This a sad collection of way too many characters. The "story" , or lack thereof, jumps from era to era, character to character, country to country. Good luck trying to keep track of where you are in the book. And then again, about half way through I realized that I didn't want to keep track and really wanted nothing more to do with the pathetic souls who wander through this dreary book.
I didn't read this book yet, but I really enjoyed the narrator's performance, so I would assume that he just took a great book and made it better. With so many reference to things in Italian, it was a plus for me to hear the correct pronunciation, which I don't think I would have accomplished on my own, just reading this book. I will probably give it a read myself at some point.
There were many. I really enjoyed any of the scenes that took place in the village.
My only critique would be that some parts could get a little slow and wandering with maybe a touch more flowery philosophical musings than was absolutely necessary. But, it was a minor annoyance, and did not take away from the overall story. I knew there were exciting things coming up, and sometimes felt like it was taking too long to get to them. But like I said, not at all reason enough to no love love love this book.
great performance by narrator
complex story with tender and funny moments.
I think this is the perfect title
Say something about yourself!
I stopped listening after a few chapters. I might try again when I'm bored.
I feel I wasted my credit on this one; I went off other recommendations but I found it very slow; I couldn't stick with it and jumped to the end just to see what happened.
I just couldn't get into this story. It started off too slow and still hadn't picked up the pace by the 5th chapter.
While I appreciated the author's descriptive elements with regards to the characters and scenery, at times it was overkill and just not necessary. It really made the book drag.
I thought the narrator did well with the Italian accent necessary for certain characters, however I didn't care for his overall performance. His narration of female voices was too airy and wishy-washy, almost making the primary character sound dippy and contrary to how the author described her.
Just really not sure why Audible picked this as the best book of 2012. I was expecting absolute greatness and didn't get it. Have read better.
I too clicked on the icon of the book by mistake. When I read Cindy's review I was intrigued.
She said it was the best mistake she ever made. I ordinarily would not have picked this book. In fact, I passed it over many times in viewing my audible selections.
This book is wonderful!! I usually go for thrillers, but I have to say that after this book, I will expand my horizons. The ending was beautiful. The narration was excellent!!! 5 stars to you Jess Walter!!
Definitely recommended. The story is compelling, and the characters are people to care about.
Pasquale Tursi's sweetness was the best part for me. I get very tired of revolting characters; Pasquale is the opposite, a person to love.
Pasquale and Dee in the abandoned gun turret was a scene so beautifully rendered that I felt I was there with them, seeing sunlight hit the paintings on the wall.
I stayed glued to the book, emotions shifting, but never in a violent way.
The story and the narrator meld together to provide an unforgettable experience for the listener. I'll wait a while, then listen to this one again . . . and again.
I am not much for telling you what story's are about, but more of how I felt during listening to them. I felt content with this very good story and I recommend it to all. Is is very well narrated and really worth the time spent.