4.5 stars in all categories.
I adored this book when I first read it, and I always planned to re-read it. When I saw the great reviews for the Audible version, I decided to listen instead of reading. What an enjoyable experience! The "Leo" chapters are particularly wonderful, as is the narration by George Guidall. I was disappointed each time the novel switched from Leo's lyrical voice to Alma's adolescent angst and her endless lists. I would give 3 stars to the "Alma" chapters, and 5 stars to the rest of the book.
This was a very good book - but I must say that those who read (performed?) it were exceptional. They truly made the characters come to life in a way that only happens for me when I am the one doing the reading.
So very well done.
This was an interesting and well-told story.... But I was often muddled as I fumbled through distortion and time which was a kaleidoscope shifting all the way through. As the self-doubting characters struggled for truth, I found I was doubting my own ability to follow them...but in the end I was moved and glad I did. Go after the truth, but don't expect to find it, and you just might.
If it had been a history of love or something like it. It was not and if there was a summary, I missed it.
Narrator was fine
All of them. I expected something philosophical like "The History of God."
I think was fooled by the title or got the wrong book.
No, only because of the dark, heavy parts of the story - added depth, but not the kind of book I read a second time.
the stories from his childhood, when he had to run and hide.
When he found his love in the US only to realize she had married someone else.
I am still a little confused by the end (no spoilers); I liked the story, found it engaging, but the confusing ending left me without closure, neither satisfied nor surprised.
I loved this book when i read it a couple years ago. It's a nontraditional love story through the lives of many.
Bird for making the ending happen.
I like that more than one voice was used.
It made me both laugh and cry and want to read it yet again.
I will need to listen to this book a second time to more completely understand it. While I thought the characters were described beautifully and easy to visualize, I questioned multiple times which person I was learning about at a particular time and place. I understand that was part of the mystery of the book, but I did have trouble following the back and forth in time and place. I loved this descriptive sentence: "The soft down of your white hair lightly playing about your scalp like a half-blown dandelion."
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
There have been a lot of stories written about this subject. Nazi Germany, Jewish prison camp, but I still find it fascinating because this is something we should never forget lest it happens again. But I digress this is not what this book is about ultimately it is about the History of Love.
Leo, poor Leo, unrequited love.
Yes I was very delighted by it. You might think is is a sad story but still delightful. How can that be? I guess you will have to read it.
One of the best Audiobooks I've listened to and I've been listening for years!
The History of Love is a fresh, innovative story filled with twists and turns, very unique book with lovely writing. Every character in this book will stay with you.
Each individual voice was very well done, great choices for these characters.
This book made me laugh and cry and think deeply about my own life.