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.
Brooklyn was a good book to listen to and time well spent for me. It is well read, keeps your attention and the story flows nicely. I wanted a "book on tape" specifically so I could listen while driving, walking and doing chores. The simplicity of the story allowed for continuous listening (no rewinding needed) - it was good company.
I would likely try another book by this author when I am looking for another pleasant journey instead of an obstacle course or roller coaster ride. Although it would be nice to hear a story with a little more development.
The reader brought the main character to life with her soft tone, directness and slight accent.
I read Brooklyn for a book club and it prompted a lot of discussion about the two different cultures, how the world and role of women changed, or not during that time period. If anything it inspired a desire to know more, see more character and story development.
My son recommended I get this as an audio book in order to enjoy the Irish accents. We had each spent time in Ireland.
Not a page turner, but you care about the interior dialogue of a character who makes life changing decisions--not necessarily because she wants to, but simply because she must. .
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.
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.
....then bought the book and was enthralled even more. Wonderful sensitive rendering of the post-WWII emigres experience to America (unlike say, "Angela's Ashes" where unremitting poverty becomes the prime impetus to leave) underscoring the notion that to emigrate is to become a foreigner in two countries as the same time. The reader gives a more than credible rendering of the various accents and is quite engaging besides.
While the story and historical plotline of immigration was quite good, the main character proves to be unlikable. She is quite indecisive and lacking of her own personal will. For that reason, I did not enjoy the book as much as I could have if she had had a moral victory of her own will.
The sorry was sweet but the endings something to be desired. A bit far fetched and unbelievable.