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.
This is now one of my favorite books EVER! It is so well written, poetic, with full rich characters that so beautifully and gently weave their way into each others lives.
BRAVO to Nicole Krauss!
A friend recommended this book (to read) so I was reluctant to listen; however, though slow to start, this book really picked up in the middle and was worth the time it took to get into it. By the end, I was a bit sad to finish. The final scene was very touching. I especially liked the narrators.
At first I thought this was going to be a wonderful book. It has history, characters, witty yet thoughtful dialogue and intrigue. The readers are some of my favorites. I knew I had a winner until I found myself comparing it to other books with Precocious Teenagers Who Have Lost Fathers (ie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). After a while their clever and insightful comments become just annoying. I was disappointed. The author should stick to adults.
I didn't even finish this book, which is rare for me, since I found nothing about it that I enjoyed or that I found compelling enough to hold my interest.