The entire action and drama in that books happens in the head of the main character and that doesn't seem to convey any particular idea as to what is going to happen to her later. It just looks like the author had an idea of the books and once that was on paper she had to stuff another 300 pages with something else.
The narrator sounds gloomy apathetic and it is hard to say when one action finished and another one has begun.
after reading this book I know I don't want to go there. This was a fully captivating story of a young Dr. who feels the need to find out what happened to her friend. It had a great story line and easily fit in geographical points of interest. I would recommend it to my friends.
While the story has some twists and turns I find them unlikely, unrealistic - totally pushing the limits of credibility. I don't want to reveal the story so I'll not discuss. The narration was excellent.
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.
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.