Toibin put an interesting twist on the Irish immigration story and did it very well. Excellent narration as well.
Can't wait to listen to more of his books.
I enjoyed the Irish voices and the experience of coming to America, as seen through a Foreigner's eyes. I was disappointed not so much that the main character had little character. The author was unconvincing in setting the reader up to understand eillis' behavior toward her marriage and American Husband. The ending also left me wondering.
The book was well written and well read, just the last part of the book made me angry at the character and ended rather depressingly.
I admire Colm Toibin's novel, The Master, and some of the short stories in Mothers and Sons but I find the theme of Brooklyn too tame or domestic. It took me quite awhile to realize that the time frame is after World War II, not after World War I. The author's insight with respect to the workings of Irish families and the portrait of Brooklyn in the early 1950s is worth the price of the book but the characters seem too constrained.
As much as I like the book, the almost amateurish quality of the reading was a huge disappointment. It's like story time with the town librarian reading aloud to us. I just finished listening to Juliet Stevenson reading The Paying Guests and the contrast in quality was almost immeasurable.
Started out strong then it felt as though the author lost interest and had to finish it to get to something important.
Nice early development of characters. Could have been a good story.
This book had so much potential. The story was a great immigrant story of an Irish girl coming to America, but fell so short in the end. In some cases, the story felt a bit rushed. The reader did an amazing job though and made one want to listen to the story and left one wanting more.
i listen to audible when i drive and this book had no suspense or depth of character. the ending was bogus and if you drive an dlisten this is not for YOU!
If a woman had written this book it is obvious that the real feelings would have been easily clarified. Men should never write books about women.
Kristen Potter is very good.
The constant inabllity to make a decision.
Colm needs to write about men I'm sure a good topic matter would come more natural.
I can't believe I actually listened to this entire book. Shallow, vapid, and predictable. But, when driving for hours it was better than nothing.