Very hard to understand. He speaks very quietly, then loudly, so altering the volume of the device only makes it worse. His accent is distracting as well.
Read (listened to) this for a book club read. I loved the characters and the development of the story. I sympathized with so many of the characters and understood their actions a different times. It's a heartbreaking story where there were really no winners. I recommend this book to others.
I enjoyed listening to this book. The reader made it a very intimate story in how it was read. I felt like I was there with the characters experiencing everything they were going through. The story itself was riveting for me in terms of the plot. It was all very well done!
Didn't read the print version, but considering the awful narration of the audio, that would have to have been better.
My input here would be a spoiler.
I get some of the positive comments about the "authentic Aussie" narrator, but the combination of his heavy accent and low decibel level made many of his passages unintelligible. If it's not too late, the publisher should consider a do-over using an American artist.
I never do that, but about half way through this one I was tempted.
Normally the thought of a "nobody wins" plot would not seem very appealing, but this one is incredibly so. Brilliant plot.
I have never seen so many negative reviews of a narrator of any book on Audible, but who knows, the guy could be a real smash down under.
I'm writing just to say that people can be a little mean. So the narrator has a bit of a lisp. Did he trail off like many are saying? Yes. But does that mean he sucked? No. I think he did a great job! I loved this story. Can't wait to watch the movie!
Story is good. I liked how the pace changes throughout the book. At times I thought my emotional response to this story should have been stronger. I may have enjoyed it more had I read the book instead of listening. But this might just be me 😀
This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. It was written so well with amazing language and flow. This girl who opened the book is different from the girl who closed it. This book changes you... makes you love and smile and cry. I feel like the characters in this book are real people in my life.
Great book. I loved all of it! The narrator was good except for mumbling at times and trailing off sentences ... Otherwise he was really good. Can't wait to see this on the big screen!
I think I would put it at a 75% ranking. The story is heart wrenching but the reader good have done a better job.
Although it starts slow, once Tom and Isabelle start their relationship the book starts to move and move it does. Once they make the decision to keep the baby they find, you realize their lives will get complicated and that it does...affecting so many people outside their isolated world.
I like the narrator but found myself having to turn up the volume constantly. He would start in a strong voice and finish a paragraph in a whisper as if he ran out of breath. A bit irritating.
Grandfather Septimus. He had a very strong connection with Lulu/Grace upon her return to her mother and I think had a profound influence on her adaption to her new life.
It's a very complicated story and I am happy I listened to it rather than read it. However the ending just sort of ended, jumping to 1950 and Lulu/Grace's visit to Tom. After spending so much of the book building up the characters they just die off or get old.