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.
First, listening to this is like having a voice mail machine or Kindle voice read it to you....flat, dull and boring.
Then, the book is so absurd, and boring that I have given up and gone to something else for fear I'll have road rage listening and driving at the same time.
Fortunately this is a "cyber" book or I'd throw it out the car window...but then my iPod would be gone. It really doesn't rate one star but there are no half stars
This was a great listen all the way through - holding my attention from the beginning, but getting progressively suspenseful to the very end. Great, great book. The narrator reads well and has a nice, low, female voice.