The reader was great, the story compelling. I felt we were left with some loose ends, but the interplay of fable and history was very good.
I would recommend this book, but perhaps as a reading, rather than listening book. I wanted to go back to points I'd missed several times.
The grandfather was my favorite. Great reading, great character. The book really was about him, after all.
Everything to do with the zoo; everything to do with the Deathless Man.
Very good book that reads like a fable but hooks you like a novel. The author's setting of a fictional Balkan country allows the storyline the freedom to develop without being bound by specifics. Excellent examination of what is reality and what is not and the blurry line that separates. The reader reads the very poetic text quickly which aids in its beauty and there are sections of the grandfather's story telling that are narrated by a second "grandfather" reader - very effective. Definitely recommend.
Someone who likes to figure out things.
Maybe reading instead of listening but my book club didn't like get it either and we're not a bunch of kids.
Try another author, don't see how it can have been a best seller.
I wouldn't choose her first.
It was slow, boring and I didn't like the speakers voice either.
I only read part 1 so unless it picked up in part II I would not recommend this book.
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.
Almost retired Mom of 4. Property manager. Knitter.
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.