I really enjoy Barbara Kingsolver's writing - especially The Poisonwood Bible, but I just couldn't get into this book. I found it very slow moving. Maybe it was the narration - great author though.
I love Barbara Kingsolver's novels, and I enjoyed this one a great deal. I liked the part set in Mexico much more. The Ashville part was slow not nearly as compelling.
What I did NOT like was the narrator. It was excruciating to listen to. I did not realize it was Barabara Kingsolver until just now (weeks after finishing the book). I had to buy it and read it because I could not bare the narration.
I feel badly about criticizing such a wonderful writer but, really, let the audio people have their jobs! Let the pros do it. I have heard from fabulous narrators on audible.com.
The Lacuna is about a character at the mercy of many elements, an observer in life. It is an interesting literary device to write the story of a character through his own journals-- a character who rarely takes a lead role in his own life. I found it unbearable at times to listen to the story, despite how well-written it was. The story becomes more interesting as it develops, but I don't recommend it if you want a fast-paced novel. I prefer Barbara Kingsolver as a writer, rather than a reader of her book--as her narration seemed quite slow at times at not appropriate, particularly as a young male character.
Love all of her books...but almost passed this one by because of this audio version. Barbara needs to stick to writing, and leave the narration to others.
As always with this author the book is very well written but her narration makes a fairly rich book sound a bit mundane. Mrs. Kingsolver’s narration lacks the vocal range and ability to really bring the characters to life and I am very disappointed. Next time, please leave it to the professionals to do your work justice.
I cannot understand most of what is being said. I listen in the car and the voice cannot be heard well, therefore, I am having a hard time following the story. I agree w/the other reviewers. I like this writer, but, would rather she not read.
I have to agree with the previous comments about the narration. I have literally tried to get through the first few minutes of this audiobook 10 times. Every time, I lose my concentration. Barbara's voice is lovely but it is too sing-song for narration, and her over-enunciation was so irritating it made me want to slam my head into the wall. I hate wasting money, but I will not be finishing this audiobook. I will buy the book instead.
I can't get into this book on audio. It was only the second audio book I have ever listened (or tried to listen) to, and it almost turned me off to audio books. I agree that Kingsolver should not be the narrator -- she is a writer, not a narrator and I could not get into the book. I regret the credit I wasted on this for the one chapter I listened to. I have a feeling I will never listen to the rest of this book. I like Kingsolver and was excited to see she had written a book that included some great artists. Like another reviewer, I bought this book without hesitation, but I just can't force myself to listen or focus on who is who. Hopefully it will be better as the printed version that I TAKE OUT OF THE LIBRARY.
Somehow, it is a relief to see that I was not the only one struggling with the narrator.
The fact for me is that, while this might be a beautifully written book, I found it impossible to follow it and, ultimately, to finish it. My frustration is that I very rarely leave books unfinished. It has to be quite a dire book for me to abandon it. In this case however it was not the book itself. Will I ever finish it? I don’t know, it left me deflated and I have now moved on.
My recommendation is to pay attention to the pattern emerging from the reviews, it is for a good reason.
I'm a big Barbara Kingsolver fan so really was looking forward to her latest. Unfortunately I haven't been finding it very captivating, and the reader is so annoying I just couldn't stand it and gave up after about an hour of listening. The reader speaks in a sing-song voice, over-emphasizing words and over-enunciating consonants... basically, it sounds like she's reading a picture book aloud to a group of not overly-bright kindergarteners. She also has a slight lisp which is a bit irritating but I would have overlooked that if that were the only problem. Because of my faith in Kingsolver I might try reading the book instead of listening to it, but I have to say it's a pretty slow start and I'm not impressed so far...