I wanted to "read" more by the author of "Cloud Atlas" so I picked this at random. It's a splendid display of craftsmanship. David Mitchell's grasp of japanese culture is on display as is his artistic touch with words on paper.
Here he stirs beautiful words into complex sentences into well wrought phrases into beautifully descriptive paragraphs, into this wonderful book.
I just discovered a new favorite writer.
Mitchell begins well and tells a spell-binding tale of multiple characters. The twists and turns of the plot are excellent. Then, it seems as if he lets the readers down with an ending that is somewhat meaningless. Still, overall, a good read.
I kept waiting to care about at least one of the characters. Unfortunately I did not come to care for any of them. This was a dull slow book. After reading other reviews I thought it would be a great book. I was sadly disappointed.
Good story, but I found the "upper" and "lower" class British accents distracting in a story about East Asia. Especially since the story included people of Asian descent and people from Ireland, Scotland and the British "lower" classes. Strange, distracting and seemingly unnecessary casting.
This was the best book I've listened to in the past year. Yes, the early part of the book is a little slow, but it sets up the story in such detail that you can picture the setting vividly. It becomes more fast-paced as the story progresses. I didn't want the book to end, and I miss the adventures of Jacob on my daily commute.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
While I did not like this book as much as I liked Cloud Atlas or Black Swann Green, I did very much like the story and the characters. I was excited to get in the car every day or go to lunch to continue listening to the story.
The main worry with this book is that it is not particularly believable. Stereotyped characters, some details of historical and linguistic inaccuracies and the simplified romantic thoughts of the main protagonist make it irritating to read. The reader however is very good.
This book started out as very interesting and all the characters were very engaging, but the author had a hard time maintaining his sub-plots. He left one character hanging and the end of the second section and never really resolved her rescue. No explanation, she was just free, and by the end of the final section he did not wrap up all the loose ends, at least not to my satisfaction. It is a good book and I can reccomend it, but I did feel let down at the end.
Simply stated, this book is an investment in time that may seen daunting at times. The author creates a wonderful world, intricately detailed and populated by vibrant and entertaining characters. While the story may seem to meander at times, in the end it is grippingly exciting and one realizes just how well the author has pulled it all together. The narration is entertaining and well done, in my opinion.