First, good narration. But after that, this just droned on and on like a very long NPR special, the kind where a reporter is clearly enthralled with a boring town somewhere real people seldom want to visit, and you hear all the sounds of the place in the background drowning out the voice of the reporter. Too many sidebars that lost track of the story itself.. I gave up half an hour into part 2.
This is the perfect Book to read when the humidity is over 80%! You already FEEL like you're in the Amazon and Anne Patchett will transport you there.
A great read!!! The story was thick with atmosphere making the Amazon come alive. This is my first time reading Ann Patchett so Im going to try Bel Canto next.
We really enjoyed this book right up until the end. It was suggested for summer reading in Parade magazine and it was intriguing. Just not a great ending!
I have been waiting for Ann Patchett to write another incredible novel since Bel Canto, and this was it. After finishing it I went to Bel Canto for another read and found it just as delicious as the first time.
I normally gravitate towards more murder mystery/legal thriller type novels for my "mind candy" but decided to venture out a bit with State of Wonder. I was not disappointed. I found this listen engaging and entertaining. I looked forward to my run so I could listen to this beautifully written story.
The reason for the 3 stars, vs. 4 or 5 was due to the ending. I found the ending a bit forced (rushed, maybe?) and didn't think it really fit with the voice of the remainder of the book. I was left feeling a little off. All in all, though, I really enjoyed Patchett's writing style and Davis's narration.
One couldn't ask for more than Hope Davis narrating Ann Patchett's latest novel. Generally, I listen to non-fiction and read fiction, feeling that the voices of fiction are better left to my imagination. But this experience has changed my mind, and I just downloaded other novels narrated by Davis. She is supremely talented - the characterizations through voicealone are amazing. I would say she even gives voice to the Amazon. She and Patchett are a superb combination.
Ann Patchett writes well and her stories are not only gripping but she can be very unsentimental as she doles out the fate of beloved characters. I could 't put it down. Also, very well read by Hope Davis.
Padgett's Bel Canto earned her many accolades and State of Wonder deserves just as many, if not more. Once again, Padgett has taken an usual situation and made it deliciously credible. Her character development is one of the reasons the story is so believable. Another is the vast amount of research Padgett obviously did on the subject matters. This one will not disappoint any reader!
After a slow start the story began to engage my interest, but I have to agree that the ending felt abrupt and left too much of the story unresolved to be satisfying. I thought of numerous other ways Patchett could have ended the story that would have provided the reader/listener a more complete sense of conclusion, and which would have made more sense given the cast of characters.
Hope Davis rendered a serviceable performance, providing enough nuanced character differentiation for the characters to stand on their own.
An overall okay listen, but nothing about the story or the performance was so outstanding as to warrant more than 3 stars IMHO.