I was flowing along, listening to the story, the jungle, the "mission". The narration was fine. The set up looked promising... Slow, but promising. Then, well, somebody might have snacked on the mushrooms! This just got silly I tried to stay connected with the story and the author. Searching for the "Wonder", I found not much more than: "Huh"?
I don't regret listening to this. I do wish I had that credit back though.
As a literature teacher and voracious reader, I was excited to listen to a book with so many wonderful reviews. A quarter through the book, I was still waiting for the brilliance. It takes forever to get to what I thought was the plot. I patiently continued, still waiting, ending with little satisfaction. While this book is very well read, the plot is so thin and ultimately ridiculously unrealistic, it completely lost me. If you like science/medical-related plots, don't bother - it lacks any kind of reality. I'm still questioning all the accolades of this book, the wonderful reviews, the placement on 'best of' lists - I find it baffling. As a fairly eclectic reader, I can find some value in most books - not this one. Don't waste your money or your credit.
Narration was too slow, I had to speed up the i-pod. Could've done without all the dream remembrances. Way too long for not much content. I would not recommend this.
The main character is supposed to be a highly intelligent MD/PhD but she seems really unintelligent and uninteresting Patchett's dialogue. Her character doesn't seem to evolve truly. It was a flat experience for me and the characters became sort of parodies and predictable by the end. I'm not sure I've enjoyed an Ann Patchett since Bel Canto.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
This book has received a great deal of attention and praise. Perhaps I missed something. That sometimes happens when I listen to a book while doing something else even something as mindless such as riding around in circles on my tractor. But I'm writing this review after just having finished a trilogy by Brandon Sanderson that just blew my socks off and this cannot compare even closely. The story itself was just okay but "listening" to it sometimes seemed confusing with regard to person. It seemed like the protagonist was telling the story (1st person) but then the reader shifted to (she said) 3rd person. Maybe it was just me but that seemed a distraction and the story was just not that fascinating or even interesting or original.
Carol Deming Casey
Ann Patchett writes lyrically in all of her descriptions, the eloquence in which she uses the written word to bring to life this memersizing story is beyond reproach. This is the first works of Ms. Patchell I have encountered and it has created a hunger in me for more. Absolutely worth the time to drive into this wonderful piece of work.
Addicted to Audible!
This is the second time I have purchased an ann patchett book based on the awesome recommendations and been disappointed. Both this book and BelCanto disappointed me. Perhaps I just dont like her writing style, the plot was beyond ridiculous and her books seem to all just end bluntly without a well crafted ending. The character development was good. I think she is completely overrated. The only thing I liked was the reader which made it bearable!
I am surprised to see all the glowing reviews about this book. I found it slow and tedious. I have enjoyed other books by this author and I really wanted to like this book. As hour after hour of it went by, I found I really just wanted it to end so I could start something new.
Beach, Palm Tree, Good Book
I have some complaints but I did kind of enjoy the book. I have to ask, who's bright idea was it to have Marina take Larium ? Well, of course she had nightmares. Malarone would have been the logical choice since she wasn't planning on staying in the jungle all that long and there are no psychotic side effects. If Big Pharma could fling money at the Jungle Project all that time, surely they could have treated her to the high-priced drug. And, what's all that nonsense with the insipid Mr. Fox? Marina is a hottie - what was she doing with him? And Dr. (Kurtz) Swenson? I know Mr. Kurtz. I read Heart of Darkness, and Dr. Swenson, you are no Mr. Kurtz. Or was that satire? I'm confused.The best thing about this book was the vivid rendering of the jungle. I really did like that. Okay, and I liked the little kid. And, there was the satire - at least I'd like to believe that. In fact I'd like to believe that the whole book was satire. Maybe I should listen again with that in mind - except I didn't like the narration. Once they got to the Jungle, they all sounded like Dr. Swenson.
Most of the characters sounded alike.
I might, just for the jungle scenery.
I loved Bel Canto.
To be quite frank.... the story was borderline ridiculous and boring. So happy to have finally finished it.