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
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!