Slow book, slow narrator, slooooow. The narrator's style was good, great for the sections where the main character was being contemplative, but not the rest.
The next book I listened to had more interesting events in the first 2 hours than this book! Again, not that the story was bad, just too little of it.. and this is the first audible book I listened through with my player set to
Bel Canto is one of my all time favorite books, and as such, I have been hesitant to read another book by Ann Patchett for fear it couldn't match Bel Canto. While I am not certain from where the title comes--probably just the drug aspect--this didn't meet Bel Canto for me. While this story is interesting and certainly worth the listen, Bel Canto was a simple story with unusual interpersonal relationships that made a great novel. State of Wonder relies more on story-line. Those who prefer a good story may like this book better.
Overall a very good book, nicely narrated. I didn't care for the final scene (don't want to include a spoiler), but that's a personal opinion about how I wanted the story to go.
Good story, well-written... very enjoyable. I have read several of Ann Patchett's books and I really do enjoy her writing.
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!