So boring and poorly written. I think it made it worse that it was an audible. It somehow made it even more clear to me how poorly written it was. Waste of time.
I really enjoyed this book and find it hard to understand why so many reviewers criticize the reader. I think she does an excellent job and her voice for Hadley and others in the book fits the time period perfectly. The story is fiction but appears to be very much based on fact. It's a fascinating look at an era and many famous characters, such as F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein etc.
I found I struggled a little after about the half way point because not a lot seemed to be happening. Once I finished the book, I realized that there was a great deal happening in a subtle way! I really enjoyed this book. Carrington MacDuffie was extremely easy to listen to and to believe!
Slow....interesting, but I found myself drifting off thinking about other things while listening. There wasn't enough movement in the story. There was no noticeable growth...not really. I wanted an exciting read. It wasn't.
I liked the perspective of the story being written from Hadley Hemmingway's point of view. As with many geniuses, Earnest Hemmingway was a troubled man and those around him were made to suffer too. Though this is a fictional autobiography, I found it to be enlightening and very enjoyable.
Echoing what's been said before, the narration unfortunately ruins the book. If you know the story of Hadley and Hem, it's fraught with melancholy that simply can't be communicated by the narrator. Most of her sentences end with a slight raising of the voice, making each line sound as if it's completely shocking and possibly the punchline of terrible joke. It reminds me of the way a mother would read to a child - over-animated and juvenile. This is coupled with what I think of as a "Connecticut Boarding School" tone of voice that is very affected. The story is good, but almost impossible to enjoy in this format.
I like biographies, and this book was more like a biography than a novel to me. The author displayed some bright moments in the writing style in some descriptions. Otherwise, it didn't stir much emotion in the writing. What grated on me was nearly every conversation began or ended with "she said" "he said" "I said." I can't remember the author using other words that described *how* something was said. The narrator was the only clue to emotion. I still wasn't thrilled with the narrator. She did well enough for the most part; but during some conversations, the only way I could differentiated between the speakers was those dreaded words "she said" "I said" and yes, even "he said."
I would not try another book by either McLain or MacDuffie. The narrator definitely ruined the story for me and I wasn't very impressed in the first place with the strength of the writing.
The narrator's style was very much like a parent reading a fairy tale to a toddler. It was horrible. She made the character's dialogue sound like high school drama students. This was especially disappointing considering one of the main characters is Ernest Hemingway!
Marriage to Ernest Hemingway would be the ultimate challenge. Combine his personality and restleness with Hadley's insecurities and dependency is to realize there can be nothing other than a turmulous outcome. Their relationship was not fun to read about but hearing about the people ( Stein, Pound, Fitzgeralds) living in Paris at the same time makes this book.
It was a book club book. I don't think I would have finished it if it were a printed book. I personally am not a Heminway fan and the foreshadowing is a little heavy in this book. (
if they want a glimpse of what Hemingway's life was like in the early years then yes, but otherwise no, especially if you don't like bull fighting which I detest.
Ok but not riveting. Needs to learn Spanish pronunciation.
I would rent the DVD so I could skip the bull fighting.