characters; antiquarian book context.
George and Jess
The female reader's voice was very good for female characters; but was HORRIBLE for male characters!! This detracted from getting to know the male characters.
I enjoyed the plot, although the climax of the novel can be seen from many miles away.
The narration had a negative effect on my enjoyment of this book. To be specific, it was the voices for the male characters. The vocal placement was unnecessarily dropped and scratchy for one character, while Emily's friend with a degree from MIT sounded like a surfer dude.
Sadly, not really. Parts are extremely engaging.
This book has a cast of very contrasting characters with opposite stories and lives that eventually interweave and come together for a very satisfying read. I had a very hard time getting used to the narrator as she made the lead female characters sound like they were whiney thirteen year olds. Enjoyable from start to finish.
Stopped listening after too many hours in to the story. Really did not like the characters and didn't care about how the story ended.
Narration was fine.
Very sorry that I downloaded it.
Particularly in the beginning, the story jumped to a new character every chapter, which might be easier to follow if you were reading the book in print, but was difficult to catch on to in the audio version.
The narration was tolerable but one or two of the voices were like sandpaper, especially the voice of
Boredom in many parts, faint interest in others
Will be fun for natives of the Bay Area - lots of local spots referenced which brings back the fun into the book in spite of the flawed narration.
I really enjoy books about brilliant women and enjoyed the first 60 pages then it turned into a harlequin romance set in silicon valley! It became tedious to read anymore. When she starts talking business because "she wants to make her rival boyfriend feel better" i turned off the book.
I enjoyed the story overall. It was a story of love and loss. It also included a fictionalized history of the dot com boom and crash, and it's a love letter to antique books. As a computer person and lover of antique and classic books myself, it kept my interest. The description of the books made me want to find an antique book store!
The narrator was ok. She did a pretty good job creating different voices for the characters, however her voice sounded somewhat young girlish, and it was distracting to me at some points.
It's always a little strange when a male narrator tries to create a female character and a female tries to create a male, but in this case, it was a bit more annoying because of her voice in general.
She wasn't as good as Martin Jarvis when he reads Dickens, but she wasn't terrible either.
I'd recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in a good love story
The narrator was so poor she ruined the book for me. I finally gave up and decided to go to a library to finish reading it. I usually find that listening enhances my pleasure but not in this case.
I kept wanting to like this book, but in attempting to do so much, it failed to move me. I found the love stories unconvincing and most of the characters as superficial as they time in which they lived (maybe that was the point?) I was particularly disappointed with the narrator. Her women were OK, but I cringed whenever she did men. They all had gnarled voices (it was impossible to imagine any of them as romantic figures) and her "Jewish" accents were hackneyed and embarrassing.