book, any more than they seem to really care about anything in their lives. The dialog is wooden and predictable - the only entertainment I got from the book was in guessing what the next statement was going to be, and I was right most of the time.
This was a difficult book to listen to in the car but it might be nice to hear it relaxing at home. But who has the time? I liked the reader but I kept getting lost and sometimes it was hard to understand while driving.
I thought this to be a delightful book! I finished it over two weeks ago and I still miss the characters. Julia Glass created wonderful real-life characters that you could love, and Keating brought their character to life. I looked forward every day to listening and I know I'll listen to it again.
Written in a manner that gives you a personal view of the main character. I enjoyed this book immensely. I found the ending particularly good and it definately give an insight to the entire book and character. Wonderful book.
Overall, a decent listen, though I found the American voices to be one voice, really, and some of the gay characters a little too stereotypical to have any substance as characters
I have tried for over a week to get into this book. I have relistened to it over and over, but just do NOT CARE for any of the characters............. and please get rid of the narrator, it is impossible to listen to.......