I listened to the Gargoyle as it was recommended to me by a colleague. This was one of the most interesting books I have listened to in a very long time. It is a story of survival, love, friendship, and healing. I heard that the author took 7 years to do the research on this book and you can tell by the details in the story.
The "burned man" is befriended by Marianne Engle in the hospital. He was contemplating suicide while she is there being treated in the psychiatry unit. She is convinced that she and the burned man have known each other in a past life. They develop a wonderful friendship and eventually fall in love. The book goes on to describe two parallel stories--one of Marianne and the burned man in what their lives were like in the early 13th century and their current story.
There are so many stories within the stories which are mainly tragic love stories. Each of them serves to teach a lesson, and all become intertwined at some point.
The book ends with the two parallel stories coming together in the end.
The narrator was exceptional, and I loved his ability to speak the different languages. It adds so much when you can hear the words rather than just reading them on a piece of paper.
I hope this isn't the last book that Andrew Davidson writes. I look forward to the next one.
I would recommend this book to all of my friends.
I love historical fiction. I love contemporary fiction. I love a good read. All the ingredients are here but ugh. Maybe that's the problem. Everything is here: drug addiction, horrible accident, burns, burns, burns, love, forbidden love, etc. etc. I think there are about 14 stories here that need to be extricated from each other. I can see that a lot of people like this (it's why I chose it) but, it's charms don't work on me.
Once had a Lit teacher tell me every story line had been written....
well he was wrong...this was really a new one and very well done indeed
I chose this book based on a friend's recommendation but after reading only the 1st chapter I wasn't sure if I could go on. It was very gruesome. However, I continued on and was very happy that I did. This is not just a great love story between a number of characters but also wonderfully packed with "stories" within the story. I loved the historical aspects of the novel and the detail described allowed me to form a very complete mental picture of each scene. I enjoyed the narrator's ability to speak in various languages which is always an advantage when listening to a book vs. reading a book. I don't give 5 stars out that easily but this definitely deserves it!
I loved the stories with in the story
Never heard anything quite like it.
The glass blowers daughter.
It's the perfect title
I always recommend this book to everyone.
When the book started I felt that it was going to be a book that I regretted purchasing. As the characters developed and the author began to weave interplaying story lines into the book I was hooked. I just loved it. A good read by an excellent author and Lincoln Hoppe never disappoints with his well-thought narrative.
I too have never been so inpsired to write a review. This book is amazing. The prose is stunning. I would give it ten stars if that option existed.
I was initially very grossed out when the author describes the car accident, but the story is fascinating and you don't really know where it is going to end up. Just get past the first chapter. well written and spoken book.
While well written, this is an absolutely pointless novel. Little more than an exercise in endurance. I'm sorry I wasted time on it.
I liked this story okay since it had a very interesting permise.
However, I had two pretty major complaints. The main character (the man who gets burned at the very beginning of the story), is basically full of self loathing, incredibly pessimistic, and kind of brings you down. Everyone else in the story helped balance his intense (albeit understandably considering the drastic change to his life) negativity. I almost stopped the story from that alone, however, I hoped that the story ended on a happy note so I kept listening.
My second major complaint is the narrator. He read so incredibly slow that I'm sure the story could've been a little as 12 hours long. I use the Audible app to listen to my audiobooks so I was able to speed up his narration speed. Most of the time, I listened to his story at 1.5 speed, but all other times, I listened to it at twice the narration speed. It was disappointing.