beautiful and poignant.
I gave this audiobook 3 stars, though I'd probably have given 4 stars except that the plot was difficult to follow in audio form. The narrators were very good, the pacing at times slow, but I cared about the characters and found the humor, especially Alma's, kept me hanging in there despite losing the plot occasionally.
This is a fantastic book, beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. I stayed up late far too many nights listening to this-- the characters pulled me in, and their intertwining narratives kept me interested. The narrators were fantastic and really added to the experience. I highly recommend this, I think it is an exceptional work of modern fiction.
This is the book that got me hooked on Audible. I bought it more or less on a whim, having heard the buzz surrounding Krauss's work from friends and in the NYtimes. I purchased it when starting a running routine that involved long-run training and was trying to find an alternative to music, which tends to mess with my pacing. It worked like a dream. Listening to this fascinating story made those two-hour-plus runs even more pleasurable. The readers are fantastic, particulary the voice of Gursky, and thist story will suck you in fast. The one downside of listening rather than reading is that I didn't get to linger over Krauss's beautifully turned phrases the way one might when reading the book. Though I've since found other good audio books, few have compared to this one.
I got this book after i heard an abridge version at bbc4/bookatbedtime. I absolutely loved it, and recommend highly! The plot is clever and very interesting and keeps you in suspense.
This was a little difficult to follow as an audiobook, but still kept my interest thru to the end. Good for anyone with extra time on their hands.
This book started out a little slow for me but I was ultimately impressed with the way that Krauss wove the different storylines together in the end. I would have liked to see some further resolution of Bird's story, but beyond that, this was a very satisfying read (and listen).
This novel is very well conceived, written, and narrated in the audiobook. Krauss' characters are interesting and endearing, unique and yet familiar. The plot interweaves history and character into a beautiful fabric which I always look for in fiction. In my estimation she's more effective than her spouse--Jonathan Safran Foer--who got so much attention, maybe more than deserved.
This is one I will reread.
How could someone as young as Nicole Krauss know the thoughts and words of a man in his 80s? This is a very romantic book that also shows a great respect for the diverse history and culture of Jewish people. The narration is almost ideal. I say "almost" because Julia Gibson's voice sets my teeth on edge (just as it did in Vanishing Acts). However, I did not let it stop me from giving it the top rating, probably because I could listen to George Guidall 24/7. Give it a try.