I think this book is was very a very good listen and can easily rate it 5 stars, but could see how this book might not be for everyone. The narrator is excellent in my view - I thought his accents were great - I have to assume that he is pronouncing the names correctly. It's a mystery to me why a listener would not like him. The story is very well told - for an apt review - read the B&N review which I think hits the mark, except I didn't think the title character was a pring. The story seemed very authentic to me and doesn't follow a predictable tract - it's more like what actual humans would do. For some reason, I can have a hard time getting into stories set it Asia, but once I did get into this book, I was hooked. Not my all time favorite, but am very glad I took a chance on it.
The depth of this book is amazing. Gripping and superbly crafted. The historical detail is impressive. This is a must - I couldn't stop listening.
This was an outstanding and wonderful audible experience- my favorite audible book to date. The work is brilliant and interesting and engrossing and beautiful, each narrator is perfect, and I did not want this book to ever end. Absolutely amazing.
It contains some wise and odd, beautiful bits. Shows the possibilities of appreciation for a nation, culture and personality intrinsically different from one's own. Loved it.
Gorgeous! By the final third I gave up listening to this tale in bits and pieces and just let myself enjoy an "all nighter" of brilliant story telling and artistry Both narrators are very gifted as well. I'm so glad I got to hear this performance. Thanks to Mitchell and crew for this winner!
I am sad to say that this is the most poorly narrated audiobook that I have ever heard. ALL of the characters have a strong British accent the japanese character. the Dutch characters everyone, it completely ruined the story for me. Spend your money on the book and you will be aple to cherish the words and create your own voice for these lovely characters
David Mitchell had problems during potty training...his love of describing bowel movements in this book is ridiculous. The story flip flopped all over the place and became boring during several parts. It was like the movie "Reds" with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton: Way too long and tighter editing may have resulted in an interesting story.
The writing of this book is awe inspiring. How he wove the story with all the different languages and idea's and people was a feat. I loved the story of the woman when she was sent to the "nunnery" . One of my favorite moments in the book was when the slave had his life narrated. I was glued to my headphones. The only negative thing about this book is there is nothing uplifting to cling onto and when I went to listen to it again I stopped because I felt a bit depressed.
Best narrator, best story... I only have one hour and 45 minutes to go, and I am so sad that this wonderful book is almost over. The narrator, Jonathan Aris, is the new Frank Muller. I would listen to him read the phone book!
I feel like i have just discovered one of the greatest living novelists and can't wait to read more. Not a word is wasted. A high class read that rewards. Brilliantly read.