Ann Patchett's superb writing is what kept me captivated throughout this novel. The setting is described with great care and the people of the land are developed to become one with the land. I found the story dragged in the middle. The narrator is appropriate and delivers the story nicely. Parts of this reminded me of The Poisionwood Bible in the way the setting was a character in the story and some of the characters were part of the setting while others are intruders and still others adapt to the land.
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.
This is the perfect Book to read when the humidity is over 80%! You already FEEL like you're in the Amazon and Anne Patchett will transport you there.
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.
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.