Was disappointed by this book. Written at an 8th grade level. Tedium of domestic life in foreign cities whose descriptions could have been pulled from travel brochures. Unconvincing premise.
Driving to and from work has never been so enjoyable. Traffic jams are welcome...!
The story is good, but a little lacking in substance. The narration equals this as well. You sort of expect a great climax, but my reaction was, 'that's it?'
As 'exciting' as the book.
My husband and I bought this book because we too have been expats and in many ways miss that life. These expats are nothing like us though, which made the story much more interesting than if the book were about my expat life. We certainly enjoyed the book, evidenced by our desire to get in the car to drive somewhere, anywhere, so that we could continue listening.
Like many others have already mentioned, though, the book is confusing. Perhaps this would be one that would be better read than listened to. Often we had to pause the book to ask one another "when" in the story we were. Despite that, it was a good read, and if you don't have time to buy the book and read it in a comfy chair, the audio book is an acceptable alternative.
No to the author, yes to the narrator.
The story spun out of control at the end, and frankly, became rather ridiculous.
I don't listen to books a 2nd time
For me, this was when Kate was walking home and she felt someone following her. She waited for the stalker and then took action with only an umbrella and her skills.
I thought the narrator did a fine job with both male and female voices and I never had to really think about who was talking.
All of my listening is done during my commute...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the descriptions of Lux and Eurpoe, the weather and the surroundings and all of the minor characters. I liked Kate's comment to "ham, ham, more damn ham'. This made Kate more real to me. I felt like Kate and Dex, and Jake and Ben and even Julia and Bill had become my friends by the end of the book and I did not want to tell them goodbye. I read one review that said the book was boring but I did not think so. I have recommended this book to others.
The story was well-crafted, lots of twists and turns!! Like other reviewers said, you have to pay attention and the flashbacks are a bit hard at first but once you get used to that, it's fine.
Yes, it had many aspects i was not expecting....and i have to admit, was late getting into my office because i was still listening in the car :)
The narrator was easy to listen to, a good performance.
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
The Expats was a difficult listening in that the time element of the story changes frequently without acknowledging a change in time period, The only time reference was to the present. Maybe in print there is a break in the type to signify a previous time period. To complicate the listening, Mozhan Marno , the narrator voice is not adequate enough to identify characters and the male voice is very false.The story plot is intriguing if you can focus on the right time line, but the ending leave one holding on for more explanation.
Very poor job
I bet it comes across better on the page, but I felt the jumps within the story were distracting.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
Perhaps if I had the written pages to refer to I would have been able to follow the frequent jumps in time. The story was hard to believe but the author pulled that off in the end.I am hesitant to recommend this book.
The main character was interesting but the plot was a bit silly. While the first half of the book was original, the second half was dull. It was easy to anticipate the plot twists. Still, I listened until the end. If the author writes a second novel with the same main character, I don't think I will download it. This is a good book for the beach but not a stellar book that will leave you thinking about it long after you have finished.