For a book that is on the best seller list and that has been made into a movie I'm surprised. What a sad depressing book. You keep hoping and rooting for the characters and then it gets worse. There has to be something to make it seem worth it, but there isn't. It doesn't focus on anything truly positive. Just the poor decisions and unfortunate circumstances. This book denies hope and mocks prayers. If you want to spend days fretting and worry about the characters of a book only to feel more depressed, then have a listen.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and since it's coming out as a movie I thought I'd give it a try. The book was sad all the way to the end. I won't be watching the movie!
overall I enjoyed this title. However the narration was difficult to understand. the Australian accent was appropriate to the story but this narrator has a habit of trailing off his phrases. Sometimes the end of sentences and phrases were so quiet that I could not understand what was being said. That in combination with the accent made following this story a little difficult at times.
The narrator was good, but the production was a little too quiet.
Even using an external speaker, I repeatedly hAd to hit the review button to listen to ends of sentences lost to low volume or swallowed by the reader.
I was initially reluctant to use my one credit on this because the narrator had gotten such poor reviews here. But I decided to take a chance and AM SO HAPPY I DID. The narrator was absolutely amazing and the way his voice trailed down at the end of some sentences was an artistic touch that he used (amongst others) to give more meaning to the story. The story itself is so much more than the basic story of baby being found in a lost boat and wrongly kept by the couple. It uses the metaphors of oceans and light and navigation to relate to human experience and emotion and life-choices. It is an amazing book all around and a really wonderful audiobook. At the end, I bawled my eyes out as I drove to work and everyone asked me why I looked so awful. Get this audiobook. (I didn't see movie yet, I wanted to listen first.)
This story tugged at my heart. I know a lot of people didn't like the narration, but I thought it was spot on. It was so tender and somber, like the story.