I enjoyed State of Wonder and would suggest that if readers enjoyed Avatar (the new 3-D movie) AND African Queen (the old b/w movie) there is a good chance they will like this book. Ann Patchett's novel takes the reader into darkest, buggiest Amazon and also to a jungle forest with seemingly magical powers. A fine, solid work of fiction and a terrific listen for audible.com subscribers.
I really enjoyed this book right up until the very last chapter. The descriptions and character development are wonderful. It feels like the author just gave up on the story line and decided the book was simply over.
I'm glad a lot of people enjoyed this book, but to me it is the second most boring book I have listened to. The idea behind the story was great, but the story could have been told in two hours.
Ann Patchett is one of my very favorite authors, and on the whole this reading was pretty good. If your name is Marina, however, as mine is, be prepared for a constant mangling of the name. And since, as the main character, her name comes up A LOT, this was like a constant grating static. The reader could not stick with one pronunciation. How hard is it--really?! "Marina" like a boat marina. Get it straight.
I thought I would like this book. The narrator was wonderful.. the book?? not so much...too many loose nds.. too much "description" and not enough why's and wherefores.. yes we know it is HOT is the Amazon.. yes we know there are bugs and snakes.. but cannibals who don't eat anyone?.. women chewing bark ( yes bark) off of trees to be able to have children at 70.. gezz keep me away from that stuff.. I would rather have malaria than have to listen to this again
I loved Ann Patchett's Bel Canto and liked The Magician's Assistant, so I was prepared to enjoy State of Wonder. I wasn't however, expecting to be drawn into the story so utterly. I wasn't prepared to listen to what was one of the best books I have ever read. I can't recommend it highly enough.
This thoroughly enjoyable and beautifully written story is a wonderful escape from the debt ceiling. While it does require some degree of suspension of reality, I guess that's partly the point. It is well worth the time.
I enjoyed this book very much. The narration was easy to follow and the readers voice was soothing. I did find the main character a bit insipid and the narrator read her a bit whiny. The supporting characters were all great though. Ann Patchett brought the mystery of Brazil and the rainforest to you and I could really sense the environment. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction about travel and science lovers.