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.
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.
I'm surprised people didn't mind the narrator. I thought she was awful in character voices. She made everyone sound angry and she sounded like she's just reading a book. She didn't even bother to do the super short singing part anybody could have done. She just read the lyrics. I couldn't stand it especially after listening to Bloody Jack which was read fantastically. The story was interesting enough to not bore me but not that interesting either. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't mind the music. I thought it fit the title in a twisted way and probably the only interesting thing about this book.
Her character voices are not believable and not in sync with the content. She made the characters sound angry in every situation.
I think so
Well written, interesting plot. Just didn't deliver.
Predictable, flat, uninspiring.
Yes, she writes well, the characters have depth.
Sometimes, but not often enough.
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...