This may have been a great listen however I found it so very difficult to get used to the strong accent of the author. It became a labor to listen.
The interwoven stories are moving and well told. The awful attempts at Scottish and American accents are very distracting, however, and the editing was especially bad at the end of each chapter - there isn't even a breath between the last sentence and the announcement of the next chapter. I stuck with it because I was so riveted by the story-line, but will probably reread the print version in future in order to fully savour the prose.
I loved the book even if it didn't have a plot. The characters were brought to life by the narrator who seems able to do so many accents. I couldn't tell until the credits which one was his true accent.
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.
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.
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