I liked how the whole thing was centered around the tightrope walker - it was nice seeing the different ways that unconnected event was woven into other people's lives. The writing had some beautiful moments where it sounded almost like poetry, and for the first part, before the various relationships were clear, it really did feel like a collection of poems. The characters were sympathetic and their voices mostly convincing. The last chapter, though, was a disappointment.
15+ hrs I managed to listen to only because I had already downloaded it.
The idea was good in theory but the dialog was stilted and shallow.
He may be an acclaimed author but I won't check out his other works unless I want to be put to sleep.
I listened to this all the way through the first half of the second book, then quit. It just did not keep my attention. It is well written, but focuses for long periods on dialogues of no action and little psychological interest. Perhaps it is too subtle for me.
Enjoy great history books
Of the 80 audio books I have listened to, this was my favorite for content and narration. I just did not want it to end!
This is my first review on Audible, but I felt so strongly about this book that I just had to write. While some reviewers point out that the book is not long on plot, to focus on this is to do a disservice to this beautiful story of everyday peoples' lives intersecting and intertwining in delightful ways. Granted, there are no explosions and the body count is not very high, but I always enjoy books that show us a slice of the lives of people we come to care about. It's each of their unique way of looking at the world that paints this very complex and stimulating picture of one day in their lives; the day itself made unique by the tightrope walker. While not a "who-done-it," I found myself listening in the driveway to see how the current scene would resolve itself. I loved this book, and think you will too. Do yourself a favor and give it a read -- if only to find out how he got that wire strung between the Twin Towers!
Say something about yourself!
The walker was stunningly portrayed--whenever he is the focus, this book sings. A few others are likable & well drawn, but most or the novel is spent with characters that I suspect even the author does not like. No thank you.
To be honest, this may be a wonderful book, but I bowed out after about an hour and a half. The over-the-top Irish accent was so annoying I just couldn't take it. Every sentence was read in the same sing-song fashion, and I found it too obnoxious to handle.
Kind of like friends.....if they ultimately just don't add to your life in a positive way, you can do other things with your time. I loved Tillie and Carrigan and the prostitutes, but the rest was just endlessly boring and contrived.
I love reading and listening to well written literature. I especially like long books with well developed characters. I enjoyed the frist narrator and Chapter of this book. By the time the 2nd section rolled around with a dull irritating female narrator, I could not go on. This chapter concenred a vapid yuppie's life. Nothing happened, i could not figure out why it was there at all. Life is too short to slog through material that does not thrill me (when reading for pleasure). This was one where I had to look elsewhere for entertainment.