I wouldn't listen to it again; this is a one-and-done read.
I liked hearing how each writer was going to handle his or her part of the plot.
The narration was OK. The accents and voices were so similar, it was sometimes difficult to tell who was talking.
Not a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting.
Fun concept, good execution. But because of the concept, character development isn't the strong point here. It's more about the mystery of which threads the next writer would pick up to weave into the story.
Very neutral on use of time. I suppose with the story being handed off to so many people it was bound to lack continuity. The premise was good, the story was good, but the changing of the "scenes" for lack of a better word was a bit distracting. also the announcement of the different writer.. it distracted from the story. The prologue stories were more enjoyable because they had a flow to them...
I would present the story as if one person had written it.. maybe encouraged less bouncing about with announcement that we were changing authors... I like the idea of multiple inputs but it could have been presented better.. I am no literary critic, what do i know?
the actual speaking was fine.. the presentation was too choppy for my liking
this would make and excellent movie.. better choice of presentation that audible book.
It was an interesting idea having so many writers contribute, but I don't think it worked. The writing was very uneven...some chapters were better than others. Also, while the story certainly had its entertains moments, it ultimately wound up being a bit cliche. This was disappointing, because the potential was there for a really great thriller--the back story was really creative, but the story played out like every other thriller on the market. On a brighter note, Molina's performance was quite good and I would certainly listen to other books that he narrates.
It's fun to see what the authors do with this challenge. You immediately will notice and be swept along by the energy level this approach creates. Authors generally follow one of two possible approaches: either they are quite organized and they work out their plot in advance, chapter by chapter, or they are more spontaneous and, with only a rudimentary framework, let their ideas flow. This is a third approach, and as with runners in a relay, each new person seizing the baton is filled with fresh energy and the urgency to not let down their team by being the one who underperforms. The resulting twists are fun for a while, but eventually the multiple characters and story lines and possibilities become confusing - at least they did for me. And I should add that I listen to my audiobooks while driving, or while doing my housework -- if I were just sitting down paying full attention it might have been different. I liked the book - a lot. Just this once.
Easy listen ....cause I stopped in the second chapter.
Could be good for someone studying plots, however.
A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!
I was drawn to this book to a large degree because of its unique premise. One story passed along through 15 different authors with no guidance or notes passed with it, just the trust in fellow professionals to do what they do. A bold concept.
Although The Chopin Manuscript is not as sharp and tight as a book written by a single author, you will still find the misdirects and twists you expect in a good thriller. Also several themes are carried through the entire book that binds the story together. There were lot of characters for a book this size and it did read a little spasmodic at times, and though I am no English major or literary expert, the differing “voices” of the authors (which I enjoyed) was evident through out. It wasn’t perfect, but I applaud the author team for doing a good job. Overall I found the book engaging and fun to read, so I say it worked.
As for the narrator, Alfred Molina is a talented actor and bounces between accents with amazing fluidity. He does a truly great job of bringing the dialogue-packed story to life.
In the end I gave the story 3 1/2 stars, and the performance 5 stars, for a solid 4 overall.
If you like a gripping story and great narration this is the one!
Each chapter was seamles with the prior one yet exciting in its own right.
The breakup of the plot to blow up the concert hall.
Chopin as never before.
I would recommend this work to everyone. You will not be able to stop listening.
This book is a fun idea that did not turn out well. Characters would be introduced only to disappear. A character would drive across the state only to return for such a simple plot device as forgetting a phone. This book was painful to listen to.