A better narrator with a better, non-annoying voice.
A more involving story.
I stopped listening after a few tries.
Really could not' say as I never got involved with any of the characters
Wish I could get this book exchanged with another
The Paris Wife is not well written made worse by the narration; overly dramatic as if she was reading to a child. Sadly, the story was interesting, but hard to stick with it to the end. Can't figure out why it has been given so many stars!
I would recommend this book because it is an interesting story, beause it was easy to listen to on speaker in the car, and because it is based on historical events.
Sad at the end, but interesting.
I enjoyed the book so much that I then listened to The Sun Also Rises. And now I am reading Green Mansions. The Purple Land will be next.
In this historical fiction, Paula McLain gives wonderful voice to Hadley, Hemingway's first wife and the driving force behind his early success. It is wonderfully evocative and I suggest a follow up of listening to A Moveable Feast, the latest edition, which is the least edited and most true to his actual writing, containing many passages, in mulitple forms, that were edited out of the posthumously published original. One thing you will also notice: what a wonderful job McLain does in capturing the essence of the character of Hadley in her book--because Hemmingway's writing mirrors it exactly.
I'm a retired book editor who likes to grumble about things.
I'm afraid I found the story fairly dreary and depressing. The book itself is well written, and I thought the reader did an excellent job, but we know what's going to happen. Reading this book is almost like slowing down on the highway to stare at a car wreck. Also, of course, there are plenty of delightful books to be read about Paris in the 20s if that's your particular interest.
I prefer audio
I put myself right into her shoes and felt immersed in the story
It would have been nice, but it wasn't possible....so I could hardly wait to get back to it.
Reviewed this book at book club. Some people hated it. It was very sad. Some people loved it. Had to purchase the companion book by Ernest Hemingtonway that tells of the early Paris years from his perspective. One mark of a good book is that it gives the reader such a strong emotional feeling. This book certainly does that.
I could never immerse myself in the story. The overly dramatic narration was tedious and distracting.
I loved "A Moveable Feast" Hemingway's reflection on this time in Paris with his first wife. Unfortunately this revisionist story lacked a feeling of authenticity. I imagined Hadley having much more depth than this fictionalized version portrays. The story just did not work for me.
The reader's tone was soothing.
I enjoyed knowing that this was a fact based story.
she was able to pronounce the french words beautifully were as I would have had to skip over them.
When reading dialogue she had great intonation and rhythm. I felt like I was listening to people from the 1920's ,
no. I wanted to savor it.