I listened to it to the end because I was curious, but this book was repetitive and boring.
Desperation is in every page. It is well written, but she repeats it over and over again!
Audio book lover for over a decade. Live and listen in Aberystwyth, Wales
A bleak existential nightmare comes to life through Winslet's appreciation for the work and beautiful reading.
The story is a cross between Albert Camus' The Stranger and Edgar Allen Poe's Tell-tale Heart with a bit of Stephen King thrown in!
Definitely worth the ride though. A great experience...
The narration of Kate Winslet was totally absorbing. Her rendition of the characters draw you in at once to the unfolding of the story. Even the supposed atmosphere was palpable. I knew the narrator was involved in the story.
Therese's character continually develops with events. This is a story about obsession and guilt.
These characters will stay with you for a long time.
I am too busy to read, but I love reading! Audible makes it easy to listen to books while I am at work or on my way to School!
The story line definilty captures your attention, but without Kate Winslet reading it, the book could have been dull. I loved listening to a well known actress read a classic. I am going to be listening to other A-list books because of this one!
Kate Winslet was really good, but this story was too much of a downer for me. I didn't really care about the characters. There was nothing very likable about any of them and I couldn't find any reason to care about any of them. Except the cat. I felt bad for the cat. I had no reason to dislike the cat though I didn't really care much about it either.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I loved hearing Kate Winslet narrate this book. However, the plot is too long and drawn out in the last half of the book. Basically this is a story like "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, but it's a lot longer. Then there are elements of "The Scarlet Letter" thrown in there, too. In the end it seems more like a drawn out morality tale. I did like the descriptive writing of Zola, although I guess that is due to the translator, as well.
I just didn't enjoy the the story
Art of running
No, but she was the best part of this listen
Disappointment, and boredom
I think I should download the excerpt...but this would not have helped I don't think
I read that Zola set out to make a study of character, and not personality. But he has created deeply flawed and uninteresting characters.
I'm not sure I'll read more Zola, but he hasn't ruined a genre for me.
This is the first and I love the way she reads.
All of them. I'd rather read a travelogue of Paris in that era.
although there were plot twists, the writer (sorry Emile) took too long to get to the inevitable conclusion
the last page