Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
You may need to notch up the attention span while listening to The Tiger's Wife but I found it to be very worthwhile. The story jumps around a bit between history, myth and the present day but it's very entertaining and thought-provoking. I liked the characters, particularly the grandfather. It was very intriguing and I might listen to it again.
Property manager, Mom of 4 (almost grown), interested in historical novels, knitting, skiing, entertaining. I share with my husband who likes the mysteries and thrillers.
The story was haunting, but at the end I was left with feeling that nothing was complete. Did not love this book. Perhaps future works will resolve more.
The performance was great! The story had good potential, but was a little far fetched and never seemed to get where it was going. Not my favorite book by far.
I think I voice similar sentiments as other reviewers. This story is amazing and engrossing. Each tale begins so far away from the main story, but manages to end up tying together the story in the present. There are great juxtapositions between science and supernatural, love and war, right and wrong. Because of the beautiful and elaborate descriptions throughout the book, in comparison, the ending seems quick, dry, flat, with a good part of the tale left untold. Sure, the author gives you enough information for you to surmise what happens, but why end so abruptly? It really does feel like the author was forced to hastily finish up the last chapter for a deadline. If you like extremely descriptive stories that make you feel like you in the characters' world, then you will like almost all of this book. The enjoyment of listening to the first 11 hours makes up for the disappointing last 5-10 minutes, but I wish the ending was given the care and time the rest of the story received.
First of all the reading. And make it shorter!!
The man isn't very well understandable.
It's just too long a story. I had to struggle my way through it.
The book was impressive for such a young author but I found it hard to get through and often dull.
They were great narrators. They were as good as an oscar winning actor.
This book wasn't what it was hyped to be. Its well narrated but the story its self I found to be dull and I could have done without reading it.
I listened to this book because it was the book of the month for our book club. I didn't understand the title and how it related to the book and in particular, the ending. I found I was confused and kept wondering what one thing had to do with another. I understood it was telling the story of many, from past and present, but I just didn't really like it. I felt the narrator did a fine job but the story did absolutely nothing for me. Sorry....
Say something about yourself!
I had many emotions while reading this book. I was just weird for me. Too many stories and not a consistent storyline. I was a bit confused.
Very well written but not my type of book. I was glad when it ended.
I liked the descriptive verse, although at times it was a bit tedious and ongoing. The folklore was fascinating, yet sad that people could be so naive and stubborn in their misguided beliefs.
My favorite part was the father narrating the story about the undead man. Great story teling.
I thoroughly enjoyed the male narrator, but the female narrator was less interesting.
No, I think it ended perfectly, leaving the reader to ponder if the granddaughter ever meets up with the undead man and confirm he has the book.
Overall, a little long, but loved the story.
Like so many other reviewers, I appreciate Obreht's vivid writing, her insight into post-war life in the Balkans, but got lost in the jumping around between the many fantasies and stories.
The narrator speaks in an unbearably precious upper-crust and breathless British accent, with a repetitive sing-song melody that renders every description (and there's a lot) the same. But then she gives some characters these sinister or super-snide tones, so that I find myself repeating the lines to myself to see what other possibilities would have made more sense. I gave up half way through.