The story was just not compelling. The writing is below average. If you like this author, I suppose it may worthwhile. Just boring and seems like it was written to attract middle age women.
I have before, but she just is not a great writer.
It is just ok for the writer's fans. Completely overrated.
This could have been a good book if not for the plethora of unnecessary descriptions. The character came across as a dim-witted dolt due largely to the unbearably slow, monotonous tone of the narrator. It seems that if a small group of people are wrestling with giant snake, there should be a bit of excitement in the narrative. Instead, the slow, soothing tones could put you right to sleep!
This book had received a lot of great reviews, so I figured the book couldn't be too bad... and I'm so glad I followed my instinct. This has been one of my favorite books!! I didn't expect to feel this strongly about a book, but I feel like it was so well written without being over the top the descriptive, that I had to share. I've had experiences with books that feel like they they go on and on "describing" things just to fill pages. The way State Of Wonder described things made you understand EXACTLY what the author was saying. There were parts where I became emotional from it all... Anyway, get this book. You won't regret it.
This book was good from the very start. The story is very orignal. The narator does a fantastic job. The end of the book leaves a few questions unanswered.
Lover of historical fiction. I have turned to audiobooks to supplement scare reading time, amidst a busy job and parenting.
Listening to this audiobook prompted me to listen to two more Ann Patchett books and to seek other books narrated by Hope Davis. The central character is sympathetic, though the twist that resolves the story seems far fetched. You have to love the crusty 70-something researcher that she has to track down. Like Patchett's Bel Canto, you have an unusual cast of characters involved in unusual relationships; pushing the bounds of convention makes for an interesting, though not always believable, tale.
I'll start out by saying this was entertaining and engrossing, and the reader was excellent ...but..
Maybe it's just me because I am a scientist and develop drugs. The entire premise was completely inaccurate, and illogical to boot. Okay, so there's artistic license. This is far beyond that. NO company is going to fund something and not require a detailed regular report from the researcher. And no company would consider letting a funded researcher develop a drug's efficacy and safety in a makeshift lab and not know all the details. To say that drug development is so much more involved than that is an understatement.
And the feasibility of "the drug" that they kept referring to was ludicrous. They did all this work for years and then decided all of a sudden that it wasn't something people wanted? Without discussing that with the funding company!? Isn't that what happens BEFORE all the research even begins? (hint: It is).I kept hoping it wasn't going to be that simplistic and, well, dumb, but alas. Plus, their use of the term "vaccine" wasn't really kosher, but that artistic license I'll grant.
I don't want to seem pedantic, but COME ON.
Love the story and characters, some of the reviews were a tad negative but I've always been a fan of Patchett's and this book didn't let me down. A nice change of pace!
Ann Patchett is a remarkable storyteller -- this book is fabulous! She paints a vivid picture of the location and the people . . . she story is thought-provoking and inspiriing.
Long dull and boring story. Half of it is about the protagonist's daddy issues. flashbacks and dreams and constantly searching for the daddy that abandoned her as a child. She finds him in her lover, in a Brazilian, and even her old mentor, who happens to be a 70 year old pregnant woman. This book is a waste of time.