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.
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.
After enjoying The Master and reading all the glowing reviews of Toibin's latest novel, I was really looking forward to Brooklyn. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to the hype. I was quite absorbed in the first 2/3 of the book, where Eilis is sent to America, tries to adjust to her life and her fellow lodgers, and falls in love. But, as a few other readers have mentioned, I really started to dislike her in the last 1/3 of the book, and I HATED the way it ended. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that it wasn't the choice that she made that angered me but the WAY in which she made it. Also, I was left thinking, "That's it? We don't get to see how things work out?" It really left me hanging.
There's no doubt that Toibin is a skilled writer. But I know that he can do better than this. Not an awful read, just rather weak and disappointing in the end.
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.
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.
Fabulous reading. Each character had a unique voice, and yet the performance was so subtle that you forgot you were listening to an audiobook.
I listened to this when I took my morning walk. I could barely wait to get out there so I could listen. Very well written, very well performed! Passed the biggest test: I was sorry when it was over.
Although Brooklyn is not my type of book I had to read it for work and started to enjoy it. It started slow but soon I was rooting for Eilis and the middle of the book was good. The conclusion, however, was a little disappointing - it became about an immature girl being unable to choose between two men. The thing that salvaged it for me was the performance - the choices and accents were awesome and made the story come alive.
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
Too short an ending ... left me empty
The emigration to the US and in particular to Brooklyn. But there should be more about Brooklyn. The plot got bogged-down at the end.
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