I am not in love with this book. While the male narrator is stupendous and breathes much life into one character and story, I find the other narrators lacking and even grating, and I was not engrossed with the main plot line, nor the characters, nor the writing style.
I had already read The History of Love when I listened to it on MP3 player. The experience was enhanced sooo much when the different characters' narrations were portrayed in appropriate voices. Highly recommend both.
But read it don't listen.
This is a complex book to follow and required mindful reading, but what a genius book and fantastic, hilarious characters.
What a fantastic title. However, I could not get through this book. That says a lot when you aren't even being asked to actually read it (it's easier to listen than read). I'm all for character development, but it drags on for ages with no sense of why you should really care about these people. The tone of it is slightly whiney, too, as if you were listening to someone complain at length. If you find yourself fascinated by the copy on the backs of cereal boxes, or enjoy a good litany of woes, this book is definitely for you.
When I first started reading this book for my book club I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to finish it as it wasn't grabbing me like I had hoped. I then decided to purchase the audible version as means of getting through it and I was so glad I did. What a great book, so many voices so much interesting commentary plus it reads a bit like a who done it novel with characters who have so much depth. Certainly one of my favorite book club books to date!
A slow moving book with at least four readers. Very average or below.
The characters are complex, the story line is sometimes difficult to follow, and the change of voices takes getting used to, but it's all well worth the effort. I laughed, I cried, and I was deeply moved!
Boring, disjointed, and difficult to follow. I normally love the narrators in this novel, but perhaps I am missing the gene that would cause me to appreciate this book as others have. I purchased the book because of the literary praise it received from other reviewers, but it did not hold my interest.