This is another instance where I've purchased a book because of the great reviews. I agree with Kathy's review, except I thought the narrator was OK. I didn't feel any character was well developed and really disliked the back and forth between the character stories. At first I thought I didn't "bond" with the book because I wasn't traveling very much and therefore was only able to listen in short spurts. When it was over, I was glad. I also felt there was too much time spent on the son, who was not integral to the story in my opinion. The other characters could have used all that story line time.
Superb performance and lovely descriptions of place aren't enough to fluff up the rather flat characters and rather predictable story. Pasquale and Dee, were probably the closest to fully fledged characters, but still not enough to drum up emotion to really drive the story for me. Lacking some real character driven events, the storyline is injected with a few odd, somewhat awkward, turns to keep it moving to the desired conclusion. Overall, not a completely unpleasant diversion though, the actor's performance is brilliant and it's easy to imagine losing oneself on one of these islands.
After a series of very enjoyable listens, I read the reviews for this book and thought that it sounded good. Despite a number of starts and stops, I just could not engender any interest in the story. I kept thinking that it would get better, but for me, it did not. I gave up just into the second part.
This barely deserves two stars, in my opinion. A sentimental fiction that revolves around Hollywood characters in 1962, the present, and in-between, with Italy thrown in for good measure. None of the characters is rememberable, the use of Richard Burton (with a fiction created around him that's almost too stupid to bear) is beyond the pale, and the constant time-shifting is schizophrenic. Even the male protagonist, Pasquale, is unremarkable, and I spent the whole book waiting for him to make a correct decision - or any decision, for that matter. The way the author wraps up the tale, updating us on what happened to all the characters, suggests that he had a publishing deadline to make and had to deal with them all in one chapter instead of many. Why this book got so many great reviews is beyond me.
I don't know who would enjoy this book, because I could not read it to the end. Maybe there is a point in which it becomes more exciting, but I did not reach this part...
I have to say I am a bit disappointed, since it was a highly recommended book. The cover also attracted me, but in the end, it was just boring and not the kind of story dynamics I was expecting.
Yes, I'd try another book from this authors.
This book was entertaining but in no way should it be compared to "The Help". It caught my attention but it wasn't a book I couldn't stop listening to. I gave it three stars because it was just alright. This is the first time I ever wrote a review and I am doing so because I was duped into listening and perhaps I can save someone else the $$$ or a credit.
It was an okay story. I purchased this based on reviews, but it did not hold up to the hype. Anyone who liked this would try an Ann River Siddons novel.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Let me say from the top that the narration of this book has got to be one of the best ever. The voices of the characters are perfect. It deserves something more than 5 stars. Then again, there was a lot to work with. Love and loss, dreams, reality, responsibility, family ... it's all here. It's impossible not to relate to just a little bit of most of the characters - all of whom are deep and flawed and very real. Terrific book club book. Lots to talk about after.
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One of the worst books I've ever listened to. The story is absurd and only real life can be as stupid as this book.
After reading all of the reviews, I was excited about reading this book. But it turned out that it was a huge disappointment. I found the writing rather blah and uninteresting. The author did not hold my attention and the story line was uneventful at best.