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.
Ever since I finished this story I have been missing Morena, the main character. Her amazing adventures became a part of my life as Hope Davis introduced me to all the characters as if they were real and very unique persons. I have read all of Ann's novels and this one took me away again. Such excellent writing and story telling. If you want a story to take you away, this is it.
The first half of the book was a slog. I kept waiting for something to happen as I had read so many good reviews. Patchett uses the Fitzgerald-Gatsby technique of having the focal character Dr. Swenson not show up until part way through the book, while the other characters all discuss and describe her before we, the reader-listener, meet her. The book really kicked into gear once main character Marina Singh goes down the Amazon with companions Annick and Easter to their jungle home. The second half of the book made getting through the slog very worthwhile. The ending twisted in some delightfully unexpected and expected ways, just like the dark, mysterious Amazon River itself. So skim the first half of the book, but definitely read/listen to and enjoy the second half of this book.