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.
Mary Liechty Adams
Interesting character development and portrayal in this historical fiction piece. As in life, parts of this story get protracted and a little dull. As well, there are some wonderful parts!
It was exactly what I thought it would be and more.
I love Hemingway and the the way the story was told about him from Hadley's experience.
True to the lives of them both.
I very much liked the beginning of it but I did not finish the book. There is a point (where I have seen through multiple reviews) where one loses interest and doesn't care any more about the main character. I got hit by this spot too.
yes: close your eyes and the colors and descriptions make for a wonderful being-there experience
The insight into the artist-life in Paris in the 1920's
The introduction to the personage of Earnest Hemmingway in a very intimate manner
no! it was great to have time to mull over the different parts of the story and let them be part of my life
Well written and performed about a fascinating time in American/European history with tidbits about famous artists of that era. Too bad audible books aren't accompanied by photos that would deepen the experience.