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.
Glass Horse Ranch
This woman, the Magician's Assistant, is drowning in her grief. She is drowning in her grief for a LONG time. It just goes on and on and on. I couldn't listen to it anymore. I made it through till she got to Nebraska and maybe then book was going to turn around, but I found it way too depressing of a listen since I am grieving for a loss myself. I couldn't listen any longer.
Science gal, New Orleanian, Foodie, Bibliophile, Dog Mom
There was a lot of "wandering" with the story line.
Parsifal's family was the best part - the least was all of that stuff about him and his lover.
Fair - sometimes I was not too sure who I was listening to.
She left us hanging at the end instead of resolving the storyline - I really hate that!
I found myself very entertained throughout most of the story; however I cannot get past the abrupt ending. The narration was fantastic. Karen Ziemba absolutely brought these characters to life. I will try another Patchett offering based on other reviews. She does write beautifully.