While I enjoyed the book, I felt it was a little drawn out and fairly predictable. The narration, however, was fantastic.
Not much of a review here. Couldn't get into. Bored from the start. Maybe got two thirds through then, gave up. Characters flat. Story, well, it is an imaginary tale. Those natives? I thought educated people were supposed to stop doing that to strangers? Many people like her work. What am I missing? I want the pleasure and insights too.
This story had a nice build up and a compelling setting. But I was not compelled by the story or the voice. The voicing was relatively monotonous, a sort of airy voice that sought after wonder, but ended up just sounded bored. The setting and action of the story had so much potential, like the Amazon itself. Brimming with possibilities that I felt were just stopped short of anything worthwhile. The ending felt stopped short, there was hardly resolution. The climatic scene was dramatic and surprising, but again stopped short before I felt a state of wonder.
Overall I feel the whole thing did not fill the shoes it set out to fill.
Carol Ward Yoga
I was really enthralled with the setting being in the jungle.
I could almost feel the heat and humidity there.
Took me awhile to figure out what was going on but I didn't know what the book was about and then when they left for brazil I was hooked
Unable to put down ~ Uniquely Fantastic
Bel Canto, but I liked State of Wonder better...because Bel Canto's ending was dissatisfying for me.
"STOP THE BOAT" scene
"Who knew a doctor of pharmacology could be interesting without being a felon"....but no that wouldn't sell the movie to the masses...so I guess I'd go with..."Conquer the Rainforest, your Fears and your Peers in a State of Wonder"
If you liked other audiobooks by Ann Patchett...or any Margaret Attwood...or any other quality writer...listen to this book! Also, regarding the narrator; at first I thought the slight lisp would bother me...but no...Hope Davis is a great narrator...she has a great understanding of tone and inflection...and the lisp becomes endearing.
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.
I read so I can write
I wasn't sure what to expect from this story. It was one that I thought might be worth reading. It was amazing. The characters are strong, the story has mystery and interest and kept me from first to finish. Worth your time and credit. Great narration as well.
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!