Maybe not the best choice for narrator though. This is such a contemplative, poetic novel, and I associate the narrator with hard boiled crime. He is very clear though, so at least every word is understandable.
The book itself is a revelation, a jewel, a thing of beauty.
Oh my, I have heard so much praise for this book and this author. Well, it didn't work for me - not at all! First of all I tend to like Looooooong stories and this is short. Secondly, the writing is all over the place, one minute poetical and then down to earth, matter of fact and simplistic. Sometimes sentences were numbered! Why? I would listen to a line and think, "What IS the author trying to say with that sentence?! What is his message?" I had no idea. Some of his descriptions of light, how it can sparkle and refract on an early morning walk in the countryside, these passages enticed me, but they were all too few.
When the author focuses on relationship and interactions between people, if I was moved at all, I found his views depressing. The author chooses to depict horrible moments of strife, of failure, of inadequacies. Life is not made up of just those. The book is about father (priest), son (tinker) and grandson. The lives and the sons' interactions with their parents are depicted, not in a straightforward manner but delivered as memories and glimpses of past events, as personal reveries, in a rambling fashion without cohesion or engagement. The book is told as the grandson lies dying, surrounded by his family. But this meeting is just plain icky; it focuses solely upon illness and how decrepit we all become. A grandson has to shave his grandfather and it is not done with relish, not with love or kindness, not with the thought of helping a dear one about to pass away. Ugh, I didn't like this book at all. The book is depressing, inconsistent in writing style and the messages imparted are unclear.
I had a hard time enjoying the narration by Christian Rummel, given the content of the story and how it was written.
The language in this book is truly beautiful. I enjoyed the performance but this is a book that at times I wished I had the physical book in front of my so I could see the beauty of the words on the page.
Sorry.......but this one is not even worth your effort. Not sure what I was thinking when I purchased it. Don't do it!!!
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This book is a style of book (like American Pastoral) that many people seem to like but does little for me. There are pleasant little characters and evocative images, vignettes, and analogies. It even has a meaning worth revealing, yet for me, much of this might be done in a poem or short story with more intensity than in a novel.
I found "Tinkers" difficult to pay attention to for long. I don't think I have gotten more than a third of the way through its four and a half hours in three or four attempts. The language is flowery and over-blown.
I was also somewhat annoyed by the narrator's voice and delivery. Not my kind of book.
I'm sorry, but I just didn't understand this book. There were some well written parts but overall it was a tedious listen. I pushed myself to listen to it all.