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.
I thought the start of the story was great but I couldn't get past the narrator's pitch. She read everything as if it was the most urgent thing in the world, it was very annoying. I'm not usually that criticle, but I disliked it so much I could'nt listen. Not sure which reader was the culprit.
The Tiger's Wife is a dazzling show of newcomer Tea Obreht's literary power. For being only 25 years old, I'm both mesmerized and insanely jealous.
Though I was impressed, I was ultimately disappointed and perplexed. The novel is dense and reads much like heavy literature. The story is interesting but it ultimately never goes anywhere. I think readers should know this novel is more of an academic exploration, a character study rather than a mystery waiting to be solved.
Susan Duerden is decent and does well pronouncing all the Serbian names and locations but I think she's overly British for this tale and I think they could have picked someone with a different accent. Robin Sachs brief interludes are terrific and really add depth and texture to the terrific character of the grandfather. I wouldn't change his bits at all.
The Tiger's Wife to me, is a heavily layered journey, emphasis on the heavy. It is enjoyable once you're a few chapters in but much of this novel felt like work. I recommend people read this book with a spirit of academic study. It doesn't read like a relaxing, engaging story but rather a maze of characters, time, location, wars, points of view and everything in between. It's a complicated book with little revelation and resolution.
By the end, I'm not sure the journey was worth it which is why I'm rating the book with 3 stars.
I did read this book less than a year ago, but I had to re-read the review by the publisher to remember it. The story is fine and it is a good read. But it was just not memorable, and I don't want to read it again.
I downloaded this nearly a year ago and whenever I finish an audiobook away from my computer I go back to this and listen to a little more. I just can't listen for long. The story is fantastical but... somehow extremely boring. I don't even really care anymore what happened to this woman's grandfather or the mute wife of the tiger or the muscian woman who married a gay man or Death's nephew who is traveling around in his own private purgatory. Those all sound interesting, don't they? Somehow, in my opinion, the author managed to make them all boring. Despite my repeated best efforts, I just don't care. At this point, I keep hoping they'll all die so the book can just end already.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
This was a novel my bookclub picked out and I wasn't thrilled with the choice, but I was wrong. This book is really lovely. The words of the novel itself and the narrator do a wonderful job of transporting you to another place and time. The story is not linear, but it's interesting to follow and the perspective is unique in that the book almost takes you through time and place by following superstition. There is an element of the supernatural but not in the obvious way of the vampire-genre type books, but in a way that you can almost understand the motivations of the believers. Really excellent. The only reason I didn't give the book five starts is that the jumped around a bit too much in sections and some of the tangents were almost too tangential - I might have saved those words for more depth on the critical characters. It almost made the book seem intentionally over complex in parts, but really, a great read. Very highly recommended.
I didn't even finish this book, so I can't really review it as a whole because maybe it gets a lot better at the end. But, in the first half, I never developed any interest in or care for the main characters. So great was my diffidence that I stopped listening altogether.
Maybe I'll take it up again if I'm trapped somewhere and have no other option....
I think I would prefer the print version.
I'm gonna listen to it one more time before Book Club - it just wasn't that memorable for me.