This was a great listen. I couldn't stop. I was turning the pages in my head and drawing the scenes with every word. It was great!!!
...in collective guilt. This story will keep me thinking for days and days. The use of a pedophilic 'love' story as the backdrop for a study of Germany's collective guilt over the holocaust is, if not appropriate, then at least congruous. Although you never come to sympathize with the characters, exactly, you do feel the deep tragedy that their lives become.
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Usually I try to come up with a more audacious or funny review title, but this story earned a succinct and active label. The story will take you places you will not expect, and always feels alive, which I understand as not only difficult but confusing and passionate. Tragic but yet alive. I truly hope it affects you as well.
Moves your heart
Yes. I didn't know what to expect of the characters at the beginning of each chapter.
I listened to this book AFTER I had listened to Night by Elie Wiesel and would recommend both to everyone!
SOMEONE LAYING AT HOME SICK
VERY SLOW. WOULD BE THE KIND OF BOOK USED IN A COLLEGE CLASS.
I enjoyed the reader's voice and I felt he had engrossed himself in the story.
Yes, but I had to split it up into sessions.
Mr. Middle Earth
A thoughtful, brilliantly written, powerful story. True to life, mesmerizing- it utterly draws you in.
What begins as a coming of age sexual adventure, turns into a story both rich and complex, endearing and tragic.
I cannot recommend it enough.
I had seen the movie first, but no real surprises here. The movie adaptation was actually quite close to the book. Very interesting story, and the narration was great.
I really enjoyed this story, and the narrator was quite satisfactory. He doesn't really stand out as fantastic, but he was still very pleasant to listen to. It's really Schlink's book that is the star here. It brings up so many different complex ideas and socially relevant ideas. I generally am not a fan of contemporary novels that comment on the Holocaust and WWII because really, what can a modern author say about an event that of the magnitude that has already been written about so extensively by people who were actually there? What can you ad to the debate? But Schlinlk is really extremely successful. His book is worth reading, even after everything that has already been said. I will certainly be reading it again.