While I enjoyed the book, I felt it was a little drawn out and fairly predictable. The narration, however, was fantastic.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I truly enjoyed State of Wonder, but I'm having some trouble articulating just why I liked it so much. I think that it is mainly due to the compelling, semi-scientific story and Ann Patchett's skillful use of language and storytelling. Dr. Marina Singh and Dr. Annick Swenson are both very interesting, well-written characters, and the exploration of their teacher-student relationship is a large part of what makes this book great. Mentors are often held in awe along with a small bit of fear, espec...moreI truly enjoyed State of Wonder, but I'm having some trouble articulating just why I liked it so much. I think that it is mainly due to the compelling, semi-scientific story and Ann Patchett's skillful use of language and storytelling. Dr. Marina Singh and Dr. Annick Swenson are both very interesting, well-written characters, and the exploration of their teacher-student relationship is a large part of what makes this book great. Mentors are often held in awe along with a small bit of fear, especially when they have had a large part in shaping your life, but that relationship changes when both people mature and their paths diverge. I won't recount the storyline, but I found myself immersed in this book in spite of some of the more ludicrous details of the plot. I don't think that a pharmaceutical company would keep sending lab scientists to the jungle in search of the previously "lost" scientist, and the fertility drug research seemed very strange to me. I think a safe and efficacious anti-malarial would have been quite believable. It is due to Patchett's writing skill, replete with details of insects and anacondas, that I loved this book despite some of the less believable details.
I loved listening to this book because of the different accents.
When many truths were revealed it was so fascinating and in some ways unexpected.
This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. I was indeed sad when it ended. Patchett's writing is so detailed and the characters and plot are interwoven but yet, easy to follow. The character development was exceptional. I would love to see a part two of this particular story.
This book came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. This is the first book by Patchett I've read and I'm eager now to get into her other works. Patchett's prose is lovely and some of her imagery will stick with me always. We come to know her characters gradually, as circumstances and dialog lead them to reveal more of their personal histories, motives, desires, and regrets.
This is a definite "re-listen."
Hope Davis does a skilled job of narration. I'm adding her to my list of favorites!
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a great story with great characters and plenty of exciting plot twists and turns. Hope Davis' performance was FABULOUS too! I highly recommend this.
In this world of talentless people becoming famous and mediocrity becoming celebrated (Who is John Galt, anyway?), we are blessed with Ann Patchett, who is a talented writer who clearly strives for excellence. This is a good story with interesting characters. This is a book filled with perfectly chosen words, phrases and sentences. It evokes emotion, it envelopes the reader in atmosphere and it does what a good novel is supposed to do: puts you in a state of wonder about what's going to happen next! It also makes you think about current trends in medicine and pharmacology and the moral considerations of both. I really loved this book!
This book was wonderful. Loved the characters, and cared about them. For me, that's what counts.
Its a story about a woman who goes looking for her good friend & coworker who is lost in the jungle. Along the way we meet a tough old bird who's exterior is peeled back to reveal a lost, tender woman who really can love. We meet our heroine after she's lost in the maze of her own mind for most of the story as she confronts her own desire to procreate. And we also meet silly, stereotypical natives. Its a long, grueling story that seems to take forever but in a matter of minutes you've reached the end and yearn for another chapter.
THis is another book that kept my attention riveted from start to end. I wished it had not ended.