Someone that is a professional audio book reader. I usually love listening to the author read, especially autobiographies like Bossypants and Kitchen Confidential. But Michael is impossible to understand. I listen to audiobooks on my long commute on the highway, and I had to turn it up to deafening loud to even sort of understand what he was saying. In addition, to his accent being difficult to understand, he would trail off and speak more quietly at the end of every sentence. Insufferable.
keep the title
Loved the characters, and thought the story was worth a read.
I would like to read the "hard copy", having listened to the Audible.
Miss Lasqueti. She is a single woman with a mysterious past and a kind present. The detail of the vest with the pigeons creates a wonderful instant visual.
For one, I know how to pronounce all the exotic names of the characters that I might not be able to on the page.
Not sure I could improve on the title.
English major. Love to read
This is a tender story and a masterful way of learning about other people 's lives. I agree with the reviewer who likened this to the kind of book that you can imagine reading in a beautifully appointed library. I can't remember enjoying a book so deeply.
Audible books performed by the author are often quite good. Barbara Kingsolver, for example, does an excellent job. In this case, however, the performance distracted from the novel making it difficult to follow. This one would be better to read in print.
I really love travel books, but Michael Ondaatje has SUCH A DRY VOICE, I couldn't focus on it! I listen to audiobooks in the car and his drone was putting me to sleep! It should be an exciting book but (sorry, Michael) his voice is just not a good fit.
Dry, monotone, lackluster, blends words together. Unable to reduce the bass from his voice enough.
Just read the book. Let your inner voice bring it to life.
I absoutely loved listening to the author read his own book. This added a particularly wonderful and unique quality to this audiobook. Loved the story.
Listening to the author read his autobiographical, if perhaps somewhat novelistically enhanced, story of his boyhood adventures aboard the ship "Oronsay," is possibly the most rewarding audible experience I've had, certainly in my top five audiobooks. The pacing is perfect, and even though Ondatjee doesn't "do voices" for different characters, you practically always know who is speaking by the intonation and context. I so like this audiobook I"m going to buy the book to savor it again as a read, but I highly recommend this audiobook.
A boys sea voyage changes everyone aboard.
This is a poetic performance that deserves the slow, measured delivery that Michael Ondaatje gives the written material. The story evolves in a mesmerizing, understated evolution. I've listened to it twice and will look forward to hearing it again.
The characters are haunting and the story is very intriguing. It was interesting to hear the words and tones of the author's reading. As all book listeners know, the reader makes all the difference in the world and hearing Ondaatje's voice added to the book for me.
Credibility and a more melancholy tone than I think I would have read myself..
The story is very interesting and informative of a specific time in history. A sweet story, it's also sad; the characters have very complicated lives.
This is a three-fer: intriguing storyline, fantastic prose, and captivating narration by the author. His voice compels you to listen, and impels you into his voyeuristic world on board ship and beyond.
I've been disappointed in the last two Ondaatje novels, but this has the poetry and observation of his best work, and the power of a whirlpool to draw you in to the violence under the calm.
I've bought a half-dozen copies as presents; well worth it.