This book had received a lot of great reviews, so I figured the book couldn't be too bad... and I'm so glad I followed my instinct. This has been one of my favorite books!! I didn't expect to feel this strongly about a book, but I feel like it was so well written without being over the top the descriptive, that I had to share. I've had experiences with books that feel like they they go on and on "describing" things just to fill pages. The way State Of Wonder described things made you understand EXACTLY what the author was saying. There were parts where I became emotional from it all... Anyway, get this book. You won't regret it.
This book was good from the very start. The story is very orignal. The narator does a fantastic job. The end of the book leaves a few questions unanswered.
Listening to this audiobook prompted me to listen to two more Ann Patchett books and to seek other books narrated by Hope Davis. The central character is sympathetic, though the twist that resolves the story seems far fetched. You have to love the crusty 70-something researcher that she has to track down. Like Patchett's Bel Canto, you have an unusual cast of characters involved in unusual relationships; pushing the bounds of convention makes for an interesting, though not always believable, tale.
I'll start out by saying this was entertaining and engrossing, and the reader was excellent ...but..
Maybe it's just me because I am a scientist and develop drugs. The entire premise was completely inaccurate, and illogical to boot. Okay, so there's artistic license. This is far beyond that. NO company is going to fund something and not require a detailed regular report from the researcher. And no company would consider letting a funded researcher develop a drug's efficacy and safety in a makeshift lab and not know all the details. To say that drug development is so much more involved than that is an understatement.
And the feasibility of "the drug" that they kept referring to was ludicrous. They did all this work for years and then decided all of a sudden that it wasn't something people wanted? Without discussing that with the funding company!? Isn't that what happens BEFORE all the research even begins? (hint: It is).I kept hoping it wasn't going to be that simplistic and, well, dumb, but alas. Plus, their use of the term "vaccine" wasn't really kosher, but that artistic license I'll grant.
I don't want to seem pedantic, but COME ON.
Love the story and characters, some of the reviews were a tad negative but I've always been a fan of Patchett's and this book didn't let me down. A nice change of pace!
Ann Patchett is a remarkable storyteller -- this book is fabulous! She paints a vivid picture of the location and the people . . . she story is thought-provoking and inspiriing.
Long dull and boring story. Half of it is about the protagonist's daddy issues. flashbacks and dreams and constantly searching for the daddy that abandoned her as a child. She finds him in her lover, in a Brazilian, and even her old mentor, who happens to be a 70 year old pregnant woman. This book is a waste of time.
I read the reviews and decided to get the book. In my opinion, the story line was pretty good, but everything else fell short. I have never read an Ann Patchett book, but I found this one doesn't deliver. I kept listening and waiting for something -- anything -- to happen, but then the book ended. I was left with the feeling that I was robbed. I invested myself in this book, but did not get anything in return. Moreover, Hope Davis does not improve upon the story. The narration was flat and monotonic, and there was clearly no passion or feeling that was conveyed adequately. For anyone who is looking for a good read that delivers in narration, plot line, and emotion/feeling -- this is not the book to reach for.
Loved this book - such beautiful writing - Hope Davis' narration was spot on - there is a synergistic relationship between the writing and the narration that's hard to describe - quite compelling - it just works on a vey high level.
The ending seemed a little rushed compared to the rest of the book. Overall, I recommend it highly.
Loved everything about this book. Great story and characters. If I could give Hope Davis more than five stars for her performance I would.