Mind you, I have yet to find a novel by Ann Patchett that I have not thoroughly enjoyed! She is a gifted writer producing truly entertaining and thoughtful books.
My daughter recommended this book to me and I loved it! The story and characters are fascinating and the setting--the jungles of the Amazon--is both beautiful and terrifying. The narration by Hope Davis is the best I've ever heard; you'd swear you were hearing a cast of actors.
I kept waiting for this book to get interesting and was incredibly disappointed with the ending. I rarely regret listening to a book but I feel like I wasted hours on a story that went nowhere.
Pretty interesting story line about a tree bark which keeps the Amazon natives fertile into their 70s and then leads to a possible anti malaria finding. Interesting ending which could lead to a sequel. Don't know why she keeps calling her lover Mr Fox.
It's an interesting tale, but I like books that are closer to reality. Well written and an excellent reader. I kept on listening as it had enough twists and turns to be interesting.
This is excellent listening...it's a wonderful journey into a place many of us won't ever see, the deep jungle. Charaters are engaging, and the reader is drawn into the protagonist's world immediately. This is a purchase you won't regret: it's not one of those "iffy" books: it's a great one!
This was my first Ann Patchett book and I was not disappointed. I ran out and bought two more of her novels. While the audio version was excellant I feel that I want to read her wonderful prose instead of listening to it. The story was more than interesting and the narration flowed, even though the accents were sometimes confusing. This story had so many involving elements:fertility, academia, big business and the messy business of relationships. Ann Patchett gets all these with an incredible eye for detail. Thoroughly enjoyable!
I'm not sure which is better...the story alone or Hope Davis' reading of it. She makes this book more perfect than it already was.
My book club is a fairly diverse collection of people ranging in age from 35 to 69 and preppy to reformed hippie. Without a doubt this book struck a chord with all of us.... the plot takes you to a place that you just don't expect. I enjoyed this story much more than I did Bel Canto. The characters develop throughout the book and you begin to care about even the least likeable of them.
Half of my group listened to the book. They agreed with me that the narrator was great. The audible version allowed me to immerse myself even deeper into the strange jungle land of the story. I enjoy listening to books that contain scientific and medical terms without worrying about how to pronounce them.
work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.
This book was captivating for its well written descriptions of the amazon, and an interesting plot line. I thought some of the characters were somewhat one dimensional, but the plot made it worthwhile, overall, this was the best Ann Patchett I've read so far.