While I enjoyed the book, I felt it was a little drawn out and fairly predictable. The narration, however, was fantastic.
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!
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!
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.