It was ok to listen to in the car. It took a while to get into. Ending came out of the blue, had to go read reviews to understand what had happened. Anticlimactic, left with many questions. According to some reviewers that's what makes it a good book -- the author doesn't hand you everything on a platter -- but to me it seems like he ran up against a deadline and had to finish in a hurry!
No, I don't think my friends would like it.
If it was appropriate to the character. He wasn't a favorite.
Probably not. I got the whole concept of the book that we can't necessarily trust our own memories of things, but I really felt like this book was just so full of itself that I had a hard time relating to it or liking the characters.
No, I think this book is complete in and of itself.
I really wanted to like this book and, with its Booker win, gave it the benefit of the doubt. I think this books was so wrapped up in its own concept of our untrustworthy memories that it failed some in fleshing out characters and creating an intriguing plot.
Very near the top
The Painted Veil
A British accent
A bit of a slow start, but after the first few minutes almost impossible to stop listening. Stirring, genuine, thought provoking.
The Sense of an Ending: A Novel didn't really have a sense of an ending for me. However, I recommend it to every Audible listener. It makes you think about your life and your memories. You begin to wonder just how much historical revisionism you have applied to your own life.
Introspective, sad, eye opening
This book made me think of Martin Amis books but it was much easier to understand and relate to. The atmosphere makes this book and the lead character is completely believable. It is this easy and intimate relationship one feels with the main character that makes the book so interesting and then makes the reader examine her/his own life and the stories we tell ourselves.
Tony - the main character - carries the book.
When the main character is told that he never got it and he never will, it leaves him and the reader desperately trying to figure out what is there to be gotten. Once the reality becomes clear, the reader has the urge to go back and re-read. The delusion of the main character is the delusion of the reader.
Yes it was very engaging and makes you think about the nature of memory and thought
the many surprising plot developments and the reflections on memory
His awesome accent. I started thinking in a British accent after my commute.
It didn't make me cry but it was very thought provoking about a number of topics- suicide, memory, how we justify our own actions, our life story, growing older, and many more
Cunningly and painfully insightful
The structure. Barnes plays the same tricks of the human psyche on the reader touching deeply and devilishly into it.
Beautiful. While I would have loved a change of voice for each character, the somber one voice he read with has its charm and goes along with the novel's mood.
Remembering to Forget
The novel is short, yet is packed with a whole world of emotions and quite some surprises. The writing is wonderful and the insights are deep and invigorating.
i like to read. i like to listen.
I'm not sure. I liked the character of Tony. I thought his insights and philosophies were great. I didn't like the ending. I think that this could have been a great character study, if it were just left at that. I didn't need the "shock" ending.
Yes. Definitely. The way that Barnes writes is easy and lends itself really well to listening on audiobook.
I enjoyed his embodiment of Tony. There were some times that I forgot he was an actor, and I really felt that he was telling his own story. That's a huge compliment.
It did. Which is why I would listen to another Barnes story. It made me think of the way that I view my past. And investigate in my own memory if I have invented a history for myself that isn't actually based in fact.
Within the 150 or so pages of this novel, Barnes packs a man's life! In listening to the book narrated by Richard Morant, I felt I developed a better understanding of the main character Tony Webster. He is not a likeable man. A careful listen helped me see more clearly the failings of this man and his inability to "get it".
This was not a fast moving story but it comes together in a way that leaves you thinking about it after it is over. The British accent of the male narrator got on my nerves but that is just a personal thing. I would reccomend it.