The prose was so flowery and detailed, I almost didn't make it through the entire thing. I rarely say this, but I'm betting the movie will be better.
The story proceeded a little slowly and did not come to a suspenseful climax as much as a long unwinding. It is not entirely out of character, I believe, since the other book of McEwan's I have read (The Innocent) was also deliberately written, if more exciting.
The reading is also good, and certainly does not interfere with your enjoyment.
Most people know that this novel was made into a movie with the same name. I watched the movie long before I listened to the book. I would recommend reading/listening to the book before watching the movie. A huge amount of the suspense was taken away from the listening experience and I would argue that the surprising events that take place in the story are really what makes the novel so great. The author is very detailed in his descriptions which make the main events of the story very well flushed out and easy to visualize. The great detail as well makes the not-so-important events of the story especially boring and difficult to get through. I give the book 3 stars because it is a good story but I would probably just recommend watching the movie and skipping the book.
Good book and the narrative accent was not detracting to me but it is not a light story. It is not a story you can follow easily but may have to rewind and listen again to follow.
I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style of this book and the reader, as well. Although the plot seems to wander a bit, the masterful prose made every minute enjoyable.
The story is very poignant - but feels very real. I have loved the book even before the film came out - which was unusually true to the book. That was quite surprising. I've always been interested in Mr. McEwan's books as they are a very good study of human behavior in the direst of situations.
I hesitated to listen to this book based on some of the reviews, but I am really glad I did! The first few hours of the book do deal with a single day, but the writing is terrific, and the narration is just perfect. Stick with it - is's a really wonderful book.
I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight Archive, GoT, Ken Follett's work. Last read: Words of Radiance
The story is really well put but I do agree with many other reviewers that it digresses in the 2nd part with the elaborate war descriptions but I guess it was important for the plot. Other than that, well read and a unique plot.
I'm an avid audible listener and can usually get into anything. Not so with this book. I kept waiting for the author to grab me and focus my attention on something interesting. I went 1 hour 17 min before giving up. When I have nothing left to listen to, I might return and see if this book has any value added. As of now, it doesn't!!