I wasn't thrilled with the film and I was less thrilled with the book. As far as I am concerned, most of the characters in this book needed significant psychological help. To be so unsure of oneself, so depressed is a tragedy. Are there so many functioning people out there like this, breeding children? Too dark a story for me.
But worse than the story was the narration. The author hesitated every third word, in the weirdest places. It was terribly distracting. Made the story even more painful to experience.
I've listened to so many books and this narration is one of the worst I've heard. Believe what everyone says: It's terrible. It's unbelievable how Cunningham doesn't even understand the cadence of his own prose. It's like he doesn't even understand the beauty of his own words and sentences. I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this book. I would rather have read it than listened to Cunningham butcher his own prose.
It's usually a treat to have the author narrating your audiobook, but Michael Cunningham pretty much ruined this one for me. Unfortunately, the man has an extremely monotonous voice that I could barely force myself to listen to. A well chosen female narrator would have been more appropriate and infinitely easier to listen to.
This is a good book. It was assigned reading for an English class so I got the audio book to get through it quicker. Big mistake. I enjoyed the book but the author is a horrible narrator. Imagine William Shatner reading a book out loud in a monotone.
Unusual way to tell a story,has a good effect; however lost me many times. Not so interesting that I bothered to back up and figure out something I may have missed.
Michael Cunningham's odd, halting narration is extremely distracting. This is one of the worst audio books I've ever listened to. This was a book club choice and I've already tried to read the book but was bored to tears. I wish I'd read the reviews before wasting my credit on this audio. Mr. Cunninham should have put his ego aside and hired a woman to record this audio. Terrible!
Maybe some books just can not be made into audiobooks? I tried to start it few times just to find that I could not follow narration. I have one hour rule - if book can not attract me in one hour I will not try to listen it more. In this book I could not care less about what's going on.
I had trouble getting into it, too much flowery description. I didn't like the narrator, even though it was the author. He was too wooden. I feel it should have been narrated by a woman. I loved the end, it made the book, I can't believe I didn't see the relationship between all the women.
My commute is 100 miles/day. Even taking the beautiful coastal route, I don't think I could have survived the past 10 years w/o Audible.
The reading of this novel is so poor that it ruins the book. Phrasings and emphasis are so far off as to cause the listener to be distracted from the language. What a shame.
The one star does not relate to the quality of the writing. This book is very well written. The problem is, it is overwhelmingly a downer...very depressing. If the headlines aren't upsetting you and you want to do away with joy, this book is for you. 5 stars for misery.