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
I love Kate Winslet, her voice is amazing and so soothing. I would listen to anything she read. From a cookbook to a medical research journal! If it wasn't for her performance, I would have stopped listening. It was a very predictable and very depressing. But artistically well written and performed.
There is some real cleverness in the story. The darkness is reminiscent of Poe and O Henry
no...too depressing. None of the characters are likable. Translation from French can be awkward at times
no...one was plenty
Get Winslet to read more books!
I'm a mobile x-ray tech that spends a ton of time driving and listening to audiobooks. Love scifi and historical fiction.
Yes, I would listen to this book again. The story is rich with passion and revenge. It was a fun listen.
The journey of emotions was my favorite aspect. This book covers nearly every emotion one can experience from absolutely smothering boredom to bitter regret and hatred.
Kate Winslet breathes life into the characters with her acting skills. She gives each character a unique vocal identity without being obvious or patronizing. I feel she heightened the personalities to a level I might not have attained by reading alone.
Too much of the same thing.........especially at the last half of the book
Narration was good but story lacked.