Interesting story with well developed characters. I enjoyed most of the story but felt the ending was very abrupt. It left me feeling like I had forgotten to download part of the book. Loved Bel Canto but had a similar feeling at the end of that book. Perhaps it is a feature of all of Ann Patchett's books. I will learn from this experience and may not download another.
This can't possibly be the same author as Bel Canto. What a letdown. There were a few interesting story lines that didn't seem to go anywhere. One idea would come back to life, only to die again. I had to listen to the ending twice to be sure I hadn't missed it.
Ann Patchett is a really good author, I have read several books by her. This one had such potential but never developed.
Bel Canto was a wonderful story with fully created characters and an exciting plot.
There was love and there was tragedy. Magicians assistant had none of that. I'd get my money back if I could.
I'll think twice about reading another Ann Patchett.
Her voice was ok,
Finish the book
I loved the characters, how they were developed, and how they grew together.
Yes. I really enjoyed the book until the very ending. I felt like it just left you hanging. I mean that was it? One more paragraph that gave me some closure, and I would have more than loved the book.
I've listened to several Ann Patchett books, and this is one of my favorites. Great writing, great narration, it is worth your time and book credit.
I enjoyed the narration, however, the story didn't seem to go anyplace...
Im not sorry I listened. I just wish it had left me with a smile... and feeling like recommending it to my friends.
That goofy jazz music between chapters was really distracting...
I liked the character development of Sabine, the main character.
It was very memorable every time Sabine learned a new secret about her husband's family.
I think Ann Patchett is my new favorite writer.
Listening to books makes my mundane tasks so much more palatable.
I absolutely adored two other books by Ann Patchett: State of Wonder and Bel Canto. If you are new to the author, pick one of those books as your introduction. I would give both five stars.
This book wasn't bad at all, but I had a hard time caring as much about the characters. There was a little too much "magic" in this book for me in the form of very involved flashbacks that bordered on magical realism. I could also never really understand why the very appealing heroine would decide to spend decades of her life so intimately connected with her gay husband who was openly in love with another man.
I didn't get to read much of the print version because I was so mesmorized with the narrator's voice. It was lovely listening to her voice and I thought the book was fabulous. Would love to pick up from where the writer left off in a second book.
This is the first time I have heard Karen Ziemba and would listen to any book she reads. Great voice! Would like to know what other books she had done for Audible. Thanks for any information you might have.