Overall, I thought the story was extremely drawn out and depressing. There seemed to be no happiness in the couple and it was difficult to imagine why they were even together. Even when Isabel is raising Lucy, she can barely step away from the painful past. Tom is a sweet, principled man but you kind of get frustrated by his nobility. His righteousness gets frustrating.
The ending. The entire story was wrenching and sad and you hope that Isabel will have some form of connection to Lucy again, but she doesn't. And it's a real stretch that though Hannah was so ready to give Lucy "back" to Isabel she decided against it when learning that Lucy took an active role in keeping Lucy. Meanwhile, nothing had really changed. Isabel loved Lucy. And Lucy (Grace) loved Isabel. So this woman's "love" for her daughter was clearly overshadowed by her bitterness over the couple who kept her. Yes, it was wrong not to report it but they saved her life and cared for her deeply.
I bought the audio book and the narration really killed this book. I may have considered it more favorably if only I could have clearly understood the narration. Yes, the reader has an Australian accent, which is lovely as it's set appropriately. But his voice has no inflection and he has a persistently annoying style of trailing off at the end of every paragraph into an inaudible mumble. On this point alone, I felt cheated. Who approved this voice over?!
Hannah's mother. Totally unnecessary.
Just the narrator. No inflection and he has a persistently annoying style of trailing off at the end of every paragraph into an inaudible mumble. I had to repeat so often I just tired of it and let it go.
I enjoyed this story. life is full of difficult choices in this was a peek into the difficult choices made by many. the book was great, the narrator a little hard to understand at points. Overall I enjoyed the book and the performance.
My only issue with the book was the narration. At some points, it was difficult to understand the narrator's accent. It got easier towards the end.
Excellent story line with characters that you want to learn more about.
I really wanted to listen to the book before I went to go see the movie. However, there was just no way that I could get through the book. I had to slow down the reading and turn up the volume and I still cannot listen clear enough. sorry.
For any if you that don't hear the best, don't start this book thru audible... You'd be better off reading the book. I cannot understand much of what he says. He's got a lisp and his voice drops to low making it hard to understand. Why be a narrator if you have a lisp....I have no idea. Who ever wrote the good reviews in favor of this narrator, must have been paid to write them.
I wouldn't listen to this book again. The story was so-so, and pretty sad overall, but the thing that drove me crazy was that the narration was SO HARD TO HEAR! This narrator ends almost all of this sentences in a whisper. Less than a whisper, actually, and it's maddening. I often listen in my car and I had the stereo up so loud that the white noise in between words was MUCH louder than his voice. I feel like I missed a lot of the story. It's a shame... he has a good voice, and I felt his voice fit the characters, but it was so dang hard to hear. Terrible.
Not for a while... I need to regain my hearing before I attempt another whispered novel.