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.
I looove Ann Pachett State of Wonder and really enjoyed Bel Canto, ut this one was just too boring for me... Sorry. Nothing to hold my breath on.
I thought that Bel Canto was terrific so I have made a point of reading everything else Ann Patchett has written. This is middling -- not as good as State of Wonder or the one about being reared in a home for unwed mothers, but better than Run and the non-fiction book about her friend who died. A homey sort of tale. I'm a guy and it's a girl's book. All about developing relationships among disparate women who have nothing in common but a distant relationship with a gay impresario who is now dead. Social commentary. Worth the time but not much more.
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.
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.
Ann Patchett is a really good author, I have read several books by her. This one had such potential but never developed.
An almost 4 star story, a 5 star performance, but a couple of issues I had brought it down to a 3.5 star rating. The most glaring issue, and I think least arguable, is that corny, distracting jazz music between sections. It's horrible! Worse, it's horribly comedic . All I can think of is Chevy Chase in a leisure suit trying to look cool. My other big issue is the ending. The last part of the book, starting with the wedding, seemed rushed and not as well thought out as the rest of the story. But, all in all, an entertaining book and a really good performance.
I'm not a fan of magic, but I fully trust Ann Patchett to tell a good story and she doesn't disappoint in The Magician's Assistant. The story offers a sublime view of the imperfection of humans in a world where society still expects perfection and conformity. The book was published in the 1990s and so many things have changed that it was sometimes difficult to understand some of the characters' actions, but the story itself has a timeless quality when it comes to the ideas like being helpless to love. Highly recommended to listeners who enjoy a story that itself doesn't completely conform to plot expectations.
I listen to this book based on the reputation of the author. I kept expecting something to happen, but nothing ever it! Seriously. Nothing. It's a weak story with weak characters, and a weak ending. I'm sorry I wasted a credit and many hours of my time on this.
Lover of books with no time to read. I spend a lot of time in the car, this medium allows me to catch up on my missed reading.
Story ended at such a strange place. Hated the musical transition between chapter. I did enjoy the story, just wished the conclusion wrapped the story up better