Real dialog of our mind when death Makes us change our opinions - redirection of our thoughts - characters are developed over time and the reader knows no more than the characters do -
The reading was not bad; it kept me entertained, but all throughout the story, I kept wondering, where is this going? Once I got to the end, I thought, is that it? I certainly didn't feel sympathetic to the characters, nor did I care how it ended.
I found this book uneven. Interesting things that propelled the plot forward only happened in occasional bursts. I found much of the book to be plodding. Perhaps it was meant to mirror the rhythym of winter in Nebraska where much of the book takes place. An ok story. What was up with the music? Very upbeat - did not match the somber tone of the book.
First of all the synopsis doesn't give a clue about the book. The ending was terrible, there wasn't a definite conclusion. It just ended! I even rewound it thinking I missed an important part. It was as If Patchett just got tired or writing the book.
I was so turned off by this book that I'm not sure I would listen to another book by her.
I have not heard Karen Ziemba before, but she has a very pleasant voice.
the story is a bit dated, but it's interesting to be reminded how recently things were quite different in America (relating to norms around sexuality, access to information, and communication prior to cellphones and social media). the narrator's voice is even-keel but not droning. still, the story can get somewhat boring/banal/blah. the upbeat jazz interludes between chapters is often really awkward during somber or emotional moments in the plot. could be worse. not sure who is recommend this to...
The ending was extremely disappointing - like she just got bored (and who could blame her??) and stopped writing. The book is pretty disjointed and really doesn't come together in any meaningful way.
The narration was ok but it was hard to tell the mother and two sisters apart, and also hard to tell the difference between spoken words and thoughts.
I found this story to be exceptionally boring. I continued to read only because of the good reviews. I thought surely it would pick up or there would be an interesting twist ahead. Sadly there was not. Don't bother with this book, it has nothing to offer but tedium.
It was like listening to a boring aunt, tell a boring story.
The plot and setting were rather mundane, but were presented in a way different enough to keep me interested. However, I found the ending to be sort of abrupt. It had me saying, "Wait. What?! That's it?" And I could have done without the jaunty jazz interludes between chapters. They were distracting and, frankly, annoying. The dream sequences were brilliant - informative, beautiful, and always in an unreal, ridiculous situation. (Much like a real dream.) The reader's voice was smooth & easy with changes to accommodate each character that were both subtle and consistent. Overall, a great transitional book to read between books with heavier, more complex themes.
I always listen to a book to the end and had to skip and fast forward just so I could mark this one as finished.
The Midwest accents were terrible and the cliched portrayals of a small town were shallow.
The characters of Parsifal and Sabine were not ones I had any interest in. Sabine was pathetic and Parsifal was a a selfish narcissist. The only characters I had any sympathy for were Phan and Dot.
Don't bother with this one. If I could give it half a star I would.