Yann Martel has gotten something here. I had heard all the hype and read all of the reviews for his earlier book, "Life of Pi" ands decided to give a listen to a book a listen less known.
I was plesantly surprised by this book. His use of Animals as people brings a whole new feel to the story. The animal may say something politically incorrect but the listener does not come to a quick judgement because after all its just an animal.
He integrets the humans into the story by expertly letting the animals tell the story. The conclussion of the story is nothing you may think, it took me by surprise.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, that is nothing like anything you have ever read.
I really liked this book. It definately wasnt what I was expecting, but I do love the symbolism and depth that this author writes with.
It made me really think more about how people are affected by situations and circumstances in their lives. amazing.
Not sure as didn't read printed version.
The interesting correlations of examples to events I wouldn't normally put together.
Great inflection, character voices, speed
The last chapter
Seemed to be very slow paced book at first. Caught my full attention in the end!
TERRIBLE BOOK. poor story line and very very dark! Nothing like Life of Pi. I
was hoping for another witty story but was so disappointed
I listened to the sample and then wanted to hear more. The story was interesting, I like the descriptions used in the book. Overall, the story was not what I expected and I was even a little disappointed in the end.
Glad I "read" it, but wouldn't "read" it again.
No, I would not. Ultimately, there are more questions than answers at the end. One never finds out WHY the taxidermist chooses Henry, or why the ending is as it is (not to spoil things). I never heard the name of WHAT city this takes place in (the reader's pronunciations suggest Canada), and for some reason that distracted me. I loved the characters of Beatrice and Virgil (who wouldn't?), ultimately, a very unsatisfying book.
Retired teacher. Hometown: Eden, NY.
Talent ... integrity ... professionalism.
George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM. There is a depth of allegorical similarity pertaining to a societal cataclysm in each book. In addition, the gradual revelation that all is not what it appears to be is a major theme of each book. I thought I knew quite a bit about the Holocaust, but the genuine darkness of which man is capable has made me reconsider my smugness. BEATRICE AND VIRGIL is a magnificent piece of well-written allegorical fiction.
This is my first experience with an audio book. In truth, Mark Bramhall's incredible talent and unbelievable acting ability can only enhance any book he reads. Mr. Bramhall will always be a consideration for future audible.com books I purchase.
Evil Never Dies. (But nothing can compare to the original title.)
This is a magnificent novel written by a highly gifted author, read by a profoundly talented actor, and has been one of the most awesome literary experiences of my life. A slow reader by nature (I don't want to "miss" anything, so I find myself re-reading and underlining and making marginal comments to the point of distraction), I "read" this book in under half the time it usually takes me to complete fiction. Actually, I was so drawn in by the entire artistic performance that I am beginning to see my note-taking as a hindrance to enjoyable and intellectually profitable reading... at least of fiction.Earlier today I wrote a much more extensive review, but - sadly - I didn't save it. While making minor changes, my clumsy fingers lost it. Just as well, perhaps ... at the moment BEATRICE AND VIRGIL really seems to belong to me alone.
I look forward to more of these remarkable offerings from audible.com.Hats off to Yann Martel and Mark Bramhall. With that combination, you will always have a winner!
I loved Life of Pi. I'm sure you did too, and that that's why you're thinking about getting Beatrice and Virgil. I thought this book was even better. If you're reading these reviews, then you know by now that the ending of this book is shocking and sad, and that such endings are not for everybody. Perhaps I, having read those other reviews in advance, was inoculated from the shock of that ending, even as I spent the entire book in suspense, knowing that something awful was going to happen before it was over. Perhaps as a result of this forewarning (or perhaps not), I found the ending as brilliant and satisfying as it was disturbing and horrifying.
Prior to that ending, as even the harshest critics of the book here seem to agree, Yann Martel writes throughout with the same beautiful, flowing prose that made Life of Pi such an achievement. It is the audio-equivalent of a page-turner, every bit as much as that earlier book was.
Finally, I also want to praise the pitch-perfect performance delivered by Mark Bramhall. I normally feel that the best that a narrator of an audiobook can aspire to accomplish is simply to stay out of the author's way. But Bramhall narrates with such perfect emotional resonance, endowing each character with so much life and personality, that I believe that anyone who reads only the text version of this book will have missed out on the full experience of it.
I liked reading to this book. However I had it set to the second speed most of the time. While listening and reading at the same time at actual speed, I kept getting too far ahead of the reader!
.... where what is happening seems provocative and the story is developing nicely just as the alarm clock sounds and you're jolted awake with that disappointing feeling that you'll never get back to it?That's the way I felt when this book ended. And, no, the conclusion was not thought-provoking or mysterious. Just disappointing. This book really missed the interplay between the good and evil in human nature that Life of Pi had and doesn't seem to succeed in conveying any of its grander themes.