The narrator was nothing special, annoying in fact. The story was so terribly boring that I only made it two hours before I gave up. If you can't grab my interest in that time, I doubt you will.
the music in between chapters was awful. The little jingle completely killed the mood of the story and felt completely inappropriate/broke up the story poorly.
This was a bizarre and unbelievable story. What father would be happy that his daughter, after living with her gay business partner and his lover, finally marries him, just before he dies??? She wasted all those years, and her father is ok with it? I don't think so. I could say more, but I don't want to give anything else away. I fast forwarded the story, so I could stamp it as 'finished' and could move on.
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
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.
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